8 days in Belgium Itinerary

8 days in Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium vacation planner

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Antwerp
— 1 day
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Ghent
— 1 night
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Bruges
— 1 night
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Ostend
— 1 night
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De Panne
— 1 night
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Brussels
— 3 nights
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Antwerp

— 1 day
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museum Plantin-Moretus, then stop by Orogem Jewelry, then admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, and finally wander the streets of Zurenborg.

To find out how to plan a trip to Antwerp, use our trip itinerary maker.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Antwerp is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ghent.

Things to do in Antwerp

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Ghent

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Gravensteen, then contemplate the long history of Graslei and Korenlei, and then don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center.

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You can drive from Antwerp to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums

Bruges

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Markt, pause for some photo ops at Oude Griffie, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bruges itinerary site.

Getting from Ghent to Bruges by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ostend.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Ostend

— 1 night

City by the Sea

Known as the City by the Sea, Ostend represents not only a seaside resort, but also a destination for history lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to HMS Vindictive, enjoy the sand and surf at The Dunes of Bredene, then stroll around Grasduinen, and finally take an in-depth tour of Raversyde.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ostend trip maker app.

Ostend is very close to Bruges. In August, daily temperatures in Ostend can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to De Panne.

Things to do in Ostend

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

De Panne

— 1 night
Once a quiet fishing village, De Panne has become a buzzing beach resort with natural sand dunes that provide good views and an even better story. You'll find beachfront beer stalls and seaside activities along the coast of the North Sea.
On the 11th (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get outside with De Panne Beach, then get in on the family fun at PlopsaLand De Panne, and finally visit Dumont Quarter.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the De Panne vacation maker tool.

Getting from Ostend to De Panne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or ride a tram. In August, daytime highs in De Panne are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in De Panne

Spas · Beaches · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Brussels

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Grand Place and Mini-Europe will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Atomium, see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and make a trip to Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from De Panne to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of tram and train. August in Brussels sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.