15 days in Luxembourg, Cologne & Belgium Itinerary

15 days in Luxembourg, Cologne & Belgium Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Maputo, Mozambique
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Maputo, Mozambique

2
nights
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mullerthal Trail (in Mullerthal), MNHM Musee National d'Histoire Militaire (in Diekirch) and Vianden Castle (in Vianden). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), steep yourself in history at Casemates du Bock, get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, and step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal).

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Luxembourg City trip builder site.

Maputo, Mozambique to Luxembourg City is an approximately 22- hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Luxembourg City can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Parc Merveilleux, Mullerthal Trail, MNHM Musee National d'Histoire Militaire, Vianden Castle
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Vianden Castle ©
Vianden Castle
Mullerthal Trail ©
Mullerthal Trail
Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame) ©

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Playpaintball Jungle and then explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Cologne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Playpaintball Jungle
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Playpaintball Jungle ©
Playpaintball Jungle
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

4
nights
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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Grand Place, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, and admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels route tool.

Traveling by train from Cologne to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Brussels, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

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

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Gravensteen, &more) and Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake.

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You can take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bruges are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ghent, Menin Gate Memorial
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

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