55 days in Switzerland, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

55 days in Switzerland, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Lugano, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Biel, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Olten, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Almelo, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Lugano, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Monte San Giorgio and Centro storico Gandria. Get some cultural insight at Castello di Montebello and La Chiesa Di San Giovanni Battista. When in Lugano, make a side trip to see Castelli di Bellinzona in Bellinzona, approximately Bellinzona away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone, stroll around Parco Ciani, admire all the interesting features of Monte San Salvatore, and make a trip to Piazza della Riforma.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Lugano travel planner.

Valkenburg, The Netherlands to Lugano is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Valkenburg in June, expect Lugano to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.

Things to do in Lugano

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
St Mauritius Church and Old Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Friedhof Fluntern and Haus zum Rech are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Peakdivers (in Bunzen) and Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried (in Neerach). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum Appenzell, admire the masterpieces at Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zurich journey tool.

Fly from Lugano to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lugano in June: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:

Bern, Switzerland

— 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kleine Scheidegg and Mosesbrunnen. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Artilleriewerk Faulensee and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Oberhofen Castle (in Oberhofen am Thunersee), Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Schlosskirche) and Maennlichen (in Grindelwald). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral of Bern, explore the galleries of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Thun, and identify plant and animal life at Barenpark.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bern trip itinerary builder tool.

Take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

Basel, Switzerland

— 1 night
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Wartenberg, then contemplate the long history of Ermitage, then examine the collection at Pantheon Basel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthauskirche.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Basel journey planner.

Drive from Bern to Basel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Basel sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 12:

Lausanne, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Chaplin's World and Gruyeres Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Chillon and Eglise de Saint-Sulpice. Explore Lausanne's surroundings by going to l'Arboretum National du Vallon de l'Aubonne (in Aubonne), Steed Tours (in Montreux) and Riserva naturale Les Grangettes (in Villeneuve). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards and look for all kinds of wild species at Pisciculture de la Gruyere.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lausanne trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Basel to Lausanne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lausanne

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then examine the collection at House of Basketball, and finally admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain. On your second day here, stroll around Le Jardin Anglais, shop like a local with MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Geneva vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Lausanne to Geneva in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Geneva are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Biel.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:

Biel, Switzerland

— 4 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Biel: Gorges de l'Areuse (in Boudry), Tourbieres des Ponts-de-Martel (in Les Ponts-de-Martel) and SwissSafari GmbH (in Wolfisberg).

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Biel driving holiday planner.

Getting from Geneva to Biel by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Biel can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Olten.

Things to do in Biel

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:

Olten, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Olten is a town in the canton of Solothurn in Switzerland and capital of the district of the same name.Olten's railway station is within 30 minutes of Zürich, Bern, Basel, and Lucerne by train, and is a rail hub of Switzerland.HistorySignificant amounts of artefacts of the Magdalenian (c. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the activities along Klingnauer Stausee and then look for all kinds of wild species at Heiternplatz.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Olten trip simple and quick.

Getting from Biel to Olten by car takes about an hour. In June in Olten, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Lucerne.

Things to do in Olten

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Markuskirche, then hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, and finally identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on Swisspecial.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne road trip planner.

Drive from Olten to Lucerne in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Antwerp.

Things to do in Lucerne

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

Antwerp, Belgium

— 3 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Get a sense of the local culture at Beguinage and Fort Van Duffel. Museum-lovers will appreciate Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Venture out of the city with trips to Ertbrandbos (in Kapellen), Kinderboerderij Mikerf (in Brasschaat) and Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and look for all kinds of wild species at Oude Landen.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Antwerp day trip planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Antwerp by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Let the collections at Atomium and René Magritte Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Napoleon's Last Headquarters (in Genappe) and Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’' (in Halle). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), steep yourself in history at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Antwerp to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Antwerp in June, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 3:

Bruges, Belgium

— 5 nights

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.
Let the collections at Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Historic Centre of Brugge and Church of Our Lady Bruges. Venture out of the city with trips to In Flanders Fields Museum (in Ieper (Ypres)), Zonnebeke (Tyne Cot Cemetery & Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917) and Rumbeke Castle (in Rumbeke). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, pause for some serene contemplation at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, and explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges journey tool.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 8:

Ghent, Belgium

— 4 nights
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Popular historic sites such as Gravensteen and Western Cemetery are in your itinerary. Saint Bavo's Cathedral and Graslei and Korenlei are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Ghent: WW1 Battlefields Alive (in Beselare), Kortrijk (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel & Begijnhof) and Molsbroek (in Lokeren). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center, take in the views from St Michael's Bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Jacobskerk.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ghent tour planner.

Getting from Bruges to Ghent by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Let the collections at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) capture your imagination. Visit Madurodam and Old Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotterdam: Regte Heide & Riels Laag (in Riel), Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen (in Oisterwijk) and Landtong Rozenburg (in Rozenburg). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, take an in-depth tour of Panorama Mesdag, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, and don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Rotterdam trip planner.

Getting from Ghent to Rotterdam by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Almelo.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 17:

Almelo, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Almelo is a municipality and a city in the eastern Netherlands. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at De Weerribben National Park.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Almelo planning tool.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Almelo in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Almelo can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Almelo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 6 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen (in Woerdense Verlaat), Haarlem (Gasthuis Huisjes (van het vroegere St. Elisabeth's Gasthuis), Frans Hals Museum, &more) and Edam (Edams Museum & Wijn & Kaas speciaalzaak). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum, and examine the collection at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam road trip planner.

Getting from Almelo to Amsterdam by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 25:

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Belgium travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Monuments
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.

The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.