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  • 1 Château de Seneffe Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Lucien-Plasman 7-9 B - 7180 Seneffe

    Seneffe's château was built for the rich merchant Julien Depestre in the 18C. It has a sober neo-Classical façade and main building flanked by two galleries each ending in an elegant pavilion. Note the interior, precious wood flooring (small boudoir)..

  • 2 Grote-Markt Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote-Markt B - 8630 Veurne

    This vast square is lined with fine buildings (Town Hall, Landhuis, St Walburg church) and mostly early-17C houses topped by imposing gables, pediments and cornices. On the north side, note the set of five houses with fine gables, adorned with heavy ..

  • 3 In Flanders Fields Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    J. Coomansstraat B - 8900 Ieper

    Opened in 1998, this innovatively-designed museum provides a captivating history of the First World War using audio-visual techniques, and has over 3 000 accounts of the experiences of individuals (soldiers, nurses, refugees, children etc) of over 50..

  • 4 Château des Comtes de Flandre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hoofdburg B - 9000 Gent

    This castle was built by Philip of Alsace, Count of Flanders, in 1180. It was fully restored in the early 20C. Its architecture drew inspiration from Crusader forts in Syria. Inside the curtain wall, visitors can see the Romanesque gallery and fine r..

  • 5 Église Notre-Dame Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Kerkstraat B - 9200 Dendermonde

    This 13C-14C church, topped by an octagonal tower above the transept crossing, is a blend of Gothic, Brabant and Scaldian styles. The interior has fine works of art, including Van Dyck's Calvary and Adoration of the Sheperds paintings and another Ado..

  • 6 Cathédrale St-Bavon Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Sint-Baafsplein 1 B - 9000 Gent

    Despite various influences, this Gothic cathedral gives an overall impression of harmony and solemn grace. The top of the tower offers a wide view of Ghent and its surroundings. Inside, the 16C nave is sober but harmonious, with its ribbed vaulting. ..

  • 7 Musée des Beaux-Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Fernand Scribedreef 1, Citadelpark B - 9000 Gent

    This museum lies on the edge of Citadelpark and its fine bandstand (1885). It contains rich collections of ancient and modern art, from the 15C to the first half of the 20C. Note the works by Hieronymus Bosch, Brueghel the Younger, Rubens, James Enso..

  • 8 Municipal Museum STAM (Stadsmuseum Gent) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Goldshuizenlaan 2 B - 9000 Gent

    The museum is housed in the former Bijloke Cistercian abbey, founded in the 13C. In the first room, there is a giant aerial photo on the ground and a model of the historical centre. Then, in this fine series of brick buildings dating from the 14C to ..

  • 9 Wallonia Rural Life Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Fourneau St-Michel B - 6870 Saint-Hubert

    Situated on the site of the St-Michel ironworks, this 40-ha open-air museum consists of old country houses representing Wallonia's various regions and laid out along a path that stretches for about 2km. There is also a little school, a chapel, a prin..

  • 10 Galeries Royales St-Hubert Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Marché-aux-Herbes B - 1000 Bruxelles

    In 1846, the architect Cluysenaar built an elegant Classical pilastered façade at the top of rue de la Montagne. The Galerie du Roi and Galerie de la Reine are covered with a glass vault on a metal framework. The galleries are home to many luxury sho..

  • 11 Belgian Comic Strip Centre Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. des Sables 20 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    This centre is housed in the magnificent Art Nouveau building designed by Victor Horta in 1903 for the Waucquez textile house. Here, visitors will now find everything about making a comic book, see original drawings by the great artists and enter the..

  • 12 Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudule Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Ste-Gudule B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Since 1962, the former collegiate of Sts Michael and Gudule has shared the title of cathedral of the archdiocese of Malines-Bruxelles with St-Rombault de Malines. This is a fine Gothic monument built from the 13C to 17C. Inside, the Brabançon nave is..

  • 13 Soignes Forest Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Leopold II-laan B - 1560 Hoeilaart

    It extends over an ancient charcoal forest area, where charcoal was produced in Roman times. Thick clumps of beech trees cover the former hunting area, scattered with abbey remains, of this rolling countryside with valleys such as the romantic Groene..

  • 14 Mayer van den Bergh Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lange-Gastruisstraat 19 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This museum occupies a lovely neo-Gothic house that was built in the early 20C. It contains a magnificent art collection assembled by Fritz Mayer van den Bergh. Made up of medieval sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, ivories, tapestries and painting..

  • 15 Maison de Rubens Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Wapper 9-11 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This house magnificently describes the life and mind of Rubens, whose works are present throughout Antwerp. It was bought by the painter in 1610, one year after his marriage to Isabelle Brandt. He spent many years here and gradually turned it into a ..

  • 16 Dierentuin Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Koningin-Astridplein 26 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This zoo is the ideal complement to the nearby Natural History Museum. The park covers 10ha and is home to around 5 000 animals of all sorts, including some very rare species, such as the white rhinoceros and the okapi. The zoo also contains several ..

  • 17 Wijk Zurenborg Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cogel-Osylei B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This splendid district is made up of several streets around the Cogels-Osylei and is in a fine state of preservation. It is named after a 16C park. A marvel of the 19C, Wijk Zurenborg includes neo, eclectic and Art Nouveau private houses that were th..

  • 18 Museum of Walloon Life Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Cour des Mineurs B - 4000 Liège

    This museum is devoted to popular arts and folklore in the Walloon region. It is housed in a former abbey of the Friars Minor, and includes a puppet theatre and rooms devoted to traditional life. Visitors learn about bygone ways of life through inter..

  • 19 Grand Curtius Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Féronstrée 136 B - 4000 Liège

    This group of museums occupies a cluster of buildings dating from the 16C-18C, the most emblematic of which is Curtius Palace (16C). A fine example of the Renaissance Mosan style, with its red bricks and cross-mullioned windows, it was commissioned b..

  • 20 St James's Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Jacques B - 4000 Liège

    This flamboyant Gothic church retains a Romanesque narthex, the remains of the Benedictine abbey founded in the 11C. To the north, you will see an interesting Renaissance façade. Under the porch, a bas-relief from 1380 represents the coronation of th..

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