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Belgium
Travel Guide

What better place can you enjoy food and art culture than in medieval towns? Visit breweries in old monasteries and tour royal palaces from past centuries. 

Belgium’s three regions, Wallonia, Flanders and Brussels, are packed with medieval and wartime history, art culture, historic castles and gardens. Visit monasteries with breweries where ancient recipes are still used to create some of the world’s best beers!

Start your Belgian adventure in the capital, Brussels, where the French-speaking Walloon and Dutch-speaking Flemish areas of the country meet. Spend summery days wandering through the Royal Palace of Brussels and gardens or picnicking in the huge Parc du Cinquantenaire in the heart of the museum district. Visit several of the more than 80 museums and art galleries in the city. Find a bargain art piece at Les Marolles or Place du Grand Sablon markets.

Antwerp, the capital of the Flanders region, has a superb collection of museums and grand churches. Its lanes are packed with unusual boutiques and beer bars where you can taste Flanders’ best brews. Be sure to visit the 16th-century cathedral to see paintings by Rubens or the ancient Hetsteen Castle, which houses the city’s Museum of Archaeology and Maritime History.

Also in Flanders you’ll find Bruges and Ghent, known for their incredibly well-preserved medieval architecture and history. Bruges itself is a UNESCO heritage-listed site and has more than 20 museums, many showcasing famous Flemish artists including Jan van Eyck. Explore the Bruges Béguinage, beautiful whitewashed buildings which house a museum regarding the Beguines, a religious order of women. Stop at the cities’ chocolate shops selling Belgian fries for dual taste sensations.

The number of castles in Belgium can be overwhelming, with everything from medieval castles to aristocratic chateaus of the 15th to 19th centuries. A few are inner-city castles, such as Gravensteen of Ghent; however, the fairytale castles of the Namur district and some of the abbey breweries are worth traveling farther afield. After exploring Maredsous Abbey, the Abbey of Sint Sixtus of Westvleteren, Scourmont Abbey and Orval Abbey, you can remember your favorite Belgian moments while enjoying an artisanal beer.

Popular cities in Belgium

La Grand Place which includes street scenes, a castle and a square or plaza
Brussels
Known for Business, Tour and Museum

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Reasons to visit

  • La Grand Place
  • Manneken Pis Statue
  • Belgian Comic Strip Center
Cathedral of Our Lady showing a city, a church or cathedral and street scenes
Antwerp
Known for Shopping, Historical and Business

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Reasons to visit

  • Antwerp Zoo
  • Antwerp Market Square
  • Cathedral of Our Lady
Bruges which includes street scenes, a river or creek and a house
Bruges
Known for Historical, Tour and Chocolate

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Reasons to visit

  • Bruges Market Square
  • Begijnhof
  • Bruges Belfry
Ghent showing boating and a city
Ghent
Known for Historical, Tour and Art

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Reasons to visit

  • Gravensteen Castle
  • Kraanlei
  • Saint Bavo Cathedral
Royal Opera of Wallonia which includes interior views and theatre scenes
Liege
Known for Historical, Castle and Opera

Reasons to visit

  • Liege Cathedral
  • Place Saint-Lambert
  • Montagne de Beuren
Leuven
Known for Poolside Bars, Shopping and Historical

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Belgium