13 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

13 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

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13 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
2
Strausberg, Germany
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
7
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
End: Brussels, Belgium


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3
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 16th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Romer, then get great views at Main Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Staedel Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Flugsimulator Frankfurt. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Goethe House, admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), and finally explore the world behind art at Liebieghaus.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Frankfurt trip tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Frankfurt am Main Airport, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport. In November, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Strausberg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
Liebieghaus ©
Liebieghaus
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

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day
Strausberg, Germany

Strausberg ©
Strausberg is a town in Brandenburg, Germany, located 30 km east of Berlin. On the 18th (Mon), explore the activities along Botzsee, then take in panoramic vistas at Aussichtsturm Woltersdorf, and then walk around Museumspark Rudersdorf.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Strausberg online driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Frankfurt to Strausberg. In November, daytime highs in Strausberg are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Strausberg

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Museumspark Rudersdorf, Aussichtsturm Woltersdorf
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Botzsee ©
Botzsee
Aussichtsturm Woltersdorf ©
Aussichtsturm Woltersdorf
Museumspark Rudersdorf ©
Museumspark Rudersdorf

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nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, then make a trip to Hohenzollern Bridge, then admire the striking features of Kolner Dom, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Strausberg to Cologne with the Route module. In November, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Kolner Dom ©
Kolner Dom
Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then stroll around Vondelpark, and then get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam route site .

Getting from Cologne to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. November in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
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 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally don't miss a visit to Oude Griffie.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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nights
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
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.
On the 24th (Sun), snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei, step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, then look for gifts at Dille and Kamille, and finally make a trip to Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle). Keep things going the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ghent trip itinerary app .

Ghent is very close to Bruges. In November, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

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night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Atomium, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brussels sightseeing site .

You can take a train from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in November, and nighttime lows around 38°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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