The little country of Belgium is more often overlooked and underrated because it is surrounded by the much more popular tourist destinations of France, the Netherlands, and Germany. Even though this is a tiny country, it still has an incredible amount of attractions on offer for every tourist. Located in Western Europe, Brussels is the capital city of this spectacular country. Belgium boasts delicious food, a vibrant artistic life, as well as divine beers, and the people here are known to live well. When you are on a Belgium holiday, you will realize that this country has two distinct halves. The Dutch-speaking Northern Belgium is home to several magnificent historic cities whereas the French-speaking Southern Belgium is known for its charming rural attractions including castles, caves, and outdoor activities.
Whether you are looking for history, food, chocolates, or romance, a Belgium holiday offers you all of this and more. It has been dubbed as the ‘Battlefield of Europe’ because Flanders in Belgium was the site of some of the fiercest battles in World War I. Do not miss an opportunity to enjoy this country which is both provincial as well as cosmopolitan, when you are in Western Europe. Getting around this country is not a hassle because all the corners are only around two hours away from the capital city and are well connected. Whether it be the 60 plus UNESCO sites or the bizarre and stunning carnivals, there is just so much to do on a Belgium holiday.
If you want any more reasons to visit this gorgeous country, here is a list to make your job easier.
Regarded as Belgium’s most preserved medieval town, Bruges is every tourist’s dream with its remarkable architecture. Make this your first stop during your Belgium holiday and feast on its canals and beautiful old buildings. Even a day of sightseeing is enough to take in most of the attractions because the center of this city is quite small. When in Bruges, you must take a boat trip through the canals and take a stroll along the narrow streets. Do this and you will immediately fall under the spell cast by the medieval atmosphere of this city. Some of the most popular attractions that must be seen on your Belgium holiday include the Belfry and Halle, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, the Groeninge Museum, the Memling Museum, and the Markt.
Your Belgium holiday is incomplete without a visit to the capital city of the country, Brussels. This city is also the capital of the European Union as well as the principal seat of the Belgian Royal Family. It is Belgium’s main educational and economical hub and also where you can truly treat your taste buds at some of the most fabulous restaurants that this country has to offer. It is home to several world-class galleries and museums, old buildings designed in Gothic and Baroque architecture, and a few quirky sights that will keep you entertained for a couple of days. Some attractions that should not be missed when you are in this city are the iconic Mannekin Pis and the Atomium, the Grand Place, the Place Royale, the Saint-Michel Cathedral, the Notre-Dame du Sablon, the Mont des Arts, and the Belgian Royal Museum of Fine Arts.
If Brussels is the economic capital of the country, then Antwerp is the cultural capital of Belgium. Located in the Dutch-speaking northern region, this city is renowned to be the historic center for Belgian artistry and craftwork. Once home to famous artists like Jordaens, Rubens, and van Dyck, the incredible museums at Antwerp are a must-see on any Belgium holiday. Buy a diamond when you visit this city, because over 85 percent rough diamonds and 50 percent cut diamonds in the world are traded here. Take a stroll through this gem of a city and marvel at the architectural beauties such as St. Paul’s Church, St. James’ Church, and the Cathedral of Our Lady. Some of the other places of interest here are the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Diamond Museum, and the Grand Place.
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