56 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

56 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
— 8 nights
Train to Den Helder, Ferry to Texel
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Texel, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Ferry to Den Helder, Veerhaven, Train to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 16 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 8 nights
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Liege, Belgium
— 11 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
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Arnhem, The Netherlands

— 8 nights

Little Hague of the East

Arnhem is known mostly for its John Frost Bridge, which the British tried to secure during World War II. The operation was significant enough to be the subject of a movie, "A Bridge Too Far." Many who go to Arnhem do so for its historical museums, war monuments, museum of modern art, and the Burgers' zoo.
Get some cultural insight at Airborne Cemetery and Arnhem War Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kroller-Muller Museum and Airborne Museum at Hartenstein. Get out of town with these interesting Arnhem side-trips: Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld (in Ruinen), Den Bosch (Noordbrabants Museum, St. John's Cathedral, &more) and Natuurgebied Holtingerveld (in Uffelte). Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden. There's much more to do: stroll through Regte Heide & Riels Laag, stroll around Park Sonsbeek, get engrossed in the history at Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, and examine the collection at Museum Bronbeek.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Arnhem online trip itinerary builder.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Arnhem is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In June in Arnhem, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Texel.

Things to do in Arnhem

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Texel, The Netherlands

— 3 nights
Let the collections at Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora and Fort Kijkduin (Museum and Aquarium) capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lighthouse Texel and Kaap Skil, Museum van Jutters & Zeelui. Take a break from Texel with a short trip to Marinemuseum in Den Helder, about 52 minutes away.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Texel holiday planning website.

Traveling by combination of train and ferry from Arnhem to Texel takes 4.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Arnhem in June: highs in Texel hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Texel

Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 16 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.
Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Haarlem (Proveniershof, Grote Markt, &more), Bloemendaal (Hertenkamp Bloemendaal & Thijsse's Hof Heemtuin) and Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen (in Woerdense Verlaat). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, walk around Vondelpark, and steep yourself in history at Madurodam.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam tour planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and train from Texel to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. June in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 8 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Groeningemuseum and Friet Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ieper (Ypres) (Menin Gate Memorial, In Flanders Fields Museum, &more), Ghent (Kraanlei, Gravensteen, &more) and Damvallei (in Destelbergen). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges attractions planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Liege.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Liege, Belgium

— 11 nights

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
You'll explore and learn at Fort Eben-Emael and La Boverie. Get a sense of the local culture at Parc de Furfooz and Ardennes American Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Liege side-trips: Bastogne (Reg Jans Battlefield Experience - Day Tours, Bastogne War Museum, &more), Bouillon (Chateau de Bouillon & Eglise des Saints Pierre et Paul) and Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at La Roche-aux-Faucons, steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Barthelemy (Church of St. Bartholomew), wander the streets of Domaine de Palogne, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St-Jacques.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Liege trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Liege takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Bruges in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Liege, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 9 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.
Grand Place and Atomium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Molsbroek (in Lokeren), Antwerp (Rubens House (Rubenshuis), Antwerpen-Centraal, &more) and Memorial Waterloo 1815 (in Braine-l'Alleud). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brussels tour website.

Drive from Liege to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.