18 days in Belgium, Germany & Innsbruck Itinerary

18 days in Belgium, Germany & Innsbruck Itinerary

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18 days in Belgium, Germany & Innsbruck Itinerary

Start: Mazatlan, Mexico
Fly + train:  20​h 15​min
1
Ghent, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Innsbruck, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Mazatlan, Mexico


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3
nights
Ghent, Belgium

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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilica of the Holy Blood and Tyne Cot Cemetery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Bavo's Cathedral and Ramparts Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ghent: Hill 60 (in Ieper (Ypres)), Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 (in Zonnebeke) and Bruges (St. Anne's Church, Torture Museum Oude Steen, & more). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), take in the views from St Michael's Bridge, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Ghent trip itinerary maker website .

Mazatlan, Mexico to Ghent is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Mazatlan in August: high temperatures in Ghent hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bruges, Ieper (Ypres), Zonnebeke
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then examine the collection at Atomium, and finally explore the world behind art at Francois Duesberg Museum. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Memorial Waterloo 1815, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Villers, and then steep yourself in history at Citadelle (Citadel).

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Ghent to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can take a train to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Memorial Waterloo 1815, Abbaye de Villers, Citadelle (Citadel), Francois Duesberg Museum
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Abbaye de Villers ©
Abbaye de Villers

2
nights
Antwerp, Belgium

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carolus Borromeus Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Paul's Church, then see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), get to know the fascinating history of Cogels Osylei, make a trip to St. Anna's Tunnel / Pedestrians' Tunnel, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Plantin-Moretus, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall (Stadhuis).

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Antwerp trip planner .

Take a train from Brussels to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Antwerp are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Cogels Osylei ©
Cogels Osylei

2
nights
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
On the 10th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Burg Wachtendonk, then steep yourself in history at Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, then get a taste of the local shopping with Konigsallee, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Rheinuferpromenade. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Botanischer Garten Grugapark, then learn more about the world around you at Schloss Benrath, and then examine the collection at Classic Remise Dusseldorf.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dusseldorf trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Antwerp to Dusseldorf by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Dusseldorf sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Essen, Burg Wachtendonk
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Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade
Schloss Benrath ©
Schloss Benrath

3
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reichsburg Cochem and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cologne Cathedral and Rheinfels Castle. Explore Cologne's surroundings by going to Marksburg (in Braubach), Eltz Castle (in Wierschem) and Bonner Munster (in Bonn). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shrine of the Three Kings, admire the landmark architecture of Gross St. Martin, and snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cologne trip itinerary tool .

Cologne is just a short distance from Dusseldorf. In August, daytime highs in Cologne are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Reichsburg Cochem, Marksburg, Eltz Castle, Rheinfels Castle
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Ehrenbreitstein Fortress ©
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Reichsburg Cochem ©
Reichsburg Cochem
Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle

4
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Altstadt von Innsbruck and Rosshutte. Get some historical perspective at Hofkirche and Kufstein Fortress. Get out of town with these interesting Innsbruck side-trips: Neustift im Stubaital (Stubaier Gletscher & Grawa Wasserfall), Hexenwasser (in Soll) and Kitzbuhel (Schwarzsee & Pfarrkirche "Zum Heiligen Andreas"). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Maria-Theresien-Strasse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob, explore the activities along River Inn, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Georgskapelle.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Cologne to Innsbruck in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Innsbruck are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Neustift im Stubaital, Kitzbuhel, Rosshutte, Kufstein Fortress, Hexenwasser
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Hofkirche ©
Hofkirche
Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck
Kufstein Fortress
Kufstein Fortress

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