12 days in Germany, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Schwerin, Germany
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Lubeck, Germany
— 2 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
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Bremen, Germany
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Groningen, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Ghent, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then admire the striking features of Reichstag Building, and finally contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin travel planning app.

Omaha, USA to Berlin is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Omaha to Berlin due to the time zone difference. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Schwerin.
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Schwerin, Germany

Schwerin is the capital and second-largest city of the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Das Arsenal am Pfaffenteich.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Schwerin trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Berlin to Schwerin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in November, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lubeck.
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Lubeck, Germany — 2 nights

City of Seven Spires

Lubeck is the only northern German city with a largely intact medieval old town comparable to sites farther south.
To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lubeck travel route website.

You can drive from Schwerin to Lubeck in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Lubeck are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. You will leave for Hamburg on the 18th (Fri).
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Hamburg, Germany

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hamburg Town Hall.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hamburg holiday builder website.

You can drive from Lubeck to Hamburg in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in November, and nighttime lows around 38°F. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bremen.
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Bremen, Germany

Short-Way City

A rather long and narrow city spread along both sides of the Weser River, Bremen has more than a thousand years of history.
On the 18th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Bremer Geschichtenhaus.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bremen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hamburg to Bremen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Bremen are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Groningen.
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Groningen, The Netherlands — 1 night

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Groningen trip planner.

You can drive from Bremen to Groningen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in November, and nighttime lows around 38°F. You'll set off for Amsterdam on the 19th (Sat).
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 1 night

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 19th (Sat), see the interesting displays at De Nieuwe Kerk and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

You can drive from Groningen to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to The Hague.
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The Hague, The Netherlands

Judicial Capital of the World

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.
On the 20th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria van Jessekerk.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read The Hague online vacation planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to The Hague in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in The Hague sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ghent.
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Ghent, Belgium — 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally explore the activities along Minnewater Lake. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, then see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then don't miss a visit to The Markt, and finally admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ghent driving holiday planning website.

Getting from The Hague to Ghent by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in November, and nighttime lows around 41°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and finally steep yourself in history at Maison d'Erasme.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Ghent to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Brussels, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
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.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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Belgium travel guide

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A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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