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To know the Kingdom of Belgium is to love it! It feels almost exotic — a meeting point between Germanic and Latin cultures in the heart of Europe where speaking more than one language is a given. Forget about the bad jokes regarding its inhabitants and their famous chips. This federation of ten million people contains great treasures of art – and great lifestyles too.
Amazingly, this tiny country also contains highly diverse landscapes, ranging from the North Sea to the deep Ardennes forests, from sandy beaches with dunes and polders to hilly regions full of valleys and plateaus. The same goes for the beer, which comes in more varieties here than anywhere else. You may be surprised by the delicious food too, including waterzoi from Ghent, Flemish carbonade and hochepot, and eels in green sauce.
But the main reason for visiting Belgium is above all its cities full of works of art bearing witness to its glorious past and eventful history. There are the canals in Bruges, the towers in Ghent, the cathedral and old town in Antwerp, the Grand’Place and magnificent Art Nouveau buildings in Brussels, not to mention Liège, the citadels in Dinant, and Tournai Cathedral. Nearly every town is a enchanting setting with bell towers, town halls, covered markets, canals, carillon music and peaceful Beguine convents. Yet with its art comic books and fashion designers, contemporary art and dance scenes, this peppy little country has more than one surprise in store for you!

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Belgium : 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Liège

    Belgium's third city lies in a basin surrounded by hills at the meeting of the Meuse and the Ourthe. This great river port is an economic and commercial metropolis close to the border with Germany, an...

  • Namur

    Namur, at the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers, was once an often besieged, major military site. Today, it is still overlooked by its citadel, retains numerous churches and is a prosperous, m...

  • Tournai

    Tournai, overlooked by its cathedral towers, is divided in two by the banks of the Escaut and lies at the heart of a farming area. Together with Tongeren, Tournai is Belgium's oldest town. It enjoyed ...

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