30 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

30 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 10 nights
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Hoogstraten, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
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Mons, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium — 10 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Grote Markt (in Mechelen), Antwerp (De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, Antwerpen-Centraal, &more) and Memorial Waterloo 1815 (in Braine-l'Alleud). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, examine the collection at Atomium, and browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels itinerary maker site.

Newark, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Brussels. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Newark in August: high temperatures in Brussels hover around 71°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Hoogstraten.
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Hoogstraten, Belgium — 2 nights

On the 13th (Sat), stroll around Grenspark de Zoom-Kalmthoutse Heide, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint Katharinakerk, then steep yourself in history at Begijnhof Hoogstraten, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beguinage. Here are some ideas for day two: cool off at Zilvermeer, let the kids burn off some steam at Bobbejaanland, and then walk around De Lilse Bergen.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoogstraten sightseeing planner.

Getting from Brussels to Hoogstraten by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August in Hoogstraten, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 7 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.
Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Grote Markt), Old Church (in Delft) and The Hague (Madurodam, Peace Palace, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, and examine the collection at museum Beelden aan Zee.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hoogstraten to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mons.
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Mons, Belgium — 4 nights

Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Get out of town with these interesting Mons side-trips: Abbaye de Villers (in Villers-la-ville), Charleroi (Musee de l'Industrie, Le Bois du Cazier, &more) and Tournai (Grand Place, Parc communal, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Francois Duesberg Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Sainte-Waudru, admire the striking features of Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude, and make a trip to The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mons trip builder website.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Mons in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. August in Mons sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 5 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.
Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei, Gravensteen, &more) and Ieper (Ypres) (Menin Gate Memorial & In Flanders Fields Museum). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

Find out how to plan Bruges trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Mons to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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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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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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