5 days in Belgium & South Holland Province Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Leiden, The Netherlands
— 1 night


Brussels, Belgium — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then make a trip to Grand Place, and finally examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta). On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then admire the masterpieces at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and finally browse the exhibits of Atomium.

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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. In September, Brussels is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Bruges, Belgium — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Markt, take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip app.

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Leiden.
Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museum De Lakenhal, then contemplate the long history of Rijksmonument Jean Pesijnhofje Leiden, then don't miss a visit to Koornbrug Leiden uit 1642-1825, and finally take a spin around town with Verita's Visit.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Leiden journey planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Leiden takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. October in Leiden sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums
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Belgium travel guide

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.

South Holland Province travel guide

Gardens · Specialty Museums · Landmarks