8 days in Germany & Belgium Itinerary

8 days in Germany & Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner

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Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
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Dresden, Germany
— 1 night
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany

— 1 night

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, make a trip to Gendarmenmarkt, and then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Potsdamer Platz, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, then get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Berlin road trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Berlin is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Berlin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Dresden, Germany

— 1 night

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 22nd (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, and then admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dresden trip planner.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Dresden are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites

Rothenburg, Germany

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 23rd (Wed), stop by Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), contemplate the long history of Altstadt, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, then take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rothenburg trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Rothenburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

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.
On the 24th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Bruges trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Bruges takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Rothenburg in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bruges: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): make a trip to Grand Place, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pairi Daiza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): explore the galleries of Atomium and then don't miss a visit to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
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.