43 days in The Netherlands, Brussels & Cologne Itinerary

43 days in The Netherlands, Brussels & Cologne Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 24 nights
2
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
4
Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights

24
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Begijnhof. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Teylers Museum (in Haarlem) and Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), stop by The Mouse Mansion, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder website.

Manila, Philippines to Amsterdam is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manila to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in May; daily highs in Amsterdam reach °C and lows reach °C. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Teylers Museum, Zandvoort aan Zee
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
nights
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Get some historical perspective at Madurodam and Museum Paul Tetar van Elven. Kids will enjoy The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Scheveningen Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Rotterdam side-trips: Van Kleef & Zoon (in The Hague), museum Beelden aan Zee (in Scheveningen) and Agnetapark (in Delft). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, get engrossed in the history at Panorama Mesdag, tee off at Golfbaan Delfland, and get to know the resident critters at Rotterdam Zoo.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Rotterdam journey planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Rotterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Hague, Delft
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Madurodam ©
Madurodam
Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles ©
Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles

4
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) will appeal to history buffs. Family-friendly places like Atomium and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, and pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Brussels holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ghent
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

4
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cologne Cathedral and Reichsburg Cochem. Kids will enjoy Museum Ludwig and Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum). Get out of town with these interesting Cologne side-trips: Eltz Castle (in Wierschem), Mosel Valley (in Bernkastel-Kues) and Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun (in Daun). Pack the 17th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Phantasialand. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Chocolate Museum, snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, and take a stroll through Konigsallee.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Cologne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Eltz Castle, Phantasialand, Mosel Valley, Konigsallee, Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun
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Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Willet-Holthuysen Museum and Museum Van Loon will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at NEMO Science Museum and Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam capture your imagination. See some other sides of Amsterdam: meet the residents at ARTIS, don't miss a visit to Dam Square, examine the collection at Sexmuseum Amsterdam Venustempel, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online vacation planner.

You can drive from Cologne to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Cologne in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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NEMO Science Museum ©
NEMO Science Museum
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam ©
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam ©
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

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