Benelux, the name for Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg is an amazing place. It's full of history, scenery, and lots of fun. This is a 20 day itinerary exploring the very best of Benelux.
I'll start with super basic itinerary, then list the best things to do, and then some hotels. I'll also tell you about the places in the itinerary, in case you didn't know.
Note: If you don't have enough time (most people don't have a whole 20 days for vacation, break this itinerary down into your favorite parts, maybe just choosing a particular country.)
Day 1- Arrive in Amsterdam, and explore
Day 2- Amsterdam
Day 3- Amsterdam
Day 4- Morning and lunch in Amsterdam, then take a 40 minute train to Leiden, and spend the day there
Day 5- Leiden
Day 6- Go to the Hague (it's super close by, so transportation shouldn't be difficult)
Day 7- The Hague (and if you have time, you can take a quick pop by Rotterdam)
Day 8- Take a train or a bus to Antwerp, Belgium in the morning, then explore
Day 9- Antwerp
Day 10- Take a train from Antwerp to Bruges, one of the most famous towns in Belgium
Day 11- Bruges
Day 12- Bruges
Day 13- Take a train to Ghent and explore
Day 14- Ghent
Day 15- Train to Brussels and explore
Day 16- Brussels
Day 17- Brussels
Day 18- Train to Luxembourg and explore
Day 19- Luxembourg City
Day 20- Luxembourg City, take a flight back.
City Search: Amsterdam, Leiden, The Hague, Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, and Luxembourg City.
Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands, and is home to 827,000 people, as well as incredible history, food, and architecture.
An art museum that houses many famous works of European art.
The House of the world famous Anne Frank, a girl during World War II who kept a diary of her experiences.
This museum has the largest collection of Van Gogh pieces in the world.
The Vondelpark is a gigantic park with an open air cinema.
A Dutch 17th century house
The name speaks for itself, honestly.
One of the most fun things to do in Amsterdam, NEMO is a waterfont science museum.
A famous museum of contemporary art.
The Alfred Hotel- An amazing value-for-money hotel with a beautiful exterior and in an amazing location.
Hotel Estherea- 4 star, but affordable hotel with amazing, classic decorations and in a super central area.
Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Spa- A Hilton hotel with an awesome location and beautiful rooms. The area is awesome as well; this is a great luxury pick.
Leiden is known for its old architecture and for Leiden University, which is the country's oldest. It is definitely overlooked by most people, but it is truly a gem, and you can't miss out on it.
A botanical garden complete with a cafe, definitely a must see.
A museum containing Greek, Egyptian, and Roman relics.
Historic museum of cultures across the world.
Fun natural history center
A park with remains of a medieval castle.
The Flying Pig Beach Hostel Noorwdjik- This hostel is actually in a nearby beach town. It's rooms are whimsically decorated and it's right on the beach.
Rembrandt Hotel Leiden- This hotel's location is amazing, it's literally in the exact center of Leiden. The rooms are tastefully decorated with and everything is super clean.
Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin- This large hotel is in the same town, Noorwdjik, as the budget hotel, and it's also right on the beach. The rooms are nicely decorated, but if you have a beach view room, the views are amazing.
The Hague is a major city in the Netherlands, the capital of South Holland. It is home to the Dutch Seat of Parliament and the U.N.'s International Court of Justice. The overall city is very beautiful, and definitely a must-visit.
A large park with models of Dutch cities
The place where you can go one tours of the waterfront Dutch Parliament
Collection of Golden Age Dutch paintings
An amusement park
A waterfront area with lots of food and activities
Modern art museum
360 degree works of art
An old palace with graphic art
StayOkay The Hague- This hostel has free breakfast and clean, comfortable rooms. I would really recommend this.
Hotel Indigo The Hague Palace Noordeinde- An affordable, clean hotel in the center of The Hague.
To be honest there are really that many.
Antwerp is known as the diamond capital, and diamonds are (and have always been) an important role of the economy of the city. In Antwerp, you can buy diamonds cheaper than anywhere else, because they have so many. But, as always, watch out for scammers.
Modern museum showing the city's history
Iconic 1300's structure with famous art by Rubens
Animal park since 1843
Renaissance structure with tours.
YUST- A modern hotel with proper amenities and in the center of Antwerp.
Park Inn by Radisson Antwerp Berchem- Affordable hotel with a restaurant and clean, decorated rooms. Highly recommend.
Hilton Antwerp Old Town- Fancy hotel with beautiful rooms and lots of special amenities.
Bruges, one of the most famous cities in Belgium and probably the most famous tourist destination, is also called Venice of the North, because of all of its canals and bridges. It is very beautiful, and also super historical as well.
A famous plaza with lots of places to eat
A church with Michelangelo Art
An old bell tower in the main square
Church and pilgrimage area with a famous relic.
A chocolate museum with a shop.
A city hall from the 1300's that also has a museum
Charlie Rockets- A nice, casual hotel with a restaurant.
The Black Swan Hotel- Very nice, welcoming exterior with cozy rooms.
Hotel Heritage- A famous, fancily decorated hotel in Bruges with lots of amenities.
Ghent, famous for its markets and squares is a very classic place to visit. It has so much to do, with its medieval monasteries and pretty streets.
A 1100's castle with a moat surrounding it
14th century watch tower
Gothic church with artistic interior
Historic square with famous buildings
10th century cathedral
An amazingly decoated art museum.
KABA Hostel- This hostel has nice cozy rooms, great breakfast, and is in a great location.
Charme Hotel Hancelot- A hotel with amazingly decorated rooms on the edge of Ghent.
Ghent Marriott Hotel- Top-rated hotel in the center of Ghent with river views, pretty rooms, dining, and breakfast.
Brussels is the capital of Belgium, and though it is a very popular tourist destination, it is sometimes overlooked. It is full of unique art and architecture.
The main market square of Brussels
An iconic 17th century statue
A well known, huge sculpture depicting an atom
speaks for itself
A large city park with military museums.
A mini park with famous European attractions (Like the Eiffel Tower and the Big Ben)
A fancy market place known for its glass ceiling.
Menininger Hotel Bruxelles City Center- A nice, popular hotel with clean rooms in the center of Brussels.
Warwick Brussels- Nice, comfortable hotel with a fancy restaurant.
Hotel Amigo- Top rated, 5 star hotel with a spa and a nice restaurant.
Luxembourg City is the capital of Luxembourg and known as Europe's most powerful investment management center. The country itself is very beautiful, but it's so small, there isn't much else to say. Luxembourg is also the world's 2nd wealthiest country.
Cathedral built in the 17th century
The palace of Grand Duke
Iconic stone bridge from the 1900's
Outdoor sculptures and modern art
War memorial with a golden statue on top
Old fort with museums
Llarge medieval square
Hotel Bistrol- A clean 2 star hotel in a nice location a 10 minute walk from the city center.
Grand Hotel Cravat- Affordable, comfortable in Luxembourg City. It has dining and breakfast.
Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grande Ducal- A fancy hotel in Luxembourg City that's top rated and has amazing dining and breakfast.
To wrap my travel tip up, we explored many amazing cities and places in the itinerary, from all over Benelux.
Hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading!