58 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Switzerland Itinerary

58 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Montlhery, France
Drive + Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 16 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 10 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  4 h 45 min
4
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Bern, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Appenzell, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
End: Montlhery, France

16
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.
Let the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and Grote Markt are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: museum Beelden aan Zee (in Scheveningen), Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum, Teylers Museum, &more) and The Hague (Madurodam, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, explore the activities along Het Twiske, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and take an in-depth tour of Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Montlhery, France to Amsterdam is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In September, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, Haarlem, Delft, Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen, Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

7
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Groeningemuseum and Gravensteen. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Belfry of Bruges. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ghent (De Assels, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, don't miss a visit to The Markt, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and explore the world behind art at Gruuthusemuseum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip planner.

Drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ghent, Provincial Domain Bulskampveld
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

10
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.
Let the collections at Atomium and Belgian Comic Strip Center capture your imagination. Grand Place and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Parc de Furfooz (in Dinant), Antwerp (Rockoxhuis, Grote Markt, &more) and La Roche-aux-Faucons (in Esneux). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles).

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Getting from Bruges to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lausanne.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Antwerp, Parc de Furfooz, Memorial Waterloo 1815, La Roche-aux-Faucons, Francois Duesberg Museum
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique ©
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

3
nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Chillon and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards are in your itinerary. International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and Musee Baud will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lausanne: Riserva naturale Les Grangettes (in Villeneuve), Pisciculture de la Gruyere (in Neirivue) and Geneva (Patek Philippe Museum & Cathedrale de St-Pierre). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Creux du Van, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Coppet, explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut, and take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lausanne trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Brussels to Lausanne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Geneva, Montreux, Riserva naturale Les Grangettes, Pisciculture de la Gruyere, Chateau de Chillon
Highlights from your plan
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum ©
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum

6
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sherlock Holmes Museum and Schweizerisches . Visit Church of the Holy Ghost and Zahringerbrunnen for their historical value. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Interlaken (Alpenwildpark, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more), Freiluft- und Hallenbad Boedeli (in Unterseen) and Galerie Wydi (in Wilderswil). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, see the interesting displays at Klingendes Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Fondation Pour le Cheval, and contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bern road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Lausanne to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October in Bern, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Interlaken, Lenk im Simmental, Meiringen, Lac Vert d'Undervelier, Musee Longines
Highlights from your plan
Klingendes Museum ©
Klingendes Museum
Kindermuseum Creaviva ©
Kindermuseum Creaviva
Schweizerisches ©
Schweizerisches

4
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kleine Scheidegg and Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie" are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen. Venture out of the city with trips to Zermatt (Gorner Gorge, Mountaineers' Cemetery, &more), Wengen (Molitor, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, &more) and Axalp (in Brienz). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take a memorable ride with Pfingstegg, examine the collection at Grindelwald Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald trip site.

Drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Zermatt, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Axalp
Highlights from your plan
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Grindelwald Museum ©
Grindelwald Museum
Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen ©
Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen

4
nights
Appenzell, Switzerland

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Popular historic sites such as Landsgemeindeplatz and St Mauritius Church are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kunstmuseum Appenzell and Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR. Change things up with these side-trips from Appenzell: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Trans Ruinaulta (in Ilanz) and Museum POST AB! (in Weisstannen). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, get outside with Seealpsee, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG, and take in the awesome beauty at Stoos Stanseilbahn.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Appenzell trip planner.

Drive from Grindelwald to Appenzell in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Heiden, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, Seealpsee
Highlights from your plan
Kunstmuseum Appenzell ©
Kunstmuseum Appenzell
Landsgemeindeplatz ©
Landsgemeindeplatz
Museum Appenzell ©
Museum Appenzell

6
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Museum Rietberg. Old Town and Katholische Pfarrei St. Peter und Paul will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Kriens (St Gallus Catholic Church & Pilatus Luzern), Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried (in Neerach) and Lucerne (Biosphaere Entlebuch, The Rosengart Collection, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, cool off at Swimming Pools Unter Letten, get a taste of the local shopping with Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection, and look for all kinds of wild species at Naturstation Silberweide.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zurich day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Naturstation Silberweide, hike.ch, Festung Vitznau, Museum des Landes Glarus - Freulerpalast
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg
Old Town ©
Old Town

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