15 days in Belgium Itinerary

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Brussels
— 5 nights
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Liege
— 2 nights
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Bruges
— 6 nights
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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 appreciate Atomium and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Grand Place and Royal Palace of Brussels will appeal to history buffs. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Te Boelaerpark (in Antwerp), Fort 5 (in Edegem) and Molsbroek (in Lokeren). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels trip builder.

Washington DC, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Brussels due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 43°F by day to 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Liege.
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Liege — 2 nights

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Forestia, then hike along La Vallee de la Hoegne, then stop by La Maison Saive, and finally see the interesting displays at Maison de l'eau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at La Roche-aux-Faucons, wander the streets of Domaine de Palogne, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Liege online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Liege takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Liege can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to 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.
Shop till you drop at Carpentier-Goegebeuer and Art Gallery Koetshuis. Appreciate the collections at Groeningemuseum and Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, &more), The Dunes of Bredene (in Bredene) and Mariakerke Beach (in Ostend). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to The Markt, examine the collection at Friet Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

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Traveling by car from Liege to Bruges takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight 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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