20 days in Belgium, France & Germany Itinerary

20 days in Belgium, France & Germany Itinerary

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Fly to Brussels Airport, Drive to Bruges
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
Fly
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bamberg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Heidelberg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive to Frankfurt am Main Airport, Fly to Washington

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Bruges, Belgium

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ghent City Center and Tyne Cot Cemetery. Popular historic sites such as The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde and Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei & Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)), Ieper (Ypres) (Menin Gate Memorial & In Flanders Fields Museum) and Atlantikwall Raversyde (in Ostend). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Torture Museum Oude Steen, don't miss a visit to The Markt, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Washington, USA to Bruges is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Bruges due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington in May; daily highs in Bruges reach 62°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

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Paris, France

— 6 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Musee Rodin and Île de la Cité are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at The Army Museum and Musee Marmottan Monet capture your imagination. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and examine the collection at Fondation Louis Vuitton.

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You can take a train from Bruges to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Paris sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hamburg.

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Hamburg, Germany

— 1 night

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the activities along Port of Hamburg, appreciate the extensive heritage of Alter Elbtunnel, then admire the striking features of Speicherstadt, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and finally admire the striking features of Townhall.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Hamburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Munich.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Munich, Germany

— 4 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Herrenchiemsee New Palace. Get some historical perspective at Schloss Hohenschwangau and Old Town. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Ettal (Schloss Linderhof & Ettal Abbey), Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen) and Pilgrimage Church of Wies (in Steingaden). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St Peter's, see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asamkirche, and snap pictures at Old Stone Bridge.

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Traveling by flight from Hamburg to Munich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to fly to Dresden.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Dresden, Germany

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Koenigstein Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Bruehlsche Terrasse, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, and finally make a trip to Procession of Princes. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and then examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

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Getting from Munich to Dresden by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Bamberg.

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Bamberg, Germany

— 1 night

Franconian Rome

First mentioned in historical records from the year 902, Bamberg retains today the medieval, old-world charm that has defined its past development.
On the 18th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Altes Rathaus, contemplate the long history of Bamberg Altstadt, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bamberg Cathedral.

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Drive from Dresden to Bamberg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bamberg can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

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Rothenburg, Germany

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then wander the streets of Altstadt, then steep yourself in history at Town Walls, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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Getting from Bamberg to Rothenburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Heidelberg, Germany

— 1 night

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg, and then wander the streets of Altstadt (Old Town).

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Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Heidelberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Rothenburg in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Heidelberg, with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Belgium travel guide

4.2
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.

France travel guide

4.3
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.