7 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

7 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights


The Hague, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Madurodam, take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, and then get a sense of history and politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at De Pier Scheveningen, then take an in-depth tour of Panorama Mesdag, then see the interesting displays at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), and finally don't miss a visit to Markt.

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Amsterdam to The Hague is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in The Hague are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotterdam.
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands — 1 night

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, get in on the family fun at Efteling, and then browse the different shops at Markthal. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, examine the collection at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, then admire the striking features of Euromast, and finally snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge.

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Traveling by car from The Hague to Rotterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Antwerp.
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Antwerp, Belgium — 2 nights

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Antwerp is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), explore the world behind art at Museum Plantin-Moretus, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady.

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You can drive from Rotterdam to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Antwerp, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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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.

Belgium travel guide

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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.