15 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg Itinerary

15 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg Itinerary

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Bus to Vienna, Fly to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive
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De Cocksdorp, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oostkapelle, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then visit The Jordaan, and then get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then examine the collection at Anne Frank House.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

Bratislava, Slovakia to Amsterdam is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Bratislava in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to De Cocksdorp.
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De Cocksdorp, The Netherlands — 2 nights

De Cocksdorp is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Texel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Kaap Skil, Museum van Jutters & Zeelui and then tee off at Golfbaan De Texelse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the De Cocksdorp online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to De Cocksdorp takes 2.5 hours. In August in De Cocksdorp, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Oostkapelle.
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Oostkapelle, The Netherlands — 1 night

Oostkapelle is a village in the Dutch province of Zeeland. On the 10th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Westhove Castle and then see the interesting displays at Polderhuis Westkapelle Dijk- en Oorlogsmuseum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Oostkapelle holiday maker site.

Getting from De Cocksdorp to Oostkapelle by car takes about 4 hours. August in Oostkapelle sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Escape the urban bustle at Minnewater Lake and De Panne Beach. Appreciate the collections at Groeningemuseum and Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Go for a jaunt from Bruges to Ieper (Ypres) to see Essex Farm Cemetery about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and trek along Bruges Art Route.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bruges holiday builder.

Getting from Oostkapelle to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bruges when traveling from Oostkapelle in August, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ghent.
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Ghent, Belgium — 2 nights

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.
On the 14th (Sun), choose your vessel at Minerva Boat Rental, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, admire the striking features of Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and finally wander the streets of Patershol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen and then explore the venue of DOK.

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Getting from Bruges to Ghent by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Ghent are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 nights

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get some cultural insight at René Magritte Museum and Place St. Gery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery and Golf de Rigenee. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: ZOO Planckendael (in Mechelen), ZOO Antwerpen (Dierentuin) (in Antwerp) and Pairi Daiza (in Brugelette). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cantillon Brewery.

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Getting from Ghent to Brussels by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Luxembourg City.
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — 1 night

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
On the 19th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Caves St Martin, delve into the distant past at Bourscheid Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Vianden Castle, and finally explore the ancient world of Beaufort Castles. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Casemates du Bock, then steep yourself in history at Grand Ducal Palace, then see the interesting displays at The Family of Man, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Clervaux.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Luxembourg City route planner.

Getting from Brussels to Luxembourg City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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Luxembourg travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Churches
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.
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