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.
On the 18th (Fri), browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta). On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then examine the collection at Atomium, and finally see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center.

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Washington DC, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: highs in Brussels hover around 43°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

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You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Bruges, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Kasteel Duivenvoorde, then admire the masterpieces at Sculpture Garden Clingenbosch, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rijn (Rhine).

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Traveling by car from Bruges to Leiden takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Leiden are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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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