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 23rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and finally don't miss a visit to Atomium.

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Washington DC, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Brussels is 6 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in September; daily highs in Brussels reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough 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 25th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Markt, 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.

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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, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to 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.
On the 26th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Museum De Lakenhal, admire the striking features of Rijksmonument Jean Pesijnhofje Leiden, then admire the landmark architecture of Koornbrug Leiden uit 1642-1825, and finally surround yourself with nature on Verita's Visit.

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Traveling by car from Bruges to Leiden takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. September in Leiden sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can 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