5 days in Belgium & South Holland Province Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Leiden, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and finally explore the galleries of Atomium.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip site.

Washington DC, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Brussels. In September, Brussels is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bruges.
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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.
On the 13th (Sun), don't miss a visit to The Markt, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Leiden.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Rijksmonument Jean Pesijnhofje Leiden, then explore the world behind art at Sculpture Garden Clingenbosch, and then get a dose of the wild on Verita's Visit.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Leiden journey builder app.

You can drive from Bruges to Leiden in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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