22 days in Amsterdam, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

22 days in Amsterdam, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

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22 days in Amsterdam, Belgium & Germany Itinerary

Start: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly + Foot:  4​h 15​min
End: Birmingham, United Kingdom

5
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder and Body Worlds. Museum-lovers will appreciate Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: The Hague (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Panorama Mesdag, & more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, get engrossed in the history at De Nieuwe Kerk, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and explore the galleries of Willet-Holthuysen Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam tour builder tool .

Glasgow, UK to Amsterdam is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Glasgow to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Hague, Zaanse Schans
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Belfry of Bruges and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Appreciate the collections at Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Step out of Bruges to go to Ghent and see Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Markt, stop by The Bottle Shop, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip builder app .

Drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In January in Bruges, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, Huisje van Majutte
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Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

5
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Place and Museum Plantin-Moretus. Museum-lovers will get to explore Atomium and Rubens House (Rubenshuis). Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Forestia (in Theux), GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds (in Antwerp) and Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’' (in Halle). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, don't miss a visit to Dijlepad, and examine the collection at Autoworld.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Brussels, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Antwerp, Forestia, klein Begijnhof, Dijlepad, Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’'
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

4
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Cologne Cathedral and Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Chocolate Museum and Museum Schnutgen will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Cologne to Remagen to see Arp Museum about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, see the interesting displays at Kolumba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shrine of the Three Kings, and stroll the grounds of Melaten-Friedhof.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cologne day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Brussels to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cologne are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arp Museum
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Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Arp Museum ©
Arp Museum

3
nights
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rheinuferpromenade and Hetjens-Museum Düsseldorf. Get some cultural insight at Konigsallee and Dusseldorf-Oberkassel. Change things up with these side-trips from Dusseldorf: Kloster Kamp (in Kamp-Lintfort), Gnadenkapelle (in Kevelaer) and Royal Air Force Museum Laarbruch Weeze e.V. (in Weeze). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Schifffahrtmuseum Dusseldorf, don't miss a visit to Kirche St. Andreas, delve into the distant past at ArcheoPoint, and admire the masterpieces at K21 Kunstsammlung NRW.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dusseldorf online vacation planner .

Dusseldorf is just a short distance from Cologne. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kloster Kamp, Royal Air Force Museum Laarbruch Weeze e.V., Gnadenkapelle
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Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen ©
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade
Konigsallee ©
Konigsallee

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