5 days in Brussels & Amsterdam Itinerary

5 days in Brussels & Amsterdam Itinerary

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5 days in Brussels & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf, Germany
Drive:  2​h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Dusseldorf, Germany

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Old Town of Durbuy and Tyne Cot Cemetery. Escape the urban bustle at Bruges Art Route and Sonian Forest. When in Brussels, make a side trip to see Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan in Bruges, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, examine the collection at Atomium, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Brussels is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bruges, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Old Town of Durbuy
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Atomium ©
Atomium

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): wander the streets of The Jordaan, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online holiday planner .

Take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Breweries & Distilleries
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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