18 days in Brussels, Cologne & Amsterdam Itinerary

18 days in Brussels, Cologne & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 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 some historical perspective at Grand Place and Gravensteen. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Bruges (Minnewater Lake, The Markt, &more) and Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, don't miss a visit to Atomium, and examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM).

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip itinerary maker site.

Edmonton, Canada to Brussels is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Brussels is 8 hours. In August, daytime highs in Brussels are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°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): contemplate the waterfront views at Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg, don't miss a visit to Konigsallee, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Bonner Munster, then take in the awesome beauty at Drachenfels, and finally make a trip to Hohenzollern Bridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

7
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Zandvoort aan Zee and RIB Actie Scheveningen. Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) will appeal to history buffs. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum & Grote Markt). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through Cornelis Schuytstraat, get a new perspective on things with Sloepdelen Boat Rental, and contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht).

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can 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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