55 days in Benelux Itinerary

55 days in Benelux Itinerary

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Enschede, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Kerkrade, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Sittard, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Breda, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Charleroi, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Liege, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Genk, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Beringen, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Lier, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Mechelen, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 6 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace). Get some historical perspective at Grote Markt and World Heritage Kinderdijk. Get out of town with these interesting Rotterdam side-trips: Landtong Rozenburg (in Rozenburg), Kinderboerderij De Boerenzwaluw (in Hoofddorp) and The Hague (Madurodam & Kunstmuseum Den Haag). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge, admire the striking features of Euromast, and see the interesting displays at Louwman Museum The Hague.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rotterdam trip itinerary builder.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Rotterdam is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. June in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Utrecht.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Utrecht, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Popular historic sites such as Canals area and Pandhof Domkerk are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Kroller-Muller Museum and Nederlands Openluchtmuseum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kootwijkerzand (in Kootwijk), Airborne Cemetery (in Oosterbeek) and infocentrum slag om Arnhem (in Arnhem). Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Arboretum de Dreijen, have fun and explore at Museum Speelklok, examine the collection at DOMunder, and appreciate the history behind Jan VI van Nassau-Dillenburg (Jan de Oude).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Utrecht trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Utrecht takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Enschede.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Enschede, The Netherlands

— 5 nights
Enschede, also known as Eanske in the local dialect of Twents, is a municipality and a city in the eastern Netherlands in the province of Overijssel and in the Twente region. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Synagogue of Enschede and De Museumfabriek. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kamp Westerbork and Grote Kerk. Venture out of the city with trips to Natuurgebied Holtingerveld (in Uffelte), Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld (in Ruinen) and Het Reestdal (in Balkbrug). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Het Lutterzand, sample the tasty concoctions at Grolsch Brewery Tour, get to know the fascinating history of Zaadmarkt Zutphen-Rijksmonument woonhuis Het Bolwerck uit 1549, and examine the collection at Rijksmuseum Twenthe.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Enschede trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Utrecht to Enschede in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kerkrade.

Things to do in Enschede

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerkrade, The Netherlands

— 1 night
Kerkrade is a town and a municipality in the southeast of Limburg, the southernmost province of the Netherlands.Kerkrade is the western half of a divided city; it was part of the German town of Herzogenrath until the Congress of Vienna in 1815 drew the current Dutch-German border and separated the towns.The two towns, including outlying suburban settlements, have a population approaching 100,000, of which nearly 47,000 in Kerkrade.HistoryThe history of Kerkrade is closely linked with that of the adjacent town of Herzogenrath, just across the German border. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Klooster Wittem, walk around Drielandenpunt, then take an in-depth tour of Thermenmuseum (Roman Baths Museum), and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at GaiaZOO.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kerkrade day trip planning website.

You can drive from Enschede to Kerkrade in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Sittard.

Things to do in Kerkrade

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sittard, The Netherlands

— 3 nights
Sittard is a city in the Netherlands, situated in the southernmost province of Limburg.The town is part of the municipality of Sittard-Geleen and has some 48,400 inhabitants (including those of neighbouring villages Munstergeleen, Limbricht, Einighausen and Guttecoven).In its east, Sittard borders the German municipality of Selfkant (in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia).The city centre is located at 45 m above sea level.HistoryArchaeological discoveries have dated the first settlement in the Sittard area around 5000 B.C. Present day Sittard is assumed to have been founded around 850 A.D. and to have been built around a motte. Museum-lovers will appreciate Eynderhoof Limburgs Openluchtmuseum and Limburgs Museum. Hoensbroek Castle and War Museum Eyewitness are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sittard: Stadhuis Venlo (in Venlo), Nationaal Park De Maasduinen (in Well) and Museum Back in Time (in Horn). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Op Ezel Avontuur and walk around Schutterspark.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sittard trip planner.

Sittard is very close to Kerkrade. In June in Sittard, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Breda.

Things to do in Sittard

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Breda, The Netherlands

— 4 nights
Breda is a municipality and a city in the southern part of the Netherlands. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Miniaturenmuseum Breda and Historische Kilometer. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sint Joostkapel Breda and Helga Deen Garden & Tilburg Synagogue. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Breda: Regte Heide & Riels Laag (in Riel), Den Bosch (Noordbrabants Museum & St. John's Cathedral) and St. Jozef Kerk (in Tilburg). And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on Valkeniershof, admire the striking features of Grote of Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, see the interesting displays at De Kerkschat - Grote Kerk, and walk around Stadspark Valkenberg.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Breda holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Sittard to Breda takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Breda are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Antwerp.

Things to do in Breda

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Antwerp, Belgium

— 3 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and Cathedral of Our Lady. Get some historical perspective at Grote Markt and Beguinage. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antwerp: Hoogstraten (Sint Katharinakerk & Begijnhof Hoogstraten). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, take an in-depth tour of Museum Plantin-Moretus, look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini, and appreciate the history behind Hendrik Conscience Statue.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Antwerp trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Breda to Antwerp in an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ghent.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trip

Ghent, Belgium

— 6 nights
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Historic Centre of Brugge and Ghent City Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gravensteen and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ghent: Bruges (Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, Belfry of Bruges, &more) and Provincial Domain Bulskampveld (in Beernem). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, and look for gifts at Bookz & Booze.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ghent tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Antwerp in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Ghent, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Charleroi.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Charleroi, Belgium

— 3 nights
Charleroi is a city and a municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. Your inner history buff will appreciate Parc de Furfooz and Citadelle (Citadel). Get some cultural insight at Memorial Waterloo 1815 and Musee de la Photographie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Charleroi: Dinant (Citadelle de Dinant & Maison Leffe), Abbaye de Maredsous (in Denee) and Abbaye de Villers (in Villers-la-ville). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Le Bois du Cazier and appreciate the extensive heritage of Passage de la Bourse - Charleroi.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Charleroi online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ghent to Charleroi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Charleroi are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Liege.

Things to do in Charleroi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Liege, Belgium

— 5 nights

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Let the collections at Bastogne Barracks and Bastogne War Museum capture your imagination. Domaine de Palogne and Eglise St-Barthelemy (Church of St. Bartholomew) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Point de vue sur Frahan (in Rochehaut), Chateau de Bouillon (in Bouillon) and Bastogne (Mardasson Memorial & Reg Jans Battlefield Experience - Day Tours). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at La Roche-aux-Faucons, get engrossed in the history at Tresor de Liege, explore the different monuments and memorials at Ardennes American Cemetery, and admire the striking features of Gare de Liege-Guillemins.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Liege route planner.

You can drive from Charleroi to Liege in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Liege, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Genk.

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Genk, Belgium

— 3 nights
Genk is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. Get some historical perspective at Yunus Emre Mosque and Alden Biesen. Do some cultural sightseeing at Open Air Museum Bokrijk and GoalMine. When in Genk, make a side trip to see Reading Between the Lines Church in Borgloon, approximately Borgloon away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at De Teut, explore the landscape on two wheels at Fietsen Door Het Water, explore the striking landscape of Hoge Kempen National Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Tongeren.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Genk route builder app.

You can drive from Liege to Genk in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Genk, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Beringen.

Things to do in Genk

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Beringen, Belgium

— 2 nights
Beringen is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg The Beringen municipality includes the town of Beringen proper and the old communes of Beverlo, Koersel, and Paal.HistoryOriginsBeringen was already inhabited in Celtic times, as proven by the 1995 archeological finds of gold coins and artifacts on its territory. On the 16th (Sat), steep yourself in history at ZLDR Luchtfabriek, examine the collection at Mining Museum Beringen, and then take a tour by water with TODI - The Ultimate Diving Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint-Sulpitiuskerk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Directions Basilliek van Scherpenheuvel, then make a short side trip with Grote Netewoud - Meerhout, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Geel War Cemetery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Beringen online trip builder.

Beringen is very close to Genk. In July, daytime highs in Beringen are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lier.

Things to do in Beringen

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lier, Belgium

— 2 nights
Lier is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. On the 18th (Mon), stroll around De Lilse Bergen, steep yourself in history at Sint-Anna en Sint-Joachim Godshuis, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Gummarus Church. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Zimmer Tower, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof Lier, then examine the collection at Stads Museum Lier, and finally make a trip to Lier Historical Town.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lier trip planner.

Getting from Beringen to Lier by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mechelen.

Things to do in Lier

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Mechelen, Belgium

— 2 nights
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
On the 20th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Rumbold's Cathedral, get to know the resident critters at ZOO Planckendael, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Wespelaar, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijlekerk. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Grote Markt, expand your understanding of the military at Fort Breendonk, identify plant and animal life at Fort Van Duffel, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vismarkt, and finally make a trip to Dijlepad.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the Mechelen trip planner.

Mechelen is just a short distance from Lier. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Mechelen

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Atomium. Your inner history buff will appreciate Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and Parc du Cinquantenaire. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM).

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels day trip planning app.

You can drive from Mechelen to Brussels in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours

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