8 days in Benelux Itinerary

8 days in Benelux Itinerary

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8 days in Benelux Itinerary

Start: Budapest, Hungary
Fly:  5​h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Mons, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Budapest, Hungary

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 27th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles) and then don't miss a visit to Grand Place. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, examine the collection at Atomium, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brussels route tool .

Budapest, Hungary to Brussels is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Mons.

Things to do in Brussels

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe

2
nights
Mons, Belgium

Mons ©
Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at St Symphorien Military Cemetery, make a trip to Grand-Place de Mons, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pairi Daiza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): explore the world behind art at BAM Beaux-Arts Mons, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Collegiale Sainte-Waudru, then engage your brain at Museum regional des Sciences naturelles, and finally explore the activities along Port de Plaisance de Mons - Grand Large.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Mons tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Mons takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Mons

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Pairi Daiza
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Pairi Daiza ©
Pairi Daiza
St Symphorien Military Cemetery ©
St Symphorien Military Cemetery
Collegiale Sainte-Waudru ©
Collegiale Sainte-Waudru

2
nights
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 31st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at De Fonteintjes, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beguinage (Begijnhof), take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then look for gifts at Carpentier-Goegebeuer, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges road trip planning site .

You can drive from Mons to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve
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Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 2nd (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zandvoort aan Zee, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam travel route planner.

Drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Grote Markt, Zandvoort aan Zee
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Heineken Experience ©
Heineken Experience
Zandvoort aan Zee ©
Zandvoort aan Zee

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