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 25th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), see the interesting displays at Atomium, then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally steep yourself in history at Grand Place. On the next day, make a trip to Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center.

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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. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are slightly colder, around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit 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 your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Kasteel Duivenvoorde, then explore the world behind art at Sculpture Garden Clingenbosch, and then explore the activities along Rijn (Rhine).

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You can drive from Bruges to Leiden in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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