10 days in Belgium Itinerary

10 days in Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium journey planner
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Bruges
— 4 nights
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Maasmechelen
— 1 night
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Brussels
— 4 nights
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Bruges — 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at Gravensteen and Friet Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: The Dunes of Bredene (in Bredene) and Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent City Center, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, get engrossed in the history at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Bruges is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Bruges due to the time zone difference. In August, Bruges is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Maasmechelen.
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Maasmechelen — 1 night

Maasmechelen is a municipality located on the Meuse river in the Belgian province of Limburg.It comprises the former municipalities of Mechelen-aan-de-Maas, Vucht, Leut, Meeswijk, Uikhoven, Eisden, Opgrimbie, Boorsem, and Kotem.As a result of both Maasmechelen’s location near the border and its coalmining history quite a few of its current inhabitants are from Dutch, German, Eastern European (e.g., Polish) or Mediterranean (mainly Italian) origin.HistoryPrehistoric and Roman timesThe plateau of Campine was built up during the ice age with deposits of sand and other material that the Meuse river had eroded in the upstream Ardennes region. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mechelse Heide.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Maasmechelen road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Maasmechelen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. August in Maasmechelen sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels — 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Grand Place and Royal Palace of Brussels are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Atomium and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For maps and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Maasmechelen to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Brussels sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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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.
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