9 days in Bavaria, Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

9 days in Bavaria, Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night


Munich, Germany — 2 nights

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
On the 9th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and then contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, steep yourself in history at Asamkirche, then examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and finally get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip website.

New York City, USA to Munich is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Munich at 57°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to Amsterdam.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, explore the world behind art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally stroll around Vondelpark.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Munich in October since evenings lows in Amsterdam dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Brussels.
Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 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: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping
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Bruges, Belgium — 1 night

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 16th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges online route builder.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
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Bavaria travel guide

Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles
Bavaria is the country's largest, and one of Europe's oldest continuously existing states. It was established as a duchy in 907. Situated in the southeastern corner of the country, Bavaria is probably what most non-Germans have in mind when they imagine a vacation in Germany. Ironically, much of this region is culturally more like the neighboring Austria and Switzerland. There's much more to Bavaria than just the stereotypical leather trousers (lederhosen), sausages, and beer festivals. This region is one of the country's most popular destinations for tourism and is full of places to visit. It's rich in medieval cities, dense forests, towering mountains, sparkling lakes, picturesque castles, and thriving villages. Bavarians are regarded as the proudest of all Germans. They're loyal to their regional roots and traditions. To soak up the particular local culture of the rural areas, explore the countryside's picture-perfect villages on foot or by bicycle.

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.