49 days in Germany, Belgium & France Itinerary

49 days in Germany, Belgium & France Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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Cochem, Germany
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Cologne, Germany
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Bruges, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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Waterloo, Belgium
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Bouillon, Belgium
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Nancy, France
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Strasbourg, France
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Colmar, France
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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Offenburg, Germany
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Baden-Baden, Germany
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Geisenheim, Germany
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Aschaffenburg, Germany
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Hanau, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany — 1 night

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Russian Orthodox Church, take an in-depth tour of Historisches Museum Frankfurt, make a trip to Roemerberg, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), then admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden, and finally go for a walk through Mainkai.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Frankfurt online journey planner.

Manama, Bahrain to Frankfurt is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Manama to Frankfurt. In June, Frankfurt is much colder than Manama - with highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Wiesbaden.
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Wiesbaden, Germany — 2 nights

One of Europe's oldest spa towns, Wiesbaden has been catering to travelers from countries near and far for many centuries.
On the 7th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Museum Wiesbaden, don't miss a visit to Marktkirche, and then admire the striking features of Wiesbaden City Palace. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Burg Eppstein, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baha'i House of Worship, then make a trip to Altstadt, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Luisenplatz.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Wiesbaden online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Frankfurt to Wiesbaden in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Wiesbaden are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Cochem.
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Cochem, Germany — 4 nights

Nestled away within the rolling hills of the Moselle River Valley, Cochem possesses an archetypical German appearance and medieval charm that provides one of the best atmospheres in the country.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Burgruine Winneburg and Walter J. Oster, Felsenkeller zu Cochem. Escape the urban bustle at Mosel Radweg and Abenteuer & Aktivurlaub. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Weingut Walter J. Oster, don't miss a visit to Moselland Museum, hike along Erlebnisweg Tal der Wilden Endert, and see the interesting displays at Edelstein Museum.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cochem online itinerary planner.

Drive from Wiesbaden to Cochem in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Wiesbaden in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Cochem, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cologne.
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Cologne, Germany — 2 nights

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Explore hidden gems such as Saint Gereon's Basilica and Museum Schnutgen. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melaten-Friedhof and St. Ursula. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen, stop by Fish Market, delve into the distant past at Praetorium, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alt St. Alban.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cologne trip planning tool.

You can drive from Cochem to Cologne in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. While traveling from Cochem, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cologne, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Antwerp.
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Antwerp, Belgium — 1 night

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Antwerp trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Cologne to Antwerp in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bruges Art Route and St Bonifacius Bridge. Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk and St. Annakerk (St Anne's Church) will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Walburgakerk, walk around Koningin Astridpark, shop like a local with Salvador Dali Exhibition, and admire the landmark architecture of Sint-Janshuismolen.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges itinerary maker.

Getting from Antwerp to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Antwerp, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bruges, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can 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.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint Nicolas, wander the streets of Place St. Gery, steep yourself in history at Luxembourg Square, then take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest, and finally examine the collection at Tram Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Waterloo.
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Waterloo, Belgium — 2 nights

Known as the site of Napoleon's defeat, Waterloo tops the itinerary of any serious history buff exploring the Walloon Brabant province, located in the very heart of Belgium.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St-Martin's Basilica, kick back and relax at La plage de Renipont, then make a trip to Musee de la Ferme d'Hougoumont, then have some family-friendly fun at VR-Hut, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St-Joseph.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Waterloo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Waterloo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Waterloo sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Bouillon.
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Bouillon, Belgium — 2 nights

Bouillon is a municipality in Belgium. On the 23rd (Fri), delve into the distant past at Parc de Furfooz, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-dame De La Visitation, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Hubert, take in the history at Reg Jans Battlefield Experience - Day Tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Le Bois de la Paix, and finally step into the grandiose world of Le chateau de La Roche a Herbeumont. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Archeoscope, then head outdoors with The Giant's Tomb (Tombeau du Geant), then explore the historical opulence of Castle Veves, and finally steep yourself in history at Domaine Saint Roch.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bouillon day trip site.

Traveling by car from Waterloo to Bouillon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nancy.
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Nancy, France — 2 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eglise des Cordeliers and Eglise Saint-Sebastien. Take a break from the city and head to Pole Aquatique Grand Nancy and Piscine Olympique Alfred Nakache. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame de Bonsecours, stop by L'Epicerie du Gout, explore the historical opulence of Le Chateau et Parc Madame de Graffigny, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at eglise Saint Leon.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nancy online trip planner.

You can drive from Bouillon to Nancy in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bouillon in June, expect nights in Nancy to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can 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 28th (Wed), enjoy some diversion at Stride Strasbourg Indoor Bike Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Paul, then steep yourself in history at La Neustadt, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Notre-Dame du Chene.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Strasbourg sightseeing app.

You can drive from Nancy to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough 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.
For where to stay and tourist information, read Colmar road trip site.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Colmar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Colmar sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Freiburg im Breisgau.
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany — 2 nights

In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Herz-Jesu-Kirche, savor the flavors at Freiburger Muenstermarkt, admire the local landmark of Fischbrunnen, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Martin, then deepen your understanding at Albert Ludwigs Universitat Freiburg, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stephansmunster Breisach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Freiburg im Breisgau travel planner.

You can drive from Colmar to Freiburg im Breisgau in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Offenburg.
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Offenburg, Germany — 2 nights

Offenburg is a city located in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): examine the collection at Museum Im Ritterhaus, pause for some serene contemplation at Jakobskapelle - Berglekapelle, explore the historical opulence of Burgruine Hohengeroldseck, then get engrossed in the history at Stadtmuseum Schramberg, then step into the grandiose world of Burg Hohenschramberg, and finally contemplate the long history of Historische Altstadt. On the next day, get outside with Strandbad Gifizsee, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Johannes Nepomuk, and then play a few rounds at Golfgelaende Birkenhof.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Offenburg trip builder.

You can drive from Freiburg im Breisgau to Offenburg in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Offenburg are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Baden-Baden.
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Baden-Baden, Germany — 2 nights

Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stiftskirche Baden-Baden, make a trip to Wasserkunstanlage Paradies, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Russe, take in the dramatic scenery at Geroldsau Waterfall, then steep yourself in history at Brahms House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cistercienserinnen-Abtei Lichtenthal.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Baden-Baden trip builder site.

Getting from Offenburg to Baden-Baden by car takes about an hour. July in Baden-Baden sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Karlsruhe.
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Karlsruhe, Germany — 2 nights

One of Germany's first truly "planned" cities, Karlsruhe is naturally a center for technological development and important national institutions.
On the 5th (Wed), stop by Ettlinger Tor. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, then don't miss a visit to Evangelische Stadtkirche, then steep yourself in history at Europaplatz, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Karlsruhe online trip maker.

Drive from Baden-Baden to Karlsruhe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Stuttgart.
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Stuttgart, Germany — 2 nights

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Rathaus, appreciate the history behind Jubilaeumssaule, contemplate the waterfront views at Barensee, then make a trip to Gruner Heiner, then pause for some photo ops at Bismarck Tower, and finally pause for some photo ops at Denkpartner.

Plan trip to Stuttgart with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Karlsruhe to Stuttgart takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Stuttgart are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Geisenheim.
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Geisenheim, Germany — 4 nights

Geisenheim is a town in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hessen, Germany, and is known as Weinstadt (“Wine Town”), Schulstadt (“School Town”), Domstadt (“Cathedral Town”) and Lindenstadt (“Linden Tree Town”).GeographyLocationGeisenheim lies on the Rhine’s right bank between Wiesbaden and Rüdesheim, 3 km away to the west. Rheinstein Castle and Schloss Schoenburg are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Judischer Friedhof Heiliger Sand and Alte Haus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Geisenheim: Burg Pfalzgrafenstein (in Kaub), Burg Lichtenberg Hunnenringburg (in Thallichtenberg) and Oberwesel (Turm Museum & City Fortifications). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Wernerkapelle, explore the ancient world of Klosterruine Disibodenberg (Hildegard von Bingen), learn about winemaking at Schloss Johannisberg, and explore the historical opulence of Burg Klopp.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Geisenheim vacation builder site.

You can drive from Stuttgart to Geisenheim in 3 hours. In July in Geisenheim, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aschaffenburg.
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Aschaffenburg, Germany — 2 nights

Aschaffenburg is a town in northwest Bavaria, Germany. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schloss Johannisburg mit Schlossanlagen and Zu Unserer Lieben Frau. Popular historic sites such as Stadtverwaltung Ochsenfurt and Stiftsbasilika St. Peter und Alexander are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Aschaffenburg side-trips: Rodelseer Tor (in Iphofen), Dettelbach (Rathaus, Stadtmauer (fortifications), &more) and Wertheim (Evangelische Stiftskirche, Blaues Haus, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Stiftsmuseum Aschaffenburg, browse the collection at Hofbibliothek Aschaffenburg, and buy something for everyone on your list at City Galerie.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Aschaffenburg trip builder site.

You can drive from Geisenheim to Aschaffenburg in 1.5 hours. In July in Aschaffenburg, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hanau.
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Hanau, Germany — 3 nights

Hanau is a town in the Main-Kinzig-Kreis, in Hesse, Germany. On the 16th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Kaiserpfalz Gelnhausen, pause for some serene contemplation at Marienkirche Gelnhausen, examine the collection at Landschaftsmuseum, then steep yourself in history at Schloss Philippsruhe, and finally make a trip to Das Karussell von Wilhelmsbad. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Golf-Park Winnerod, explore the ancient world of Kloster Arnsburg, then step into the grandiose world of Munzenberg Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Sandrosenmuseum Buedingen.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanau tour planning app.

Hanau is just a short distance from Aschaffenburg. In July in Hanau, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 4 nights

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Schloss Braunfels and St. Elizabeth Kirche. Get in touch with nature at Felsenmeer and Messel Pit Fossil Site. Explore Frankfurt's surroundings by going to Marburger Landgrafenschloss Museum (in Marburg), Romerkastell Saalburg und archaologischer Park (in Bad Homburg) and Schloss Auerbach (in Bensheim). Explore Frankfurt further: contemplate the long history of Wetzlar Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dreikonigskirche, step into the grandiose world of Bad Homburg Palace (Landgraves' Castle & Castle Park), and take in the pleasant sights at Mainkai.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Frankfurt journey planner.

Frankfurt is just a stone's throw from Hanau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Germany travel guide

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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.
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.
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