9 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

9 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

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9 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Trier, Germany
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

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 25th (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Red Light District, then get your game on at Museumphoto, and then explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht).

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam travel tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Amsterdam is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Amsterdam to be cooler, temps between 47°F and 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Nature
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Heineken Experience ©
Heineken Experience
Red Light District ©
Red Light District

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, then make a trip to The Markt, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
The Markt ©
The Markt

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cantillon Brewery, and finally examine the collection at Atomium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe and then make a trip to Place St. Gery.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brussels travel planning app .

Traveling by train from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Brussels

Theme Parks Breweries & Distilleries Neighborhoods
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Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Cantillon Brewery ©
Cantillon Brewery
Place St. Gery ©
Place St. Gery

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 31st (Tue): snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, then wander the streets of Historic Old Town, and then don't miss a visit to Cologne Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Brussels to Cologne by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cologne are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Cologne

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Historic Old Town ©
Historic Old Town
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Hohenzollern Bridge ©
Hohenzollern Bridge

1
night
Trier, Germany

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
On the 1st (Wed), admire the sheer force of Saarburg Waterfall, see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), and finally learn about winemaking at Weinstube Kesselstatt.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Trier journey planning site .

Drive from Cologne to Trier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Cologne, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Trier, ranging from highs of 41°F to lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Trier

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trip

Saarburg Waterfall
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Weinstube Kesselstatt ©
Weinstube Kesselstatt
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)

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