9 days in Brussels, Ghent & Bruges Itinerary

9 days in Brussels, Ghent & Bruges Itinerary

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9 days in Brussels, Ghent & Bruges Itinerary

Start: Brussels
1
Brussels
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Ghent
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Bruges
— 3 nights
4
Bruges
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
End: Brussels

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Atomium, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brussels trip itinerary builder website .

If you are flying in from Georgia, the closest major airports are Brussels Airport, Antwerp International Airport (Deurne), Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Liège Airport. August in Brussels sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Manneken Pis ©
Manneken Pis

2
nights
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 31st (Sat): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, then take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei, and finally step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, look for gifts at Dille and Kamille, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ghent trip website .

Getting from Brussels to Ghent by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Ghent are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Ghent City Center
Ghent City Center

3
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, take an in-depth tour of Folklore Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally don't miss a visit to Oude Griffie.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip itinerary planning tool .

Bruges is just a short distance from Ghent. In September, daytime highs in Bruges are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

2
nights
Bruges

Bruges ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument and then appreciate the history behind Menin Gate Memorial. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, get to know the fascinating history of Beguinage (Begijnhof), then examine the collection at Friet Museum, then examine the collection at Historium Brugge, and finally make a trip to Burg Square.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bruges trip builder app .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Ieper (Ypres)
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Menin Gate Memorial ©
Menin Gate Memorial
Church of Our Lady Bruges ©
Church of Our Lady Bruges
Burg Square ©
Burg Square

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