9 days in Belgium, Dusseldorf & Amsterdam Itinerary

9 days in Belgium, Dusseldorf & Amsterdam Itinerary

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9 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 day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rheinturm. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of St. Lambertus Church, take in panoramic vistas at Rheinturm, admire the masterpieces at Museum Kunstpalast, then steep yourself in history at Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shrine of the Three Kings, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Gross St. Martin.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dusseldorf attractions planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Dusseldorf is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Dusseldorf is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit cooler 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

Side Trips

Cologne, Kloster Kamp
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St. Lambertus Church ©
St. Lambertus Church
Shrine of the Three Kings ©
Shrine of the Three Kings
Gross St. Martin ©
Gross St. Martin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, then contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and finally wander the streets of The Jordaan.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam travel planner.

You can drive from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Hague, World Heritage Kinderdijk, Canals area, Zaanse Schans
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Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, examine the collection at Holy Savior Cathedral (Sint-Salvatorskathedraal), steep yourself in history at Basilica of the Holy Blood, then admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Bruges Art Route, take an in-depth tour of For Freedom Museum, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, steep yourself in history at The Jerusalem Chapel & Adornes Domain, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, and finally stroll the grounds of Langemark Cemetery.

To find maps and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges road trip planning app .

Drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Bruges, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. 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 Parks

Side Trips

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

1
day
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.
On the 24th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, look for all kinds of wild species at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kraanlei.

Make your Ghent itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Ghent is just a short distance from Bruges. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral

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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): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Atomium, delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and finally take a stroll through Place St. Gery.

To see photos and more tourist information, read Brussels journey planning app .

Take a train from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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