9 days in Denmark, Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

9 days in Denmark, Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

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

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, then step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, and finally stop by Magasin du Nord. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, then make a trip to Stroeget, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen travel route planner.

New York City, USA to Copenhagen is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Copenhagen, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Copenhagen is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 55°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly to Amsterdam.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally stroll around Vondelpark.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Getting from Copenhagen to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brussels.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 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.
On the 13th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), examine the collection at Atomium, then see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then admire the masterpieces at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels route 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 15th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, 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. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then make a trip to The Markt, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Denmark travel guide

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Piers & Boardwalks · Gardens · Monuments
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.
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Belgium travel guide

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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.
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