9 days in Belgium & Luxembourg Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Bastogne, Belgium
— 1 night
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights


Brussels, Belgium — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon and Passion Chocolat. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Atomium, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Petit Sablon, explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, and see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels route maker app.

Washington DC, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: highs in Brussels hover around 43°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Luxembourg City.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — 1 night

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Casemates du Bock, explore the different monuments and memorials at Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, then get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and finally don't miss a visit to Pfaffenthal Lift / Aufzug/ Scenic lift.

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Drive from Brussels to Luxembourg City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bastogne.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Bastogne, Belgium — 1 night

Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II. Over seven decades later, the town's daily life remains deeply linked to this dramatic episode in wartime history.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne, then learn about all things military at Bastogne War Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Mardasson Memorial.

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Drive from Luxembourg City to Bastogne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Bruges, Belgium — 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Centre of Brugge and Torture Museum Oude Steen. Step off the beaten path and head to Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai and Church of Our Lady Bruges. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Markt, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, stop by The Old Chocolate House, and enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip planning app.

You can drive from Bastogne to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. December in Bruges sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries
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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.

Luxembourg travel guide

Castles · Landmarks · Churches
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.