9 days in Belgium, The Netherlands & Denmark Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights


Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

Venice of the North

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 9th (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Markt, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of In Flanders Fields Museum, appreciate the history behind Menin Gate Memorial, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

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New York City, USA to Bruges is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Bruges due to the time zone difference. In October, Bruges is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 60°F and lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Brussels.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 11th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Atomium, meet the residents at Pairi Daiza, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Place. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then admire the masterpieces at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, and finally ponder the world of politics at Town Hall (Stadhuis).

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Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.
Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, then stroll around Vondelpark, then make a trip to Museum Quarter, and finally explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

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Drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Copenhagen.
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Copenhagen, Denmark — 2 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Copenhagen City Hall, get a sense of history and politics at Christiansborg Slot, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), then take a stroll through Nyhavn, and finally steep yourself in history at Our Saviour's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn, step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, then pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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You can fly from Amsterdam to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
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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.

The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Denmark travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Gardens · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.