15 days in Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium trip planner
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Brussels
— 5 nights
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Maasmechelen
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Bruges
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Brussels — 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Atomium and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grand Place and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Antwerp (Meir, Cathedral of Our Lady, &more) and Loopgravenpad Mastenbos (in Kapellen). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Brussels.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Brussels. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for little chillier days in Brussels, with highs around 47°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Maasmechelen.
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Maasmechelen — 3 nights

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. Visiting La Roche-aux-Faucons and Bronnenwandeling will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maasmechelen: Travel Gallery (in Liege), Le Ninglinspo (in Nonceveux) and Forestia (in Theux). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mechelse Heide.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Maasmechelen journey maker app.

Drive from Brussels to Maasmechelen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in November, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges — 5 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Plage d'Ostende and Mariakerke Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Gravensteen. When in Bruges, make a side trip to see Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve in Ghent, approximately Ghent away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and make a trip to The Markt.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Maasmechelen to Bruges takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in November, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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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