55 days in Switzerland, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

55 days in Switzerland, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Lugano, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Biel, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Olten, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Almelo, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Lugano, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Monte San Giorgio and Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone. Get some cultural insight at Castello di Montebello and La Chiesa Di San Giovanni Battista. When in Lugano, make a side trip to see Castelli di Bellinzona in Bellinzona, approximately Bellinzona away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Centro storico Gandria, walk around Parco Ciani, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monte San Salvatore, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lugano travel tool.

Valkenburg, The Netherlands to Lugano is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, Lugano is somewhat warmer than Valkenburg - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Lugano

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Friedhof Fluntern and Old Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as St Mauritius Church and Haus zum Rech are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried (in Neerach) and Peakdivers (in Bunzen). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum Appenzell, admire the masterpieces at Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zurich journey tool.

Fly from Lugano to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lugano in June: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bern, Switzerland

— 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kleine Scheidegg and Mosesbrunnen. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Artilleriewerk Faulensee and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Oberhofen Castle (in Oberhofen am Thunersee), Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Schlosskirche) and Maennlichen (in Grindelwald). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Thun, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern, and admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bern trip itinerary builder tool.

Take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Basel, Switzerland

— 1 night
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Wartenberg, then contemplate the long history of Ermitage, then examine the collection at Pantheon Basel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthauskirche.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Basel journey planner.

Drive from Bern to Basel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Basel sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Lausanne, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Chaplin's World and Gruyeres Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Chillon and Eglise de Saint-Sulpice. Explore Lausanne's surroundings by going to Steed Tours (in Montreux), Riserva naturale Les Grangettes (in Villeneuve) and l'Arboretum National du Vallon de l'Aubonne (in Aubonne). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards and look for all kinds of wild species at Pisciculture de la Gruyere.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lausanne trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Basel to Lausanne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lausanne

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then examine the collection at House of Basketball, and finally admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Anglais, shop like a local with MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Geneva vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Lausanne to Geneva in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Geneva are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Biel.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Biel, Switzerland

— 4 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Biel: Tourbieres des Ponts-de-Martel (in Les Ponts-de-Martel), Gorges de l'Areuse (in Boudry) and SwissSafari GmbH (in Wolfisberg).

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Biel driving holiday planner.

Getting from Geneva to Biel by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Biel can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Olten.

Things to do in Biel

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Olten, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Olten is a town in the canton of Solothurn in Switzerland and capital of the district of the same name.Olten's railway station is within 30 minutes of Zürich, Bern, Basel, and Lucerne by train, and is a rail hub of Switzerland.HistorySignificant amounts of artefacts of the Magdalenian (c. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the activities along Klingnauer Stausee and then look for all kinds of wild species at Heiternplatz.

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Getting from Biel to Olten by car takes about an hour. In June in Olten, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Lucerne.

Things to do in Olten

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Markuskirche, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, and finally identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on Swisspecial.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne road trip planner.

Drive from Olten to Lucerne in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Antwerp.

Things to do in Lucerne

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Beguinage and Rubens House (Rubenshuis). Museum-lovers will appreciate MAS - Museum aan de Stroom and Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Van Duffel (in Duffel), Kinderboerderij Mikerf (in Brasschaat) and Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady and look for all kinds of wild species at Oude Landen.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Antwerp road trip planning site.

Fly from Lucerne to Antwerp in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. 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 Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 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. Let the collections at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’' (in Halle) and Napoleon's Last Headquarters (in Genappe). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Brussels, don't miss a visit to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center.

Discover how to plan a Brussels trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Antwerp to Brussels by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Antwerp, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Let the collections at Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Historic Centre of Brugge and Church of Our Lady Bruges. Venture out of the city with trips to Zonnebeke (Tyne Cot Cemetery & Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917), In Flanders Fields Museum (in Ieper (Ypres)) and Rumbeke Castle (in Rumbeke). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

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Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Bruges, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Ghent, Belgium

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Gravensteen and Graslei and Korenlei are in your itinerary. Saint Bavo's Cathedral and St. Nicholas' Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Ghent: Molsbroek (in Lokeren), Kortrijk (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel & Begijnhof) and WW1 Battlefields Alive (in Beselare). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, explore the different monuments and memorials at Western Cemetery, admire the natural beauty at Beervelde Park, and get to know the fascinating history of St Michael's Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ghent tour planner.

Getting from Bruges to Ghent by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
Let the collections at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles capture your imagination. Visit Madurodam and Old Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotterdam: Landtong Rozenburg (in Rozenburg), Regte Heide & Riels Laag (in Riel) and Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen (in Oisterwijk). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), take in the views from Erasmus Bridge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rotterdam Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Ghent to Rotterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Almelo.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Almelo, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Almelo is a municipality and a city in the eastern Netherlands. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at De Weerribben National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Almelo online trip builder.

Drive from Rotterdam to Almelo in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Almelo

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 6 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rijksmuseum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Edam (Edams Museum & Wijn & Kaas speciaalzaak), Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen (in Woerdense Verlaat) and Haarlem (Gasthuis Huisjes (van het vroegere St. Elisabeth's Gasthuis), Frans Hals Museum, &more). There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, and explore the world behind art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam road trip planner.

Getting from Almelo to Amsterdam by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.