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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then make a trip to Grand Place, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, examine the collection at Atomium, then examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

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Washington DC, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) 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 11th (Mon): make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then see the interesting displays at Bruges Beer Experience (Bruges Beer Museum), and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Leiden.
Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
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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 12th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, see the interesting displays at Museum Volkenkunde, then examine the collection at Wevershuis Museum, then admire the striking features of Koornbrug Leiden uit 1642-1825, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Rijksmonument Jean Pesijnhofje Leiden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Leiden online holiday builder.

Drive from Bruges to Leiden in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January in Leiden, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites
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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