13 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

13 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Drive:  4 h 15 min
1
Terschelling, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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night
Terschelling, The Netherlands

Terschelling ©
One of the Frisian Islands, Terschelling contains a large nature reserve and lives off its tourist appeal.
On the 4th (Thu), stroll through Groene strand, see the interesting displays at Landbouwmuseum en Kinderboerderij 't Hooivak, and then explore the striking landscape of Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint Janskerk Hoorn Terschelling, see the interesting displays at Wrakkenmuseum, then deepen your understanding at Bunkers Terschelling, then explore the engaging exhibits at Museum 't Behouden Huys, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Vuurtoren Brandaris.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Terschelling travel route planning app.

Amsterdam to Terschelling is an approximately 4- hour car ride. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Amsterdam in April: highs in Terschelling hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Terschelling

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Groene strand ©
Groene strand
Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat ©
Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat
Bunkers Terschelling ©
Bunkers Terschelling

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Noordhollands Duinreservaat and then enjoy the sand and surf at het strand van Bergen aan Zee. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Tafelbergheide and then kick back and relax at Strand Egmond aan Zee.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Terschelling to Amsterdam takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bergen aan Zee, Strand Egmond aan Zee, Tafelbergheide
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het strand van Bergen aan Zee ©
het strand van Bergen aan Zee
Strand Egmond aan Zee ©
Strand Egmond aan Zee
Tafelbergheide ©
Tafelbergheide

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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.
Visiting De Panne Beach and Bruges Art Route will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Belfry of Bruges and Maria Hendrikapark. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, identify plant and animal life at Provincial Domain Bulskampveld, see the interesting displays at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, and make a trip to The Markt.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip builder.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

De Panne Beach, Provincial Domain Bulskampveld, Maria Hendrikapark
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Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

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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 11th (Thu): tee off at Golf de Rigenee, then take a peaceful walk through Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', and then look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), sample the tasty concoctions at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and finally sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Brussels vacation site.

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Brussels are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Schiermonnikoog.

Things to do in Brussels

Golf Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Golf de Rigenee, De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’'
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Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’' ©
Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’'
Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) ©
Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)
Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon ©
Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon

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Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands

Schiermonnikoog ©
Schiermonnikoog is an island, a municipality, and a national park in the northern Netherlands. On the 13th (Sat), examine the collection at Shellmuseum, then view the masterpieces at Hijrre Pottenbakkerij, then enjoy the sea views from Noordertoren, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Oosterstrand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Vredenhof, steep yourself in history at Bunker Wassermann, then stroll through Het Bouwe Hoekstrapad, and finally step off the mainland to explore Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Schiermonnikoog trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Brussels to Schiermonnikoog with the Route module. When traveling from Brussels in April, plan for little chillier days in Schiermonnikoog, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Schiermonnikoog

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Oosterstrand ©
Oosterstrand
Bunker Wassermann ©
Bunker Wassermann
Noordertoren
Noordertoren

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