12 days in Brussels, Paris & Frankfurt Itinerary

12 days in Brussels, Paris & Frankfurt Itinerary

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12 days in Brussels, Paris & Frankfurt Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly + train:  16​h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
3
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  37​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Atomium and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Get some cultural insight at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Go for a jaunt from Brussels to Halle to see Hallerbos - ‘'The Blue Forest’' about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, admire the masterpieces at Maison Cauchie, and steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Brussels.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Brussels is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Johannesburg in May, plan for slightly colder days in Brussels, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

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Side Trip

Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’'
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Shop till you drop at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. Get some historical perspective at Île de la Cité and Arc de Triomphe. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paris sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Main-Taunus Zentrum and then take a stroll around Frankfurt Messe. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Eberbach Abbey, then shop like a local with Wilhelmstrasse, and then get to know the fascinating history of Neroberg.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Frankfurt online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Paris to Frankfurt takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Shopping Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wiesbaden, Eberbach Abbey, Main-Taunus Zentrum
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Main-Taunus Zentrum ©
Main-Taunus Zentrum
Eberbach Abbey ©
Eberbach Abbey
Neroberg ©
Neroberg

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