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Belgium and Luxembourg are great places to live in! A unique lifestyle has survived in these little countries in the heart of Europe, at the crossroads between Germanic and Romance cultures. Although small, they contain extremely varied landscapes that form a picturesque ensemble from the North Sea coastline with its dunes and polders to the Ardennes forests and the valleys and vineyards of the Grand Duchy.
Multiculturalism is a given in a place where four languages are spoken (Dutch, French, German, and Luxembourgish), even if it does come with its own tensions.
These two young countries, which gained their independence in the 19th century, had an extraordinarily fertile history due to their strategic location, producing one of Europe’s richest artistic legacies. Belgium has given the world hundreds of universal artists known the world over, from painters Van Eyck, Rubens and Magritte to authors such as Maeterlinck, Verhaeren, Michaux, Simenon and Nothomb, and comic book writer/artists such as Hergé, E.P. Jacobs, Peyo and Franquin.
The region is full of charming towns brimming with cultural treasures, bell towers, town halls and covered markets, including Bruges and its famous canals, Ghent and its towers, Antwerp with its cathedral and old town, Brussels and its Grand’Place and magnificent Art Nouveau buildings, as well as the town centre in Liège, the citadels in Dinant, and Tournai Cathedral. This special northern lifestyle can also be seen in the region’s culinary creations ( waterzooi from Ghent, and Flemish hochepot), and in the small cafés and taverns where the art of conviviality has been carefully preserved.

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Belgium, Luxembourg : Must-see towns and regions

  • Antwerp

    Cradle of Belgian creative talent, one of the largest ports in the world, and centre of the global diamond trade, Antwerp has preserved the charm of the old Flemish towns. It is a genuine pleasure to ...

  • Bruges

    Situated at a trading crossroads in northern Flanders, Bruges became a commercial capital from the 12C. Its wealth made it beautiful – the centre is now a Unesco World Heritage site – with churches, m...

  • Brussels

    Capital of Belgium, royal residence, seat of the European Communities (EU, Euratom, CECA) and NATO), Brussels is a great and dynamic city. Between the north and south of the country, it is a cultural ...

  • Ghent

    The spiritual heart of Flanders, Belgium’s second-largest port and a major industrial centre, Ghent also has a university, rendering it even more animated. At the confluence of the River Lys and the R...

  • Mullerthal

    Running through what is known as the Valley of the Millers, the River Ernz Noire is interspersed by waterfalls as it flows between fields of rich pasture, bordered in turn by wooded slopes and spectac...

  • Luxembourg

    Situated on a plateau punctuated by ravines traversed by a multitude of bridges, Luxembourg presents un unusual picture. Depending upon the angle from which it is viewed, the city seems to be a milita...

  • Louvain

    Leuven owes its prominence to its university, Belgium’s oldest. Its students and student life give the place a unique feel. Capital of the recently created province of Flemish Brabant, Leuven is also ...

  • Veianen

    Occupying a remarkable position overlooking the banks of the River Our, this is a picturesque little town of old houses clinging to the hillside, dominated by the impressive and romantic castle of the...

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