55 days in Switzerland, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

55 days in Switzerland, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Lugano, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Basel, Switzerland
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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
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Bruges, Belgium
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Ghent, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Almelo, The Netherlands
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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 Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone. 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. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Centro storico Gandria, walk around Parco Ciani, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monte San Salvatore, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lugano travel tool.

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. In June, Lugano is somewhat warmer than Valkenburg - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.
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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 Friedhof Fluntern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Haus zum Rech are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), BirdLife-Naturzentrum Neeracherried (in Neerach) and Peakdivers (in Bunzen). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum Appenzell, admire the striking features of Six Swiss Exchange - Borse, take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, and make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zurich day trip website.

You can fly from Lugano to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lugano in June, things will get a bit cooler in Zurich: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Bern.
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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 Zahringerbrunnen. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Oberhofen Castle and Mosesbrunnen. Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Maennlichen (in Grindelwald), Artilleriewerk Faulensee (in Faulensee) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Schlosskirche). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, browse the exhibits of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bern trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Bern are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Basel.
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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.
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Lausanne, Switzerland — 3 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Chillon and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards. Museum-lovers will get to explore Chaplin's World and Gruyeres Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lausanne: l'Arboretum du Vallon de l'Aubonne (in Aubonne), Steed Tours (in Montreux) and Reserve Naturelle des Grangettes (in Villeneuve). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Sulpice 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.
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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, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais, shop like a local with MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, get great views 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 go by car to Biel.
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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).

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Biel road trip site.

You can drive from Geneva to Biel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Olten.
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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.

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Getting from Biel to Olten by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. 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.
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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 look for all kinds of wild species 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.
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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 Cathedral of Our Lady. Museum-lovers will appreciate Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Venture out of the city with trips to Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout), Fort Van Duffel (in Duffel) and Kinderboerderij Mikerf (in Brasschaat). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom and look for all kinds of wild species at Ertbrandbos.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Antwerp road trip planning site.

Fly from Lucerne to Antwerp in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brussels.
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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 (in Halle). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Brussels, shop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta).

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Brussels trip tool.

You can drive from Antwerp to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Antwerp in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Brussels, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Bruges.
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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)), Rumbeke Castle (in Rumbeke) and Zonnebeke (Tyne Cot Cemetery & Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, 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 drive; or 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.
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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 Saint Bavo's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Graslei and Korenlei and Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Ghent: Molsbroek (in Lokeren), Begijnhof (in Kortrijk) and WW1 Battlefields Alive (in Beselare). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Western Cemetery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center, identify plant and animal life at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, and take in the views from St Michael's Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ghent itinerary builder app.

Getting from Bruges to Ghent by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Ghent, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Rotterdam.
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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 World Heritage Kinderdijk for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotterdam: Regte Heide & Riels Laag (in Riel), Landtong Rozenburg (in Rozenburg) and Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen (in Oisterwijk). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Church, admire the striking features of Euromast, and take in the views from Erasmus Bridge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Rotterdam day trip planner.

Getting from Ghent to Rotterdam by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Almelo.
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Almelo, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Almelo is a municipality and a city in the eastern Netherlands. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at De Weerribben National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Almelo online trip builder.

Drive from Rotterdam to Almelo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.
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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.
Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Museum Het Rembrandthuis and Gasthuis Huisjes (van het vroegere St. Elisabeth's Gasthuis) for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more), Edam (Edams Museum & Wijn & Kaas speciaalzaak) and Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen (in Woerdense Verlaat). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, stroll around Vondelpark, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Almelo to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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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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The Netherlands travel guide

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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.
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