7 days in Ghent, Bruges & Brussels Itinerary

7 days in Ghent, Bruges & Brussels Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium trip planner

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Ghent
— 1 day
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Bruges
— 6 nights
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Brussels
— 1 day
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Ghent

— 1 day
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei, get engrossed in the history at Gravensteen, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ghent trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Ghent is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in August, expect nights in Ghent to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums

Bruges

— 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.
Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ieper (Ypres) (In Flanders Fields Museum & Menin Gate Memorial) and Zonnebeke (Tyne Cot Cemetery & Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, admire the striking features of Stadhuis, examine the collection at Friet Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ghent to Bruges takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bruges are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Brussels

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then examine the collection at Atomium, and finally contemplate the long history of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums