57 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

57 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

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Start: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fly + Train:  4 h 15 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Trier, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Schwangau, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Nuremberg, Germany
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
9
Wurzburg, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
10
Dresden, Germany
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
11
Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
12
Hamburg, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Copenhagen, Denmark

5
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Madurodam. Venture out of the city with trips to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Haarlem (Grote Markt, Frans Hals Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, explore the activities along Het Twiske, stroll around Vondelpark, and get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online tour itinerary planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Amsterdam is an approximately 4.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. September in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Hague
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges. Get a sense of the local culture at Gravensteen and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Ghent (Campo Santo Cemetery, Western Cemetery, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, look for all kinds of wild species at De Fonteintjes, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bruges sightseeing app.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ghent, Provincial Domain Bulskampveld
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen

6
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Atomium and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique will appeal to museum buffs. Grand Place and Royal Palace of Brussels are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Antwerp (MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, Cathedral of Our Lady, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles).

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brussels holiday maker.

Traveling by train from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Antwerp
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique ©
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildpark, explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cologne trip planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Trier.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

5
nights
Trier, Germany

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Get some cultural insight at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum). Porta Nigra and St. Paulin-Kirche will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trier: Mammutbaume (in Landstuhl), Tiergarten Worms (in Worms) and Karlstalschlucht (in Trippstadt). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mathias Church, step into the grandiose world of Eltz Castle, and contemplate the long history of Bischofliche Weinguter Trier.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Trier online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cologne to Trier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Trier can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Schwangau.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mosel Valley, Begehbare Stadtmauer, Mammutbaume, Tiergarten Worms, Eltz Castle
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum) ©
Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum)
St. Martin ©
St. Martin

3
nights
Schwangau, Germany

Schwangau ©
An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Get some historical perspective at Schloss Neuschwanstein and Burgruine Eisenberg. Get a sense of the local culture at Schloss Linderhof and Burgruine Hohenfreyberg. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Schwangau: Partnachklamm (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen), Naherholungsgebiet Tannenbuehl (in Bad Waldsee) and Reptilienhaus Oberammergau (in Oberammergau). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Schloss Hohenschwangau, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Georg, look for all kinds of wild species at Starzlachklamm, and enjoy the sand and surf at Alpseebad.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Schwangau trip planner.

Getting from Trier to Schwangau by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In September in Schwangau, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Schwangau

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burgberg im Allgaeu, Eisenberg, Hohenschwangau, Partnachklamm, Naherholungsgebiet Tannenbuehl
Highlights from your plan
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof

5
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nymphenburg Palace and Frauenkirche. Museum-lovers will appreciate Munich Residenz and Alte Pinakothek. Step out of Munich to go to Dachau and see Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, take an in-depth tour of Bavarian National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and explore the activities along English Garden.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Munich online travel planner.

Getting from Schwangau to Munich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Highlights from your plan
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek

5
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Appreciate the collections at Germanisches Nationalmuseum and Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände. Kaiserburg Nurnberg and St. Lorenz Church will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nuremberg: Wildpark Hollohe (in Teublitz), Schwarzachschlucht (in Schwarzenbruck) and Oberpfalzer Freilichtmuseum (in Nabburg). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Toy Museum, contemplate the long history of Nuremberg Palace of Justice, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebaldus Church, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg.

Plan trip to Nuremberg with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Wildpark Hollohe, Schwarzachschlucht, Oberpfalzer Freilichtmuseum
Highlights from your plan
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
St. Lorenz Church ©
St. Lorenz Church

5
nights
Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg ©
Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Appreciate the collections at Fortress Marienberg and Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg. Get a sense of the local culture at Würzburg Residence and Altstadt. Explore Wurzburg's surroundings by going to Rothenburg (Spital Bastion, Die Rossmuhle, &more) and Papiermuhle Homburg (in Triefenstein). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Neumuenster, steep yourself in history at Schloss Veitshöchheim, don't miss a visit to St. Kilian Cathedral, and examine the collection at Kulturspeicher Wurzburg.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wurzburg driving holiday tool.

Traveling by train from Nuremberg to Wurzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Papiermuhle Homburg
Highlights from your plan
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg
Altstadt ©
Altstadt

5
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Dresden Zwinger and Goethe National Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Frauenkirche Dresden and Kunsthofpassage. Get out of town with these interesting Dresden side-trips: Schwarzwassertal (in Marienberg) and Schillers Wohnhaus (in Weimar). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Albertinum, step into the grandiose world of Schloss & Park Pillnitz, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canaletto Blick, and examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dresden online trip builder.

You can drive from Wurzburg to Dresden in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Dresden sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Weimar, Schwarzwassertal
Highlights from your plan
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Albertinum ©
Albertinum
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden

6
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pergamonmuseum and Charlottenburg Palace. Popular historic sites such as East Side Gallery and Memorial of the Berlin Wall are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, admire the striking features of Berliner Dom, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip planning site.

You can take a train from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace

5
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
You'll explore and learn at Miniatur Wunderland and Kunsthalle Hamburg. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alter Elbtunnel and St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom). Change things up with these side-trips from Hamburg: The Wadden Sea, Germany (in Norden), Altes Land (in Jork) and Storchenpflegestation Wesermarsch (in Berne). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Arche Warder - Zentrum fur seltene Nutztierrassen, ponder the world of politics at Townhall, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, and get to know the resident critters at Tierpark Hagenbeck.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hamburg trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

The Wadden Sea, Germany, Himmelmoor, Altes Land, Serengeti-Park Hodenhagen, Arche Warder - Zentrum fur seltene Nutztierrassen
Highlights from your plan
Storchenpflegestation Wesermarsch ©
Storchenpflegestation Wesermarsch
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Kunsthalle Hamburg ©
Kunsthalle Hamburg

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