13 days in Cologne, Amsterdam & Bruges Itinerary

13 days in Cologne, Amsterdam & Bruges Itinerary

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Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
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Cologne, Germany — 4 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Explore Cologne's surroundings by going to Trier (Kaiserthermen, Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), &more) and Rotweinwanderweg (in Rech). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, look for gifts at Kolonaki Lifestyle Store, appreciate the history behind Joseph Frings Monument, and explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne route maker site.

New York City, USA to Cologne is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Cologne at 59°F and lows at 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, examine the collection at Anne Frank House, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam visit website.

Getting from Cologne to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), &more) and Antwerp (Grote Markt, Cathedral of Our Lady, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, don't miss a visit to The Markt, get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and take in the waterfront at Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bruges attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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