20 days in Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium travel route planner
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Brussels
— 4 nights
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Antwerp
— 3 nights
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Bruges
— 3 nights
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Ghent
— 6 nights
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Brussels
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Brussels — 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Grand Place and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Atomium and Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Brussels to go to Namur and see Citadelle (Citadel), which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels road trip app.

Omaha, USA to Brussels is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Omaha in December: high temperatures in Brussels hover around 7°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Antwerp.
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Antwerp — 3 nights

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Head to GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds and Pierre Marcolinifor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and MAS - Museum aan de Stroom. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cogels Osylei, don't miss a visit to Grote Markt, visit Meir, and admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Antwerp road trip planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges — 3 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.
Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Old Chocolate House and Chocolatier Dumon. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Flanders Battlefield Tours (in Ieper (Ypres)), Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 (in Zonnebeke) and De Panne Beach (in De Panne). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica of the Holy Blood, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, stop by The Chocolate Line Bruges, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges journey website.

Traveling by train from Antwerp to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. December in Bruges sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ghent.
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Ghent — 6 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at St Michael's Bridge and Gravensteen. Visit Graslei and Korenlei and Het Groot Vleeshuis for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ghent: Molsbroek (in Lokeren), Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste (in Bellegem) and Puyenbroeck (in Wachtebeke). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Patershol, get a new perspective on things with Minerva Boat Rental, stop by Dille and Kamille, and stop by Post Plaza.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ghent trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Bruges to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels

Capital of Europe

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read Brussels trip maker tool.

Drive from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel back home.
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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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