8 days in Belgium, Germany & Paris Itinerary

8 days in Belgium, Germany & Paris Itinerary

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8 days in Belgium, Germany & Paris Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 day
train:  1​h
2
Mons, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Bruggen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
End: Brussels, Belgium


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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Brussels trip maker tool .

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major airports are Brussels Airport, Antwerp International Airport (Deurne), Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Liège Airport. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Mons.

Things to do in Brussels

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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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Mons, Belgium

Mons ©
Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll the grounds of St Symphorien Military Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Mons Memorial Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Francois Duesberg Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Collegiale Sainte-Waudru.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mons vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Brussels to Mons in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Bruggen.

Things to do in Mons

Museums Historic Sites
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Francois Duesberg Museum ©
Francois Duesberg Museum
St Symphorien Military Cemetery ©
St Symphorien Military Cemetery
Mons Memorial Museum ©
Mons Memorial Museum

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Bruggen, Germany

Bruggen ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Natur und Tierpark Bruggen.

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Drive from Mons to Bruggen in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Bruggen

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Natur und Tierpark Bruggen ©
Natur und Tierpark Bruggen

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Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Rheinstrand, admire the striking features of Neuer Zollhof, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche St Cacilia Benrath, then get to know the fascinating history of Rheinuferpromenade, and finally see the interesting displays at Mahn- und Gedenkstatte.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dusseldorf trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bruggen to Dusseldorf takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Dusseldorf can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Historic Sites Museums
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Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade
Rheinstrand ©
Rheinstrand
Neuer Zollhof ©
Neuer Zollhof

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Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin trip planning tool .

You can fly from Dusseldorf to Berlin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, explore the activities along English Garden, and then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Munich tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Munich sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
English Garden ©
English Garden

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Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 3rd (Fri), take a stroll through Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the striking features of Louvre Museum. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Munich in January, expect Paris to be a bit warmer, temps between 8°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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