6 days in Belgium, Holland & Nord Itinerary

6 days in Belgium, Holland & Nord Itinerary

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6 days in Belgium, Holland & Nord Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Lille, France
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
End: Paris, France

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Atomium, then admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and then contemplate the long history of Grand Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brussels road trip tool .

Paris, France to Brussels is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, you will find days in Brussels are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
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 8th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then stroll around Vondelpark, and then get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then make a trip to Anne Frank House, then hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam visit planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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night
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.
On the 10th (Fri), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then stop by Carpentier-Goegebeuer, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip builder tool .

Drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In April in Bruges, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lille.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
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Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Lille, France

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at VC Corner Australian Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Grande Place, then see the interesting displays at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, then explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Drive from Bruges to Lille in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lille are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

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