12 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights


Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague), museum Beelden aan Zee (in Scheveningen) and Markt (in Delft). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, examine the collection at De Nieuwe Kerk, walk around Vondelpark, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam holiday planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Brussels.
Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

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 6th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, then find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, don't miss a visit to Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then get a taste of the local shopping with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Brussels by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. August in Brussels sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 2 nights


A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 8th (Tue), admire the striking features of Romer, take some stellar pictures from Main Tower, admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Johanniskirche, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Fountain of Justice, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), then take in the views from Iron Bridge, then explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Goethe House.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Frankfurt in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. While traveling from Brussels, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Frankfurt, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, and contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Frankfurt to Berlin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Germany travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.