8 days in Germany, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

8 days in Germany, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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8 days in Germany, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Bus + Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Dresden, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h 15 min
End: New York City, United States

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night
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.
On the 29th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, take in the exciting artwork at Klassenfeind Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Berliner Dom.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary planning site .

New York City, USA to Berlin is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

1
night
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 1st (Wed), make a trip to The Dresden Zwinger, then make a trip to Frauenkirche Dresden, and then see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dresden travel site .

Getting from Berlin to Dresden by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Dresden are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums
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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
Neues Grünes Gewölbe ©
Neues Grünes Gewölbe

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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 2nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Zandvoort aan Zee, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam travel route planner.

Getting from Dresden to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

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Zandvoort aan Zee
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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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 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Atomium, then explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and finally contemplate the long history of Grand Place. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), don't miss a visit to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta).

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brussels planning site .

Getting from Amsterdam to Brussels by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

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

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