56 days in Germany, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

56 days in Germany, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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Hamburg, Germany
— 6 nights
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Texel, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 7 nights
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Trier, Germany
— 6 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 5 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 6 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 5 nights
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Berlin, Germany
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Hamburg, Germany

— 6 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Miniatur Wunderland and Kunsthalle Hamburg will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alter Elbtunnel and Red Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Serengeti-Park Hodenhagen (in Hodenhagen), Altes Land (in Jork) and Wildpark Lueneburger Heide (in Hanstedt). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at The Wadden Sea, Germany, admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get a sense of history and politics at Townhall.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hamburg trip builder tool.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Hamburg is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Texel.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Texel, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the striking features of De Hervormde Kerk van Den Burg Texel uit 1452, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Texel, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at de Hervormde kerk Den Hoorn Texel uit 1425. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora, get engrossed in the history at Luchtvaart- En Oorlogsmuseum Texel, then surround yourself with nature on Calidris Birdsafaries, and finally hike along Sommeltjespad.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Texel trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Hamburg to Texel takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hamburg in June, plan for little chillier days in Texel, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Texel

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side 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.
Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. You'll explore and learn at Rijksmuseum and NEMO Science Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Haarlem (Grote Markt & Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)), Old Church (in Delft) and Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, stroll through Landtong Rozenburg, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ronde Hoep Polder.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and train from Texel to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 6 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Groeningemuseum and Graslei and Korenlei. Get some historical perspective at Gravensteen and Ghent City Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (St. Nicholas' Cathedral, St Michael's Bridge, &more), Tyne Cot Cemetery (in Zonnebeke) and Ieper (Ypres) (In Flanders Fields Museum & Menin Gate Memorial). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, identify plant and animal life at Provincial Domain Bulskampveld, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bruges road trip planning site.

Getting from Amsterdam to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. June in Bruges sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 7 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Atomium. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grand Place and Parc du Cinquantenaire. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Ardennes American Cemetery (in Neupre), Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout) and La Roche-aux-Faucons (in Esneux). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Carolus Borromeus Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Brussels, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Trier, Germany

— 6 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eltz Castle and Freilichtmuseum. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Neroberg. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trier: Cochem (Historische Senfmuehle & Reichsburg Cochem), Schlagkamp Weinmuseum (in Senheim) and Aachen Cathedral (in Aachen). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mainz Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Nationalpark Eifel, and pause for some serene contemplation at Domstadt (Cathedral City).

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Trier planning website.

You can drive from Brussels to Trier in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Germany

— 5 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
You'll explore and learn at Fortress Marienberg and Reichsstadtmuseum. Popular historic sites such as Würzburg Residence and Schloss Veitshöchheim are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Rothenburg: Wurzburg (Marienkapelle, Neumuenster, &more), Wildpark Schloss Tambach (in Weitramsdorf) and Bamberg (Bamberg Cathedral & Bamberg Altstadt). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Town Walls, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Trier to Rothenburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In July in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 6 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Popular historic sites such as Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Munich Residenz and Alte Pinakothek. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Schwangau (Schloss Neuschwanstein & Kirche St. Georg), Marienmunster (in Diessen) and Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and walk around English Garden.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Munich travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Munich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Dresden.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Dresden, Germany

— 5 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Let the collections at The Dresden Zwinger and Schillers Wohnhaus capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Goethe National Museum and St. Thomas Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dresden: Koenigstein Fortress (in Koenigstein), Schwarzwassertal (in Marienberg) and Obere Schleuse Kirnitschklamm (in Hinterhermsdorf). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Albertinum, examine the collection at Panometer Dresden, learn about all things military at Museum of Military History, and don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dresden trip planner.

Getting from Munich to Dresden by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. In July in Dresden, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 6 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Appreciate the collections at Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Charlottenburg Palace and Berliner Dom. Explore Berlin's surroundings by going to Potsdam (Heilandskirche am Port von Sacrow, Schloss Cecilienhof, &more). There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Neues Museum, and appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin vacation planner.

You can drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · 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.