5 days in Bruges, Brussels & The Netherlands Itinerary

5 days in Bruges, Brussels & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Bruges, Belgium

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, and then don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip itinerary planning website.

Stuttgart, Germany to Bruges is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Stuttgart in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bruges: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Breweries & Distilleries
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Brussels, Belgium

— 1 night

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 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Grand Place, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, then stroll around Bois de la Cambre, and finally take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brussels sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zuiderzeemuseum and Zaanse Schans. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, visit The Jordaan, stroll around Vondelpark, and see the interesting displays at Micropia.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Belgium travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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.

The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.