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 16th (Wed): 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: browse the different shops 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 see the interesting displays at Atomium.

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Washington DC, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Brussels, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in September, expect Brussels to be slightly colder, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to The Markt, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

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Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Bruges, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) 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 19th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museum De Lakenhal, then admire the striking features of Rijksmonument Jean Pesijnhofje Leiden, then admire the striking features of Koornbrug Leiden uit 1642-1825, and finally savor the flavors at Verita's Visit.

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You can drive from Bruges to Leiden in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Leiden can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · 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