14 days in The Hague, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

14 days in The Hague, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
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The Hague, The Netherlands

The Hague ©
Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
On the 2nd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Zandmotor, then enjoy the sand and surf at Scheveningen Beach, then stroll around Landgoed Clingendael, and finally view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our The Hague trip itinerary planning site.

Manama, Bahrain to The Hague is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Manama to The Hague. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Manama in December, with highs in The Hague at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Zandmotor ©
Zandmotor
Scheveningen Beach ©
Scheveningen Beach

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Zandvoort aan Zee in Zandvoort (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, browse the exhibits of De Nieuwe Kerk, and identify plant and animal life at Het Twiske.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Getting from The Hague to Amsterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Zandvoort aan Zee
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Groeningemuseum and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Step out of the city life by going to Minnewater Lake and Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Bruges (Friet Museum, The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, &more) and Ghent (Gravensteen & Saint Bavo's Cathedral). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), browse the exhibits of Maison d'Erasme, and admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Bruges, Ghent
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Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake
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Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

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