15 days in Luxembourg, Cologne & Belgium Itinerary

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 2 nights
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive to Brussels Airport, Fly to Maputo


Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — 2 nights

Gibraltar of the North

Venture out of the city with trips to Vianden Castle (in Vianden), Mullerthal Trail (in Mullerthal) and MNHM National Museum of Military History (in Diekirch). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at 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 Grand Ducal Palace.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Luxembourg City trip builder site.

Maputo, Mozambique to Luxembourg City is an approximately 180-hour car ride. 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.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Cologne, Germany — 2 nights

City of Churches

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.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, 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 go by car to Brussels.
Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites
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Brussels, Belgium — 4 nights

Capital of Europe

Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Grand Place, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels route tool.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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 drive to Bruges.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours
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Bruges, Belgium — 5 nights

Venice of the North

Venture out of the city with trips to Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)) and Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Gravensteen, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bruges are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
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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.

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.