6 days in Haarlem, Amsterdam & Bruges Itinerary

6 days in Haarlem, Amsterdam & Bruges Itinerary

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6 days in Haarlem, Amsterdam & Bruges Itinerary

Start: Beirut, Lebanon
Fly:  8 h
1
Haarlem, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Beirut, Lebanon

1
night
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 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Gemund, admire the masterpieces at Frans Hals Museum, stop by Melgers Wijn en Dranken, then make a trip to Beeld Laurens Janszoon Coster, and finally shop like a local with De Vishal.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Haarlem trip builder .

Beirut, Lebanon to Haarlem is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Beirut, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Haarlem, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Haarlem

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Frans Hals Museum ©
Frans Hals Museum
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) ©
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)

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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 29th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, take in the exciting artwork at Renssen Art Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and finally visit The Jordaan.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner .

Amsterdam is just a short distance from Haarlem. In December, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
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Rijksmuseum

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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Markt, have a few drinks at 2be Beer Wall, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip planner .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges
The Markt ©
The Markt

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nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then take a stroll through The Jordaan, and finally view the masterpieces at Bureau Amsterdam.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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