8 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

8 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

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8 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
End: Amsterdam, Holland

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night
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.
On the 5th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Atomium, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and finally admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip app .

Amsterdam, Holland to Brussels is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Ghent.

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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
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 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, browse the fresh offerings at BE O Markt, snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ghent vacation planning site .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Bruges.

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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Oude Griffie and then don't miss a visit to The Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Walplein.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bruges trip itinerary planning website .

Bruges is just a short distance from Ghent. September in Bruges sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Antwerp.

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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stop by Pierre Marcolini and then get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall (Stadhuis).

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Antwerp journey maker site .

Getting from Bruges to Antwerp by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September in Antwerp, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

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MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
Pierre Marcolini ©
Pierre Marcolini
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, walk around Vondelpark, and then get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Antwerp to Amsterdam by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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