5 days in Belgium Itinerary

5 days in Belgium Itinerary

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5 days in Belgium Itinerary

Start: Metz
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Brussels
— 1 day
Train:  45​min
2
Ghent
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
3
Bruges
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Antwerp
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Lille

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day
Brussels

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, examine the collection at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat), then see the interesting displays at Atomium, and finally find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels trip planner.

Metz, France to Brussels is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Atomium ©
Atomium

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Ghent

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, get engrossed in the history at Museum for the History of Sciences, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and finally browse the exhibits of Gravensteen.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ghent day trip planning website .

Take a train from Brussels to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Museum for the History of Sciences ©
Museum for the History of Sciences
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral

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Bruges

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 24th (Tue): examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, make a trip to The Markt, make a trip to Oude Griffie, admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bruges road trip website .

Bruges is just a short distance from Ghent. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Markt ©
The Markt
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum ©
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum

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Antwerp

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin) and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Antwerp road trip site .

Getting from Bruges to Antwerp by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December in Antwerp, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Antwerp

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin) ©
Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin)
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady

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