8 days in Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp Itinerary

8 days in Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp Itinerary

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8 days in Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  27​h
1
Bruges
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Ghent
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Antwerp
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Bruges

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You've now added The Old Chocolate House to your itinerary. There's much more to do: make a trip to The Markt, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges journey planner .

Sydney, Australia to Bruges is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Bruges due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in April: high temperatures in Bruges hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

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The Old Chocolate House ©
The Old Chocolate House
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

1
night
Ghent

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, then steep yourself in history at Graslei and Korenlei, and finally don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center.

For where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Ghent vacation planner .

Ghent is just a stone's throw from Bruges. In April in Ghent, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Antwerp.

Things to do in Ghent

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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Ghent City Center
Ghent City Center
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral

2
nights
Antwerp

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 18th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, stop by Pierre Marcolini, admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, then see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Red Star Line Museum and then examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Antwerp online trip planner .

You can take a train from Ghent to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Antwerp are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antwerp

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Antwerpen-Centraal ©
Antwerpen-Centraal
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)

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