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Visiting Belgium & The Netherlands In December

Break Belgium style -- discover a weekend break of cityscapes, lights, and shopping with this Belgium Netherlands itinerary.

by karoAbout Me:The adamant wanderer. I started traveling with my parents as a kid and caught the vagabond bug ;-) Been traveling ever since. I came back to Europe after living in Asia for a while but mostly waiting for Covid madness to calm down between ... read more

EuropeBelgium, Netherlands4 days / December 2021

Highs & Lows

Book Store Dominicanen and a David Hockney exhibit

Sometimes it was too cold to stay outside for too long

Itinerary Overview

  • Day trip: Brussels
    Wandering around the city center and seeing a David Hockney exhibit in Bozar
  • 4 Nights: Tervuren
    African Museum and the park around it
  • Day trip: Leuven
    Admiring pretty Christmas lights in the city center
  • Day trip: Maastricht
    Gorgeous city center and the famous bookstore

Q & A

  • How was the food?

    Van Wijck in Maastricht is a very nice place for breakfast/lunch. There's a ton of good restaurants in Leuven but for an absolutely extraordinary bakery to go Korst. It's heaven for gluten lovers. Le Pain Quotidien is always a safe choice for breakfast/lunch, it's a bakery-restaurant chain that you'll find all over Belgium and The Netherlands.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    If you're planning on visiting Belgium in Winter, be prepared for all kinds of weather including excessive rain. Plan your days in a way that you can spend some time indoors in between walking around.

  • Transportation Tips?

    There are crazy traffic jams in Brussels. If you're going to drive or take a taxi to the airport, take that into account.

  • Booking details?

    I stayed with my sister so didn't have to book any accommodation.