12 days in Belgium Itinerary

12 days in Belgium Itinerary

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Mechelen
— 2 nights
2
Antwerp
— 2 nights
3
Bruges
— 2 nights
4
Ghent
— 2 nights
5
Brussels
— 1 night

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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 indulge your thirst for a good beer at Duvel Moortgat Brewery. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ijzerenleen, sample the tasty concoctions at Brouwerij Het Anker, examine the collection at Kazerne Dossin, then get engrossed in the history at Fort Breendonk, and finally make a trip to Dijlepad.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mechelen road trip app.

Ahmedabad, India to Mechelen is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Mechelen. When traveling from Ahmedabad in July, plan for slightly colder days in Mechelen, with highs around 29°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Antwerp.

Things to do in Mechelen

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Fort Breendonk, Distillery De Molenberg, Duvel Moortgat Brewery, Town Hall (Stadhuis)
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Town Hall (Stadhuis) ©
Town Hall (Stadhuis)
Fort Breendonk ©
Fort Breendonk
Kazerne Dossin ©
Kazerne Dossin

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady and then take a stroll through Meir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, stop by GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds, wander the streets of Zuid (the South), then see the interesting displays at Red Star Line Museum, then examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Antwerp trip builder tool.

Drive from Mechelen to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can 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
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)

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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): don't miss a visit to The Markt, steep yourself in history at Basilica of the Holy Blood, admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, make a trip to Burg Square, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, and finally explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Bruges trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Antwerp to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bruges are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

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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): take a stroll through Patershol, examine the collection at The House of Alijn, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history 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 explore the venue of DOK.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ghent online route maker.

Traveling by train from Bruges to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Ghent are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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

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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), examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally take a stroll through Place St. Gery. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience the emotional art of opera at La Monnaie, see the interesting displays at Atomium, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cantillon Brewery, then browse the different shops at 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).

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels journey planner.

You can drive from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Brussels, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°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 · Neighborhoods
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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