5 days in Germany, Basel & Brussels Itinerary

5 days in Germany, Basel & Brussels Itinerary

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Dusseldorf, Germany
— Few hours
2
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
3
Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night

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Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
On the 23rd (Mon), take a stroll through Dusseldorf-Oberkassel.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dusseldorf trip itinerary planner.

Eindhoven, The Netherlands to Dusseldorf is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. December in Dusseldorf sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Neighborhoods
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Dusseldorf-Oberkassel ©
Dusseldorf-Oberkassel

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nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne road trip site.

You can drive from Dusseldorf to Cologne in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Basel.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Jagdschloss Falkenlust
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Saint Gereon's Basilica ©
Saint Gereon's Basilica
Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum

1
night
Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): wander the streets of Basel's Old Town, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen, thenexplore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, thenengage your brain at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, and then see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill Museum.

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Getting from Cologne to Basel by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cologne in December since evenings lows in Basel dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
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Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum

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night
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.
On the 27th (Fri), examine the collection at Atomium, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, and then steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Basel to Brussels takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks Museums Nature
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Sonian Forest ©
Sonian Forest

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