12 days in France, Belgium & Muenster Itinerary
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Mon, Dec 26 - Fri, Jan 6
Muenster, Germany — 1 day
Though relatively small and often overlooked by tourists, Muenster offers an interesting combination of a hip social scene and visible medieval history.Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Aasee, get to know the resident critters at Allwetterzoo Munster, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Lambert's Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom).
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Muenster online trip itinerary builder.
If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Düsseldorf Airport, Münster Osnabrück Airport, Dortmund Airport and Paderborn Lippstadt Airport. December in Muenster sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights
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 27th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, examine the collection at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, and finally examine the collection at Atomium.
To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Brussels trip builder app.
Drive from Muenster to Brussels in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.
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Antwerp, Belgium — 2 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, pause for some photo ops at Brabo's Monument, make a trip to Grote Markt, then see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, then make a trip to St. Anna's Tunnel / Pedestrians' Tunnel, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, meet the residents at ZOO Antwerpen (Dierentuin), then admire the masterpieces at Museum Plantin-Moretus, and finally steep yourself in history at Town Hall (Stadhuis).
Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Antwerp trip simple and quick.
You can drive from Brussels to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.On the 30th (Fri), don't miss a visit to The Markt, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and finally examine the collection at Historium Brugge.
To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges visit site.
Drive from Antwerp to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Bruges sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Lille.
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Lille, France — 2 nights
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.On the 1st (Sun), brush up on your military savvy at Carriere Wellington, then examine the collection at Musée du Louvre-Lens, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Gery. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Vieux-Lille, get to know the fascinating history of Place aux Oignons, make a trip to Grande Place, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale de la Treille, and finally explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille.
To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Lille driving holiday tool.
Getting from Bruges to Lille by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Lille are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nancy.
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Nancy, France — 1 night
Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to La Porte de la Craffe, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Museum-Aquarium de Nancy, and finally make a trip to Place Stanislas.
For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nancy trip itinerary planner.
Take a train from Lille to Nancy in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in January, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 1 night
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.On the 4th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, do a tasting at Gaec Engel Frederic et Fils, don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty, then make a trip to Old Town, and finally explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden.
For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colmar online day trip planner.
Getting from Nancy to Colmar by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 1 night
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.On the 5th (Thu), stop by La Petite France, admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Strasbourg, admire the striking features of Place Kleber, get a sense of history and politics at European Parliament Strasbourg, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger. On your second day here, look for gifts at Coutellerie Laguiole, then examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, and then don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.
To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Strasbourg visit planner.
Traveling by car from Colmar to Strasbourg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F.
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Belgium travel guide
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.
France travel guide
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.
You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.
Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.