9 days in Denmark, Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

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


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 24th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, and finally look for gifts at Magasin du Nord. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Nyhavn, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, then wander the streets of Stroeget, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn.

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New York City, USA to Copenhagen is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Copenhagen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in December, you will find days in Copenhagen are a bit cooler (43°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Amsterdam.
Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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 26th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, explore the world behind art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, then examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and finally walk around Vondelpark.

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Getting from Copenhagen to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brussels.
Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
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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 28th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then browse the exhibits of Atomium, then explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

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Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bruges.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. On your second day here, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, make a trip to The Markt, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and finally admire the striking features of Stadhuis.

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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. December in Bruges sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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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.

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.