11 days in Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent Itinerary

11 days in Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Brussels
— 2 nights
2
Antwerp
— 2 nights
3
Ghent
— 5 nights

2
nights
Brussels

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.
Visit Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) for their historical value. Atomium and Belgian Comic Strip Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, view the masterpieces at La Patinoire Royale, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Brussels.

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Kalamazoo, USA to Brussels is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Kalamazoo to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kalamazoo in October, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

2
nights
Antwerp

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
On the 6th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, get outside with Sunset Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sint-Annastrand, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Fort Van Duffel. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), grab your bike and head to Te Boelaerpark, then take a stroll through Zuid (the South), and finally make a trip to Grote Markt.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Antwerp trip planning website.

You can drive from Brussels to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Antwerp

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fort Van Duffel
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Sint-Annastrand ©
Sint-Annastrand
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)

5
nights
Ghent

Ghent ©
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum. Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum and Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Ghent's surroundings by going to Bruges (De Fonteintjes, Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, &more) and Mariakerke Beach (in Ostend). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ghent trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Antwerp to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. You will leave for home on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Bruges, Mariakerke Beach
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Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

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