15 days in Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium planner
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Bruges
— 6 nights
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Hoogstraten
— 1 night
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Brussels
— 6 nights
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Bruges — 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Centre of Brugge and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gravensteen and Provinciaal Hof. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ghent (Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, Caermersklooster Provincial Centre of Art and Culture, &more), The Dunes of Bredene (in Bredene) and Beach De Haan (in De Haan). The adventure continues: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Koningen's Studio Gallery, and look for gifts at The Chocolate Line Bruges.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bruges day trip planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Bruges is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington DC in January since evenings lows in Bruges dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hoogstraten.
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Hoogstraten — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look for gifts at De Biergrens, appreciate the history behind Sint Katharinakerk, fly down the slopes at Goodlife Cablepark, then steep yourself in history at Begijnhof Hoogstraten, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beguinage.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hoogstraten day trip site.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Hoogstraten takes 2 hours. In February in Hoogstraten, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Brussels.
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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.
Let the collections at Atomium and BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts capture your imagination. Grand Place and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Mechelen (Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijlekerk & Vismarkt) and Antwerp (Museum De Reede, Sunset Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, and delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Hoogstraten to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in February, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) 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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