12 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

12 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive
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Delft, The Netherlands
— 1 day
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Antwerp, Belgium
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 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.
On the 8th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Cruquius Pump Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, then take an in-depth tour of Molen Van Sloten, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at De Krijtberg - Sint Franciscus Xaveriuskerk. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Kamperbinnenpoort, then contemplate the long history of Muurhuizen, then explore the historical opulence of Muiderslot, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Oude Church.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam visit planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Amsterdam is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in August, expect Amsterdam to be a bit warmer, temps between 72°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Delft.
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Delft, The Netherlands — 1 day

Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Medisch Museum "De Griffioen", take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rooms-katholieke Sint Hippolytuskapel, then make a trip to Bagijnhofpoort, and finally don't miss a visit to Hot Spot Doelenplein Delft.

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You can drive from Amsterdam to Delft in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Delft can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Antwerp.
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Antwerp, Belgium

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Antwerp day trip planner.

Take a train from Delft to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Antwerp are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. You'll set off for Bruges on the 10th (Wed).
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Brugse Vrije, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Walburgakerk, admire the landmark architecture of Brugge Sint Jacobskerk, then take an in-depth tour of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), and finally stroll around Koningin Astridpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Landhuis Saint Walburga Church, ponder the world of politics at Stadsbestuur van Veurne (Veurne) - Dienst Cultuur en Vrije Tijd, then take an in-depth tour of Vrij Vaderland, then see the interesting displays at Navigo-Nationaal Visserijmuseum, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bruges trip planner.

You can drive from Antwerp to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bruges are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ghent.
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Ghent, Belgium — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Baafsabdij, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Martin's Church, examine the collection at Kortrijk 1302, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beguinage of Kortrijk, and finally steep yourself in history at Baggaertshof. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Blaarmeersen, Sports and Recreation Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmelite Church Fathers, pause for some serene contemplation at Sint-Jacobskerk, stroll the grounds of Campo Santo Cemetery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basiliek Onze Lieve Vrouw Onbevlekte Ontvangenis, and finally explore the historical opulence of Laarne Castle.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ghent road trip planning website.

You can drive from Bruges to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Ghent are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 5 nights

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.
Visit Abbaye de Villers and Gaasbeek Castle for their historical value. Chateau de Seneffe and Musee royal de Mariemont are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Grotten Van Kanne (in Kanne), Alden Biesen (in Bilzen) and Tongeren (Teseum & Basilica Tongeren). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest, pause for some serene contemplation at St-Martin's Basilica, get engrossed in the history at House of European History, and get to know the fascinating history of Beeldverhaalroute / Parcours BD.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip planner.

You can drive from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Brussels are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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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.
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.
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