15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 7 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Echternach, Luxembourg
— 1 day


Brussels, Belgium — 7 nights

Capital of Europe

Venture out of the city with trips to Antwerpen-Centraal (in Antwerp) and Pairi Daiza (in Brugelette). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, examine the collection at Atomium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Brussels tour itinerary builder app.

Maputo, Mozambique to Brussels is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Maputo in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Bruges.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights

Venice of the North

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Ghent City Center, Gravensteen, &more) and Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bruges trip maker tool.

Drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Amsterdam.
Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, then stroll around Vondelpark, and finally admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, examine the collection at Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.
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Cologne, Germany — 1 night

City of Churches

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cologne trip website.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August in Cologne, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll set off for Echternach on the 12th (Mon).
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Echternach, Luxembourg — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): trek along Mullerthal Trail, don't miss a visit to Abbey of Echternach, and then brush up on your military savvy at MNHM National Museum of Military History.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Echternach travel planner.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Echternach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Echternach are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
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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.

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.