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  • 1 Gileppe Dam Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    B - Verviers

    The dam was originally built on this tributary of the Vesdre between 1869 and 1876, and reconditioned between 1967 and 1971. 67m high, 320m long, on a 235m-rock foundation, its capacity has doubled to 26 million m3. It supplies the region with water ..

  • 2 Bokrijk Open Air Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Bokrijklaan 1 B - Genk

    Around 100 buildings spread over 90ha, illustrating bygone life in the Flemish provinces. Three sections focus on rural life, a fourth is urban. Each rural section corresponds to a region: Kempen, Limburg, and Flanders. The urban section features rec..

  • 3 Magritte Museum, Brussels Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. Royale 1 B - Bruxelles

    The Magritte Museum exhibits some 250 of the 1 200 works by one of the leading lights of Surrealism, or the "immediate knowledge of reality", as he himself defined the movement. Drawings, oil paintings, gouache paintings, posters and sculpt..

  • 4 Hergé Museum, Louvain Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. du Labrador 26 B - 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

    At long last, this museum devoted to the most famous of Belgium's animators opened its doors in 2009 in the remarkable town of Louvain-la-Neuve. It presents the life and works of the creator of Tintin, his passions, his influences, the evolution of h..

  • 5 Treasury of Sint Pieterskerk Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Grote-Markt 1 B - 3000 Leuven

    Sint Pieterskerk houses this museum stacked with masterpieces, including the Last Supper altarpiece by Dirk Bouts (1467), a small copy of the Descent from the Cross by Van der Weyden (1440) and an outstanding 13C wooden Head of Christ called "of..

  • 6 Royal Museum for Central Africa Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parking Leuvensesteenweg B - 3080 Tervuren

    Organised by King Leopold II in 1897, the Congo Exhibition presented the fauna, flora, art and culture of the region so successfully that it became a permanent museum, housed in this building with a Louis XVI-style façade constructed by Girault betwe..

  • 7 Castle and Park Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kasteelstraat 40 B - 1750 Gaasbeek

    The castle, extensively restored in the late-19C, stands on the edge of a hilly park. It was bequeathed by its owner in 1921 and has belonged to the Flemish community since 1981. The Count of Egmont spent the last three years of his life here. It now..

  • 8 Domaine de Bouchout Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Nieuwen-laan B - 1860 Meise

    This park is laid out with woodland areas alternating with lawns, lakes and lone-standing trees. Depending on the season, strollers will see clumps of hydrangeas, magnolias, rhododendrons, oak and maple trees. The Plant Palace has a signposted route ..

  • 9 Béguinage Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Begijnenstraat B - 3290 Diest

    This 13C Beguine convent is one of the largest in Belgium. Its Baroque entrance (1671) is adorned with a niche housing a Virgin and Child. The current buildings, ornamented with gables and niches, date from the 17C and 18C. The former Apostelen conve..

  • 10 Basilique Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    B - 1500 Halle

    This 14C Brabant Gothic basilica has a square tower topped by a corner pinnacle, a Baroque lantern and a 54-chime carillon. Note the South Porch with its Virgin and Child surrounded by angel musicians. The interior houses numerous artifacts and fine ..

  • 11 Abbey Ruins Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    av. Descartes 24 B - 1495 Villers-la-Ville

    St Bernard laid the abbey's foundations in 1147, but the church and cloister were only built from 1198 to 1209. It was ransacked by Spaniards and local revolts in the 16C, then enclosed within fortifications in 1587. In 1789, the Austrians pillaged t..

  • 12 Église St-Léonard Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Grote Markt B - 3440 Zoutleeuw

    This attractive church was built from the 13C (chevet, north transept) to 16C (bell-tower). The interior escaped the 16C iconoclasts and is a real museum of religious art, with a variety of fine altarpieces, triptychs, statues, gold and silverwork. N..

  • 13 Grand Béguinage Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Schapenstraat B - 3000 Leuven

    Originally, this Beguine convent (founded c 1230) included the district near the church. It was extended to 6 ha in the 17C and is the largest Beguine convent in Belgium. It was purchased by the university in 1962 and now accommodates students and le..

  • 14 Plankendael Zoological Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    chaussée de Leuven 582 B - 2812 Muizen

    This vast garden planted with flowers and fine trees is home to over 1 000 animals. Note the rare or endangered species, tropical bird aviaries and lakes with many water fowl.

  • 15 Sint Gummaruskerk Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Gummaruskerkstraat B - 2500 Lier

    This church has a massive belfry nicknamed the "Pepperpot" due to its unusual shape. The interior includes superb keystones and stained-glass windows. The Flamboyant Gothic rood screen is the work of Mechelen sculptors. Note the south aisle..

  • 16 Cathedral of St Rumbold Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Onder den Toren B - 2800 Mechelen

    This Gothic building has an outstanding tower (as wide as its nave) housing two carillons, of wonderful proportions with powerful yet light vertical lines. The harmonious cathedral interior is surprisingly large. Among the many works of art, note the..

  • 17 O L Vrouwebasiliek Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Grote Markt B - 3700 Tongeren

    This fine Gothic building (13C-16C) is preceded by an impressive unfinished towered façade. The nave rests on cylindrical columns with crocket capitals. The elegant triforium is ringed by a gallery. Note the 16C Antwerp wooden altarpiece relating the..

  • 18 Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    r. des Jardins 47 B - 5537 Annevoie-Rouillon

    This park flowing with water, compromising between formal French-type and romantic Italianate gardens, was conceived in the late 18C by one of the Montpellier family (owners of the estate since the 17C) members. It charms visitors with numerous and i..

  • 19 The Oignies aux Soeurs de Notre Dame Priory Treasur Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. Julie-Billiard 17 B - 5000 Namur

    The Oignies Priory treasury, saved from 1940 air raids, is housed in one room. Exhibits include early-13C evangelistaries and reliquaries by the Mosan monk Hugo d'Oignies, whose delicate skill can notably be seen in the black-background medallions wi..

  • 20 Château de Crèvecoeur viewpoint Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N96 B - 5500 Bouvignes-sur-Meuse

    This fortress was named "Heartbreak Castle" after being razed by King Henri II of France's troops in 1554. A gate opposite the bottom of the steps was once part of the fortifications. The castle ruins offer a fine view of the town, church, ..

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