10 days in Brussels & Antwerp Itinerary

10 days in Brussels & Antwerp Itinerary

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Brussels
— 6 nights
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Antwerp
— 3 nights
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Brussels — 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and Atomium. Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Mille Fleurs Tapestries, Historic Centre of Brugge, &more) and Ghent (Graffiti Street, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, shop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Brussels online trip itinerary builder.

Washington, USA to Brussels is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington in April: highs in Brussels hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Antwerp.
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Antwerp — 3 nights

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Graslei and Korenlei and MAS - Museum aan de Stroom. Change things up with these side-trips from Antwerp: Ghent (Ghent City Center, Design Museum Gent, &more) and In Flanders Fields Museum (in Ieper (Ypres)). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, and see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis).

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Antwerp road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Antwerp are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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