8 days in Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

8 days in Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

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8 days in Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Strand Bloemendaal Aan Zee and ARTIS. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Jordaan and Leidseplein. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Anne Frank House, take a stroll through De Negen Straatjes, look for gifts at COPA Football Flagship Store, and get a taste of the local shopping with TASCHEN Store Amsterdam.

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New York City, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in Amsterdam at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Strand Bloemendaal Aan Zee
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Pairi Daiza and Atomium. Get a sense of the local culture at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and MIM - Musical Instruments Museum. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brussels online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. July in Brussels sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Pairi Daiza
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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