15 days in Luxembourg, Cologne & Belgium Itinerary

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

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 National Museum of Military History (in Diekirch) and Vianden Castle (in Vianden). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Casemates du Bock, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Chemin de la Corniche, and contemplate the long history of Grand Ducal Palace.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Luxembourg City trip itinerary planner.

Maputo, Mozambique to Luxembourg City is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Maputo to Luxembourg City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Luxembourg City are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Cologne.
Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Cologne, Germany — 2 nights

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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at 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

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 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 steep yourself in history at 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

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: Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)) and Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Gravensteen, &more). 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 indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

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You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; 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.
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

Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · 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.