8 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

8 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
2
Haarlem, The Netherlands
— Few hours
Bus:  30 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
4
The Hague, The Netherlands
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
5
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Bruges, Belgium
— Few hours
Train:  30 min
7
Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
8
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Madrid, Spain

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip maker site.

Madrid, Spain to Amsterdam is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 10°C at night. You'll set off for Haarlem on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Amsterdam

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

few
hours
Haarlem, The Netherlands

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Stadhuis Haarlem, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, then view the masterpieces at De Vishal, and finally explore the world behind art at Cruquius Pump Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Haarlem trip itinerary builder website.

Haarlem is just a short distance from Amsterdam. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Haarlem

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Cruquius Pump Museum
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Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) ©
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)
Cruquius Pump Museum ©
Cruquius Pump Museum

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam holiday planning website.

Amsterdam is very close to Haarlem. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the train to The Hague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zaandam
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

few
hours
The Hague, The Netherlands

The Hague ©
Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
On the 29th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and then get in on the family fun at Madurodam.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our The Hague trip website.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to The Hague takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in The Hague, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Antwerp.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Madurodam ©
Madurodam

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Pieter Appelmans Monument, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, and then make a trip to Grote Markt.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Antwerp driving holiday tool.

You can take a train from The Hague to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from The Hague in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Antwerp, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Bruges.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Pieter Appelmans Monument ©
Pieter Appelmans Monument

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, steep yourself in history at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and then hike along Bruges Art Route.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bruges trip planner.

Take a bus from Antwerp to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Bruges are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bruges Art Route ©
Bruges Art Route
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

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nights
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.
On the 30th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ghent trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Ghent is very close to Bruges. May in Ghent sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Molsbroek
Highlights from your plan
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Ghent City Center
Ghent City Center
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral

1
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 1st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then examine the collection at Atomium, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally admire the striking features of Guild Houses.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brussels trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Ghent to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Brussels are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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