55 days in West Flanders Province, Canton of Zurich & Canton of Lucerne Itinerary

55 days in West Flanders Province, Canton of Zurich & Canton of Lucerne Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ostend, Belgium
— 3 nights
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 14 nights
3
Knokke-Heist, Belgium
— 1 night
4
Beernem, Belgium
— 1 night
5
Zonnebeke, Belgium
— 1 night
6
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
— 6 nights
7
Flaach, Switzerland
— 1 night
8
Neerach, Switzerland
— 1 night
9
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 8 nights
10
Waedenswil, Switzerland
— 1 night
11
Moenchaltdorf, Switzerland
— 1 night
12
Zurich, Switzerland
— 15 nights

3
nights
Ostend, Belgium

Ostend ©
Known as the City by the Sea, Ostend represents not only a seaside resort, but also a destination for history lovers.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Atlantikwall Raversyde and Lange Max Museum. Let the collections at Museum Paul Delvaux and Museumschip Amandine capture your imagination. Explore Ostend's surroundings by going to Cabour Dunes (in Adinkerke), Kasteel Beauvoorde (in Beauvoorde) and Veurne (Landhuis Saint Walburga Church, Vrij Vaderland, &more). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at MuseOs, see the interesting displays at Fransmansmuseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Duinenkerk, and identify plant and animal life at Maria Hendrikapark.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ostend trip maker.

Valkenburg, The Netherlands to Ostend is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In September, daytime highs in Ostend are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Ostend

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Veurne, Koksijde, Koekelare, Cabour Dunes, Kasteel Beauvoorde
Highlights from your plan
Atlantikwall Raversyde ©
Atlantikwall Raversyde
Lange Max Museum ©
Lange Max Museum
MuseOs ©
MuseOs

14
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Centre of Brugge and Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie. Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum and Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Kortrijk (Tourist Run Kortrijk & Texture Museum of Flax and River Lys). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, examine the collection at Friet Museum, and steep yourself in history at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Bruges vacation tool.

Bruges is very close to Ostend. September in Bruges sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Knokke-Heist.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Blankenberge, Kortrijk, Kasteel van Loppem, Moerkerke Herdenkingsmonument ’t Molentje
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum ©
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum

1
night
Knokke-Heist, Belgium

Knokke-Heist ©
Knokke-Heist is a municipality in the Belgian province of West Flanders. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of For Freedom Museum, see the interesting displays at Sincfala: Museum van de Zwinstreek, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Het Zwin Natuur Park.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Knokke-Heist trip itinerary maker site.

Knokke-Heist is very close to Bruges. In September in Knokke-Heist, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Beernem.

Things to do in Knokke-Heist

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Het Zwin Natuur Park ©
Het Zwin Natuur Park
For Freedom Museum ©
For Freedom Museum
Sincfala: Museum van de Zwinstreek ©
Sincfala: Museum van de Zwinstreek

1
night
Beernem, Belgium

Beernem ©
Beernem is a rural municipality in the Belgian province of West Flanders, located southeast of Bruges. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): examine the collection at Stoomcentrum Maldegem, brush up on your military savvy at Canada Poland War Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Provincial Domain Bulskampveld.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Beernem tour builder.

Drive from Knokke-Heist to Beernem in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Zonnebeke.

Things to do in Beernem

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Maldegem
Highlights from your plan
Canada Poland War Museum ©
Canada Poland War Museum
Stoomcentrum Maldegem ©
Stoomcentrum Maldegem
Provincial Domain Bulskampveld
Provincial Domain Bulskampveld

1
night
Zonnebeke, Belgium

Zonnebeke ©
Composed of five small villages, Zonnebeke has seen more than its fair share of dramatic events over the centuries.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Langemark Cemetery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tyne Cot Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Battle of Polygon Wood, and finally take an in-depth tour of Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zonnebeke sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Beernem to Zonnebeke in an hour. In September in Zonnebeke, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Ieper (Ypres).

Things to do in Zonnebeke

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Langemark Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 ©
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
Langemark Cemetery ©
Langemark Cemetery

6
nights
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

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.
Popular historic sites such as The Bluff Crater and Confrontours - Battlefield Tours are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at In Flanders Fields Museum and Hooge Crater Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ieper (Ypres): Openluchtmuseum Bachten De Kupe (in Alveringem) and Blankaart Nature Reserve (in Diksmuide). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Menin Gate Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bard Cottage Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Talbot House - Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ieper (Ypres) trip app.

Ieper (Ypres) is just a short distance from Zonnebeke. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Flaach.

Things to do in Ieper (Ypres)

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Diksmuide, Poperinge, Belgian military cemetery Vleteren, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel, Battlefield Exploration
Highlights from your plan
The Bluff Crater ©
The Bluff Crater
In Flanders Fields Museum ©
In Flanders Fields Museum
Hooge Crater Museum ©
Hooge Crater Museum

1
night
Flaach, Switzerland

Flaach ©
Flaach is a municipality in the district of Andelfingen in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.HistoryFlaach is first mentioned in 1044 as Flacha, though the only surviving copy of the document dates from 1347.GeographyFlaach has an area of 10.2km2. On the 28th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Greifvogelstation, hike along Biberweg, and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Laufen.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Flaach trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ieper (Ypres) to Flaach. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Neerach.

Things to do in Flaach

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Schloss Laufen, Biberweg, Greifvogelstation
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Laufen ©
Schloss Laufen

1
night
Neerach, Switzerland

Neerach ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get your game on at BodyFlying, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dietikon Catholic Church, then don't miss a visit to Aussichtstrum Altberg, then admire the landmark architecture of Turm in Regensberg, and finally identify plant and animal life at Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Neerach online trip maker.

Neerach is just a short distance from Flaach. In September, daytime highs in Neerach are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Neerach

Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trips

Turm in Regensberg, Aussichtstrum Altberg, Dietikon Catholic Church, BodyFlying
Highlights from your plan
Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried ©
Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried
Dietikon Catholic Church ©
Dietikon Catholic Church
Aussichtstrum Altberg ©
Aussichtstrum Altberg

8
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and Jesuitenkirche. Popular historic sites such as Uferpromenade Weggis and Markuskirche are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and look for all kinds of wild species at Biosphaere Entlebuch.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lucerne trip planner.

Getting from Neerach to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Waedenswil.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Uferpromenade Weggis
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz

1
night
Waedenswil, Switzerland

Waedenswil ©
Wädenswil, locally often called Wädi or Wädischwil, is a municipality in the district of Horgen in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get outside with Restaurant Horn, then stroll around Park Seleger Moor, then head outdoors with Au Peninsula, and finally identify plant and animal life at hike.ch.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Waedenswil day trip website.

You can drive from Lucerne to Waedenswil in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Moenchaltdorf.

Things to do in Waedenswil

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Restaurant Horn, Park Seleger Moor, Au Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Au Peninsula ©
Au Peninsula
Park Seleger Moor ©
Park Seleger Moor

1
night
Moenchaltdorf, Switzerland

Moenchaltdorf ©
On the 9th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Sauriermuseum, then explore the activities along Pfaffikersee, then get lost in a book at Stadt- und Regionalbibliothek Uster, and finally identify plant and animal life at Naturstation Silberweide.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Moenchaltdorf trip maker site.

You can drive from Waedenswil to Moenchaltdorf in an hour. In October in Moenchaltdorf, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Moenchaltdorf

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Sauriermuseum, Stadt- und Regionalbibliothek Uster, Pfaffikersee
Highlights from your plan
Naturstation Silberweide ©
Naturstation Silberweide
Sauriermuseum ©
Sauriermuseum
Pfaffikersee ©
Pfaffikersee

15
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Friedhof Fluntern. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, examine the collection at Zurcher Spielzeugmuseum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zurich attractions planner.

Zurich is very close to Moenchaltdorf. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg