18 days in Germany, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

18 days in Germany, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Brussels
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train
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Delft, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dresden, Germany
— 1 night
Fly
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
Fly
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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (Belfry of Bruges, Groeningemuseum, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Atomium, contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and admire the masterpieces at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Brussels sightseeing planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Brussels is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Los Angeles to Brussels, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Brussels hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Antwerp, Belgium

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): wander the streets of Post Plaza, then admire the landmark architecture of Ghent Town Hall (Stadhuis), and then stop by Pierre Marcolini. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center.

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Traveling by car from Brussels to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Delft.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Delft, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
On the 25th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Sculpture Garden Clingenbosch, admire all the interesting features of Museum Lambert van Meerten, then pause for some serene contemplation at Old Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, and finally make a trip to De Candelaer.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Delft online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Antwerp to Delft takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Delft

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Haarlem (Grote Markt & Frans Hals Museum). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Delft to Amsterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trip

Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 29th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, then steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Berlin trip maker app.

Getting from Amsterdam to Berlin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Dresden, Germany

— 1 night

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): make a trip to The Dresden Zwinger, then explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and then explore the world behind art at Albertinum.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dresden online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Dresden sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Munich.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites

Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
On the 2nd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, then enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, and finally examine the collection at Munich Residenz. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, explore the world behind art at Bavarian National Museum, and then explore the activities along English Garden.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Munich road trip website.

Fly from Dresden to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Nuremberg, Germany

— 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 4th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Hangman's Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, and finally snap pictures at Karlsbruecke.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nuremberg tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Cologne.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites

Cologne, Germany

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, and finally take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum).

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Cologne road trip app.

Fly from Nuremberg to Cologne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · 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.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
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.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.