8 days in Belgium, Dusseldorf & Amsterdam Itinerary

8 days in Belgium, Dusseldorf & Amsterdam Itinerary

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8 days in Belgium, Dusseldorf & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  4​h
1
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

1
night
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Museum Kunstpalast, admire the striking features of St. Lambertus Church, then explore the world behind art at Museum Folkwang, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shrine of the Three Kings, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gross St. Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Melaten-Friedhof, make a trip to Kirche St. Andreas, then shop like a local with Konigsallee, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Dusseldorf travel route builder website .

Istanbul, Turkey to Dusseldorf is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Dusseldorf, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Dusseldorf, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cologne, Museum Folkwang
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St. Lambertus Church ©
St. Lambertus Church
Konigsallee ©
Konigsallee
Melaten-Friedhof
Melaten-Friedhof

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at The Amstel and Herengracht. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: World Heritage Kinderdijk (in Kinderdijk), Canals area (in Utrecht) and The Hague (Louwman Museum The Hague & Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, see the interesting displays at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, and get engrossed in the history at Amsterdam Gallery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam sightseeing app .

You can drive from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

The Hague, World Heritage Kinderdijk, Canals area, Zaanse Schans
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip planner .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

For Freedom Museum, Langemark Cemetery, Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

1
night
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Art Center Horus, explore the world behind art at Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, then explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, and finally take a stroll through Patershol.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ghent holiday builder tool .

Ghent is just a stone's throw from Bruges. In December in Ghent, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Art Center Horus
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
St. Nicholas' Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas' Cathedral

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Atomium, then admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Grand Place.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels online travel route planner .

Getting from Ghent to Brussels by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
René Magritte Museum ©
René Magritte Museum

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