16 days in Brussels & Lille Itinerary

16 days in Brussels & Lille Itinerary

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Start: Brussels, Belgium
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 12 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Lille, France
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
End: Brussels, Belgium

12
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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.
Historic Centre of Brugge and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Antwerp (Pierre Marcolini, Cathedral of Our Lady, &more), Bruges (Basilica of the Holy Blood, The Markt, &more) and Ghent (Gravensteen, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche Aux Puces de Bruxelles, and get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip website.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiports are Brussels Airport, Antwerp International Airport (Deurne), Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Liège Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp
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Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

3
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Lille, France

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Grande Place, shop like a local with Vieux-Lille, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de Carvin, and finally contemplate the long history of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Calais Wine Superstore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place aux Oignons, and then admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lille trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Brussels to Lille in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Lille

Shopping Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Calais Wine Superstore, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de Carvin
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Calais Wine Superstore ©
Calais Wine Superstore
Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial ©
Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de Carvin ©
Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de Carvin

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