14 days in The Netherlands, Germany & Belgium Itinerary

14 days in The Netherlands, Germany & Belgium Itinerary

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14 days in The Netherlands, Germany & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Baden-Baden, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  9 h 15 min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
The Hague, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, and then stroll through Vondelpark. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House and then pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam itinerary builder.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Amsterdam is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. In May, Amsterdam is much colder than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, see the interesting displays at Cologne Chocolate Museum, then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, and finally admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip builder.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Cologne are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
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Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

4
nights
Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden ©
Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Heidelberg (Altstadt (Old Town) & Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg)), Freiburg im Breisgau (Munsterplatz & Freiburger Münster) and Europa-Park (in Rust). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum Frieder Burda, try to win big at Casino Baden-Baden, don't miss a visit to MerkurBergbahn, and stroll through Lichtentaler Allee.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Baden-Baden itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cologne to Baden-Baden in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Baden-Baden can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Theme Parks Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Heidelberg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Europa-Park
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Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda
Lichtentaler Allee ©
Lichtentaler Allee

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Holy Blood, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bruges travel planner.

Drive from Baden-Baden to Bruges in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Baden-Baden in May, expect nights in Bruges to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for The Hague.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Markt ©
The Markt
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

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The Hague, The Netherlands

The Hague ©
Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Church and then explore the galleries of Madurodam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to centraal station rotterdam, then admire the masterpieces at Mauritshuis, then examine the collection at Escher in Het Paleis, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Binnenhof.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read The Hague sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to The Hague takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in The Hague sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nieuwe Kerk, Rotterdam Centraal Station
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Madurodam ©
Madurodam

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