9 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe planner
Make it your trip
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Dortmund, Germany
— 3 nights


Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

On the 1st (Sat), admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and then take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Amsterdam is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Dubai to Amsterdam, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in July, things will get colder in Amsterdam: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brussels.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Place. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, see the interesting displays at Atomium, and then admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels travel planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dortmund.
Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

Dortmund, Germany — 3 nights

Green Metropolis

Change things up with these side-trips from Dortmund: Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen (in Essen), Zoom Erlebniswelt (in Gelsenkirchen) and Gasometer Oberhausen (in Oberhausen). Pack the 7th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Movie Park Germany. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at LWL Industrial Museum Zollern, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, have fun and explore at German Football Museum, and stroll around Westfalenpark.

Plan trip to Dortmund with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Dortmund takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Dortmund can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for home.
Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

The Netherlands travel guide

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.

Belgium travel guide

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.

Germany travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.