15 days in Belgium Itinerary

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Bruges
— 5 nights
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Maasmechelen
— 2 nights
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Ferrieres
— 1 night
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Brussels
— 5 nights
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gravensteen and The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ghent (Be O & Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and explore the galleries of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bruges trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Bruges is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Bruges is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in April, expect Bruges to be slightly colder, temps between 56°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Maasmechelen.
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Maasmechelen — 2 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. On the 2nd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at De Teut and then explore the striking landscape of Mechelse Heide. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Duinengordel and then hike along Bronnenwandeling.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Maasmechelen trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Bruges to Maasmechelen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In May in Maasmechelen, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Ferrieres.
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Ferrieres — 1 night

Ferrières is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): hike along Musee en plein air et Tour St Martin, then identify plant and animal life at La Roche-aux-Faucons, and then hike along Le Ninglinspo.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ferrieres road trip planning website.

You can drive from Maasmechelen to Ferrieres in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Maasmechelen in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ferrieres: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Brussels.
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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and Thema Art Gallery. Appreciate the collections at Atomium and Belgian Comic Strip Center. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Brussels trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ferrieres to Brussels takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to 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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