5 days in Belgium & South Holland Province Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
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Bruges, Belgium
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then make a trip to Grand Place, and finally see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Brussels attractions planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In September, Brussels is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bruges.
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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 27th (Sun): make a trip to The Markt, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Bruges trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive 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 28th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Rijksmonument Jean Pesijnhofje Leiden, explore the world behind art at Sculpture Garden Clingenbosch, and then get a dose of the wild on Verita's Visit.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Leiden online tour builder.

You can drive from Bruges to Leiden in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. September in Leiden sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to fly 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