19 days in Holland, Bruges & Brussels Itinerary

19 days in Holland, Bruges & Brussels Itinerary

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19 days in Holland, Bruges & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Haarlem, Holland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Nijmegen, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rotterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
5
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
7
The Hague, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Leidseplein and De Negen Straatjesfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, see the top attractions with Flying Dutch Boats, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ouderkerkerplas.

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Toronto, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Amsterdam, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Amsterdam is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Haarlem.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Ouderkerkerplas
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

3
nights
Haarlem, Holland

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stop by The Blue Tulip, pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, then revel in the low prices at Delft Pottery De Delftse Pauw, and finally kick back and relax at Scheveningen beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Melgers Wijn en Dranken, explore the world behind art at Frans Hals Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zandvoort aan Zee.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Haarlem trip planner .

Haarlem is very close to Amsterdam. In December, daily temperatures in Haarlem can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nijmegen.

Things to do in Haarlem

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Delft, Scheveningen Beach, Zandvoort aan Zee
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Zandvoort aan Zee ©
Zandvoort aan Zee
Frans Hals Museum ©
Frans Hals Museum
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt

2
nights
Nijmegen, Holland

Nijmegen ©
Nijmegen, historically anglicized as Nimeguen, is a municipality and a city in the Dutch province of Gelderland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Kasteel Doorwerth. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Airborne Cemetery, then meet the residents at Burgers' Zoo and Safaripark, and then see the interesting displays at Kroller-Muller Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nijmegen trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Haarlem to Nijmegen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Nijmegen

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Kasteel Doorwerth, Camel Dairy Smits, Airborne Cemetery, St. John's Cathedral, Burgers' Zoo and Safaripark
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St. John's Cathedral ©
St. John's Cathedral
Kroller-Muller Museum ©
Kroller-Muller Museum
Airborne Cemetery ©
Airborne Cemetery

2
nights
Rotterdam, Holland

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for gifts at Milo Design Gifts and then look for gifts at Cheese and More Delft. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, then look for gifts at The Dutch Souvenir Cafe, then hunt for treasures at Haagse Markt, and finally find something for the whole family at Madurodam.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rotterdam trip maker .

You can drive from Nijmegen to Rotterdam in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, Delft
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Madurodam ©
Madurodam
Zandmotor ©
Zandmotor

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nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
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 1st (Tue): make a trip to The Markt, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally look for gifts at The Chocolate Line Bruges. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then contemplate the long history of Beguinage (Begijnhof), and finally sample the tasty concoctions at De Halve Maan Brewery.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bruges visit planning website .

Drive from Rotterdam to Bruges in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Bruges, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Atomium, take a stroll through Place St. Gery, then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and then steep yourself in history at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to The Hague.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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The Hague, Holland

The Hague ©
Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): wander the streets of Agnetapark. On the next day, stop by Stanley & Livingstone, then examine the collection at Museum Beelden aan Zee, then trek along Landgoed Clingendael, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria van Jessekerk.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our The Hague online trip builder .

You can take a train from Brussels to The Hague in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in The Hague

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Delft
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Museum Meermanno ©
Museum Meermanno
museum Beelden aan Zee ©
museum Beelden aan Zee

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