3 days in Belgium & South Holland Province Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Leiden, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium — 1 night

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.
On the 1st (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, and finally explore the galleries of Atomium.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Brussels visit planner.

Washington, USA to Brussels is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington in April: highs in Brussels hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Leiden.
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Leiden, The Netherlands — 1 night

Museum City

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
On the 2nd (Sun), admire the natural beauty at The Flower Bulb Region, then walk around Keukenhof, and then get outside with Langevelderslag.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Leiden online trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Brussels to Leiden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Leiden are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel 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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South Holland Province travel guide

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Gardens · Specialty Museums · Landmarks