15 days in Belgium Itinerary

15 days in Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium trip itinerary planner
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Brussels
— 4 nights
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Maasmechelen
— 3 nights
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Bruges
— 6 nights
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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and Museum De Reede. Atomium and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Antwerp (Te Boelaerpark & Sint-Annastrand) and Arboretum Wespelaar (in Haacht). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, and admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels travel route planning app.

Washington DC, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in October, with highs in Brussels at 57°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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. Take a break from the city and head to La Roche-aux-Faucons and Domaine de Berinzenne. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maasmechelen: La Maison Saive (in Heusy), Domaine de Palogne (in Ferrieres) and Bronnenwandeling (in Sint-Martens-Voeren). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Mechelse Heide.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Maasmechelen online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Maasmechelen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Bruges.
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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.
Let the collections at Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Basilica of the Holy Blood. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Beach De Haan (in De Haan), Ghent (Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve & Proof) and The Dunes of Bredene (in Bredene). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, kick back and relax at Mariakerke Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at De Fonteintjes, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip planner.

You can drive from Maasmechelen to Bruges in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. October in Bruges sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can 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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