8 days in Bruges, Cologne & Brussels Itinerary

8 days in Bruges, Cologne & Brussels Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights

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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Salvador Dali Exhibition. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, thenjoin in the after-dark buzz at 2be Beer Wall, and finally make a trip to The Markt. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, thensteep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally view the masterpieces at Salvador Dali Exhibition.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bruges attractions planner.

Atyrau, Kazakhstan to Bruges is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Atyrau to Bruges, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Atyrau in December: high temperatures in Bruges hover around °C and lows are around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for Cologne.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum ©
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Family-friendly places like Cologne Cathedral and Konigsallee will thrill your kids. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum Ludwig and Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum). Step out of Cologne with an excursion to Altstadt in Dusseldorf--about 46 minutes away. There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum and see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cologne day trip website.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Cologne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Cologne are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dusseldorf
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Palace of Brussels as well as Hard Rock Cafe Brussels. On the 28th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Brussels, contemplate the long history of Grand Place, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, thenwander the streets of Place St. Gery, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Hard Rock Cafe Brussels. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, thenexamine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brussels online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cologne to Brussels by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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