8 days in Brussels, Bruges & Leuven Itinerary

8 days in Brussels, Bruges & Leuven Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dammam
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Brussels
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Bruges
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Leuven
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Dammam

2
nights
Brussels

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Place and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Atomium and Belgian Comic Strip Center will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Brussels trip maker tool.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Brussels is an approximately 17- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dammam to Brussels. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dammam in April, with highs in Brussels at 15°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, contemplate the long history of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bruges vacation planning website.

Take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Leuven.

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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

1
night
Leuven

Leuven ©
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
On the 2nd (Thu), make a trip to Great Market Square (Grote Markt), explore the historical opulence of Arenberg Castle, don't miss a visit to Old Market Square, then stop by Antoine by Patrick Aubrion, then steep yourself in history at Town Hall (Stadhuis), and finally admire the striking features of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Leuven trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Bruges to Leuven in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leuven

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Groot Begijnhof ©
Groot Begijnhof
Town Hall (Stadhuis) ©
Town Hall (Stadhuis)
Arenberg Castle ©
Arenberg Castle

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