12 days in Belgium Itinerary

12 days in Belgium Itinerary

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12 days in Belgium Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Mechelen
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Antwerp
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Bruges
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Ghent
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Brussels
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Ahmedabad

2
nights
Mechelen

Mechelen ©
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Town Hall (Stadhuis) and then sample the tasty concoctions at Duvel Moortgat Brewery. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ijzerenleen, sample the tasty concoctions at Brouwerij Het Anker, then examine the collection at Kazerne Dossin, then examine the collection at Fort Breendonk, and finally don't miss a visit to Dijlepad.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mechelen itinerary builder.

Ahmedabad, India to Mechelen is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Mechelen. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Ahmedabad in July, with highs in Mechelen at 27°C and lows at 17°C. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Antwerp.

Things to do in Mechelen

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Willebroek, Town Hall (Stadhuis), Duvel Moortgat Brewery
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Town Hall (Stadhuis) ©
Town Hall (Stadhuis)
Fort Breendonk ©
Fort Breendonk
Kazerne Dossin ©
Kazerne Dossin

2
nights
Antwerp

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady and then wander the streets of Meir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Central Station, stop by GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds, take a stroll through Zuid (the South), examine the collection at Red Star Line Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museum aan de Stroom, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt van Antwerpen.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Antwerp sightseeing planner.

Antwerp is just a short distance from Mechelen. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady

2
nights
Bruges

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): make a trip to The Markt, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Holy Blood, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, admire the masterpieces at Groeninge Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, don't miss a visit to Burg Square, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then contemplate the long history of Beguinage (Begijnhof), and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bruges sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

2
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Ghent

Ghent ©
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): wander the streets of Patershol, examine the collection at The House of Alijn, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal), then admire the striking features of Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Nicholas Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Gravensteen Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei, explore the world behind art at Design museum Gent, examine the collection at STAM Ghent City Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of St Michael's Bridge, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at DOK City Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ghent travel itinerary planner.

Ghent is just a stone's throw from Bruges. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

1
night
Brussels

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.
On the 9th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then see the interesting displays at Manneken Pis, and finally wander the streets of Place St. Gery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): enjoy some music at La Monnaie, engage your brain at Atomium, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brasserie Cantillon, then make a trip to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brussels itinerary planner.

Getting from Ghent to Brussels by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In August in Brussels, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium