18 days in Brussels, Cologne & Amsterdam Itinerary

18 days in Brussels, Cologne & Amsterdam Itinerary

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18 days in Brussels, Cologne & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly + train:  19​h 30​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
2
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Edmonton, Canada

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum. Visit Grand Place and Basilica of the Holy Blood for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Ghent (St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal), Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), & more) and Bruges (Minnewater Lake, The Markt, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum, and get curious at Atomium.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Brussels itinerary planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Brussels is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Edmonton to Brussels, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Brussels are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bruges, Ghent
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the activities along Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg, take a stroll through Konigsallee, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Bonner Münster, then take in the awesome beauty at Drachenfels, and finally take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cologne vacation trip planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Cologne, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bonner Munster, Konigsallee, Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg, Drachenfels
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Drachenfels ©
Drachenfels
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
The Jordaan and Anne Frank House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Zandvoort aan Zee and RIB Actie Scheveningen. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum & Grote Markt). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, steep yourself in history at Rembrandt House Museum, choose your vessel at Sloepdelen Boat Rental, and take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Amsterdam holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Haarlem, Zandvoort aan Zee, RIB Actie Scheveningen
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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