7 days in Belgium Itinerary

7 days in Belgium Itinerary

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7 days in Belgium Itinerary

Start: Brussels
1
Brussels
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Antwerp
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Ghent
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Bruges
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Ieper (Ypres)
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  3​h
End: London

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night
Brussels

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Craft Market (Place Agora), Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, Manneken Pis, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stop by Craft Market (Place Agora), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, make a trip to Mont des Arts, make a trip to Rue des Bouchers, then appreciate the history behind Jeanneke Pis, and finally appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary maker site .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Brussels Airport, Antwerp International Airport (Deurne), Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Liège Airport. In February, daytime highs in Brussels are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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night
Antwerp

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.
You've added Grote Markt, Museum Vleeshuis, Steen Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, and then see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Groenplaats, see the interesting displays at Steen Castle, examine the collection at Museum Vleeshuis, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Antwerp trip planner .

Getting from Brussels to Antwerp by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In February in Antwerp, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Historic Sites
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MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
Antwerpen-Centraal ©
Antwerpen-Centraal
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady

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night
Ghent

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St Michael's Bridge, Graslei and Korenlei and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. On the 8th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, then steep yourself in history at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Graslei and Korenlei, and finally snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ghent trip planner .

You can take a train from Antwerp to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

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night
Bruges

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You've added Church of Our Lady Bruges, Burg Square, Minnewater Lake, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 8th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake and then make a trip to The Markt.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bruges trip itinerary planner.

Bruges is very close to Ghent. In February, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ieper (Ypres).

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites
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Beguinage (Begijnhof) ©
Beguinage (Begijnhof)
The Markt ©
The Markt
Church of Our Lady Bruges ©
Church of Our Lady Bruges

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nights
Ieper (Ypres)

Ieper (Ypres) ©
Boasting remnants from the Middle Ages, the ancient city of Ieper in West Flanders offers attractions that are as historically significant as Ghent and Bruges, but with fewer crowds.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Market Square and then pause for some photo ops at Menin Gate Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, don't miss a visit to Grand-Place de Mons, then stop by Chocolaterie Peter de Groote, then learn about all things military at In Flanders Fields Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Tyne Cot Cemetery.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Ieper (Ypres) trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Ieper (Ypres) takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ieper (Ypres)

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zonnebeke, PlopsaLand De Panne, Grand-Place de Mons
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Menin Gate Memorial ©
Menin Gate Memorial
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 ©
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

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