9 days in Western Europe Itinerary

9 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Trier, Germany
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Red Light District, get your game on at Museumphoto, and then explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht).

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Amsterdam is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in June: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 68°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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 28th (Sun), examine the collection at Friet Museum, don't miss a visit to The Markt, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally admire the striking features of Stadhuis.

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Getting from Amsterdam to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then sample the tasty concoctions at Cantillon Brewery, and finally examine the collection at Atomium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe and then wander the streets of Place St. Gery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels vacation site.

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Brussels

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Cologne, Germany

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 2nd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Hohenzollern Bridge, then wander the streets of Historic Old Town, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cologne travel route planning site.

Getting from Brussels to Cologne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Cologne sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Cologne

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Trier, Germany

— 1 night

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Saarburg Waterfall, examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), then admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), and finally do a tasting at Weinstube Kesselstatt.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Trier trip builder site.

You can drive from Cologne to Trier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Trier can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Trier

Nature · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.

Rhineland-Palatinate travel guide

4.4
Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Germany's renowned wine region, Rhineland-Palatinate is home to six of the country's 13 wine-producing districts. It leads the world in the production and export of fine sparkling wines. The region is also known for its modern museums, romantic castles, open-air markets, and traditional festivals, which make up a great number of its attractions. Be sure your itinerary includes a visit to some of the vibrant towns, as diverse and welcoming as the people who live in them. Rhineland-Palatinate is popular with walkers and cyclists. It offers more scenic long-distance paths, short walks, and award-winning trails than any casual tourist could ever hope to explore in a single visit. You can reach the major attractions easily by car or train. But to enjoy the region's pristine natural scenery, picturesque vineyards, and friendly villages, rent a bicycle. This way, you can traverse the countryside at a pace slow enough to soak up the local culture.