18 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

18 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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18 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
2
Haarlem, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
3
The Hague, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
4
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
8
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Dublin, Ireland

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): wander the streets of Red Light District, then explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and then explore the activities along Herengracht.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam online tour planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Amsterdam is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Haarlem.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Nature
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
Haarlem, The Netherlands

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Bavo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), then see the interesting displays at The Corrie ten Boom House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Haarlem trip tool .

Haarlem is very close to Amsterdam. April in Haarlem sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a train to The Hague.

Things to do in Haarlem

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland
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Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) ©
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)
Cathedral of Saint Bavo ©
Cathedral of Saint Bavo

2
nights
The Hague, The Netherlands

The Hague ©
Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
On the 14th (Tue), get behind the scenes at Delft Pottery De Delftse Pauw, then view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Panorama Mesdag, and finally kick back and relax at Hoek van Holland beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Rijn (Rhine), admire the masterpieces at Kunstmuseum Den Haag, and then find something for the whole family at Madurodam.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the The Hague journey planner.

You can take a train from Haarlem to The Hague in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. April in The Hague sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rotterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hoek van Holland beach, Rijn (Rhine), PAAUW the delft blue factory
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Kunstmuseum Den Haag ©
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Panorama Mesdag ©
Panorama Mesdag
Madurodam ©
Madurodam

2
nights
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, then examine the collection at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), and finally get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Kinderdijk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grote Kerk, then examine the collection at Molenmuseum de Valk, then see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, and finally take in the waterfront at Old Harbour.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rotterdam trip maker app .

Rotterdam is just a stone's throw from The Hague. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Antwerp.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Delft, Molenmuseum de Valk, Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), World Heritage Kinderdijk, Grote Kerk
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World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk
Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) ©
Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum)
Nieuwe Kerk ©
Nieuwe Kerk

2
nights
Antwerp, Belgium

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.
On the 18th (Sat), experience rural life at Paardenmelkerij Het Brabanderhof (Horse Dairy Farm Het Barbanderhof), stop by Zurenborg, stop by GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds, then admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Paul's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, wander the streets of Meir, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt.

Before you visit Antwerp, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Rotterdam to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Bruges.

Things to do in Antwerp

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paardenmelkerij Het Brabanderhof (Horse Dairy Farm Het Barbanderhof)
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Zurenborg ©
Zurenborg
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Centre of Brugge and The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde. You'll explore and learn at Groeningemuseum and Atlantic Wall Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, look for gifts at The Bottle Shop, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Antwerp to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Atlantic Wall Museum
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Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

2
nights
Ghent, Belgium

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, look for all kinds of wild species at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, then ponder the world of politics at Ghent Town Hall (Stadhuis), and finally see the interesting displays at The House of Alijn.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ghent trip planning app .

Ghent is very close to Bruges. April in Ghent sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Molsbroek
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Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve ©
Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve
Museum Voor Schone Kunsten ©
Museum Voor Schone Kunsten
The House of Alijn ©
The House of Alijn

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Domaine Viticole du Chenoy and ZOO Planckendael. Visiting Sonian Forest and Etangs d'Ixelles will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, ponder the design of Mont des Arts, and visit Place St. Gery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels online route builder .

Traveling by train from Ghent to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. April in Brussels sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

ZOO Planckendael, Domaine Viticole du Chenoy
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Mont des Arts ©
Mont des Arts

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