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  • 1 Oudenaarde Town Hall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - 9700 Oudenaarde

    In Flamboyant Gothic style yet showing hints of Baroque, this building dominating its vast square is charming on account of its lightness of line and ornamentation. Arcades support the projecting belfry surmounted by the statue of "Jean le Guerr..

  • 2 Luxembourg's Little Switzerland Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    L - Echternach

    Lying between Echternach, Beaufort, Larochette and Consdorf, at the heart of the Germano-Luxembourgois nature park, this lovely area is called Little Switzerland because of its rugged verdant terrain and natural riches: forests of beech, hornbeam, si..

  • 3 MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Hanzestedenplaats 1 B - Antwerpen

    MAS, which stands for the Dutch "museum on the river", is in the oldest part of Antwerp's port. The stunning building calls to mind containers placed on top of each other, and houses works from the former Ethnography and Maritime Museums (a..

  • 4 Hôtel de ville Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Naamsestraat B - 3000 Leuven

    This 15C Flamboyant Gothic building needs to be studied from a distance to appreciate its vertical lines; like an elegantly chiselled stone reliquary. The niches were given new statues in the 19C. Inside, several works by Constantin Meunier are exhib..

  • 5 Grotte de Han Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    r. Joseph-Lamotte 2 B - 5580 Han-sur-Lesse

    This giant limestone cave hollowed out by the Lesse (over 15 km) served as a refuge from the late Neolithic period to the 18C. It has huge concretions (5m-long Minaret stalagmite) and magnificent galleries, such as the crystal Salle des Mystérieuses,..

  • 6 Belfry and Cloth Hall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sint-Baafsplein 1 B - 9000 Gent

    The massive outline of the 91m-high belfry, topped by a dragon, symbolises the power of Ghent's medieval guilds. Inside, the chamber was the seat of the town's privileges and liberties The upper platform offers a fine view of the city. Built in the 1..

  • 7 Cinquantenaire Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parc du Cinquantenaire 10 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Created in 1835, this exceptional museum gives an overview of human history from the Prehistoric period to the present day. Its rich collections cover Antiquity, non-European civilisations (the Americas, Asia) and National decorative arts, such as re..

  • 8 Museum of Natural Sciences Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. Vautier 29 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    The Dinosaur Gallery has more than 30 specimens laid out over an area of 3 000 m2; T Rex, Stegasaurus and Diplodocus are all represented but the stars of the show are the original fossilised Bernissart Iguanodons. Other rooms focus on human evolution..

  • 9 Around the Grand Place and Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote-Markt B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This district, scattered with little streets and passageways, is dominated by the steeple of the Cathedral. There is an abundance of niches containing statues of the Madonna - as many as 300, overlooking the inhabitants of Antwerp for centuries. Some..

  • 10 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Groenplaats 21 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    Begun in 1352 and not completed until 1521, the finest building in Antwerp (and Belgium's largest) is remarkable for its stylistic homogeneity. A masterpiece of richness and lightness, one of its two towers rises to 123m (the other was never finished..

  • 11 Musée Plantin-Moretus Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Vrijdamarkt 22-23 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This museum occupies the house and printing room of Christophe Plantin. It is filled with old furniture, tapestries, gold-lined leathers, paintings, old presses, and collections of drawings, engravings, manuscripts and precious editions. It tells the..

  • 12 Musée royal des Beaux-Arts Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Leopold-de-Waelplaats B - 2000 Antwerpen

    The Royal Fine Arts Museum is housed in a 19C building. Its façade of Corinthian columns is topped by bronze carriages by Vinçotte and decorated with four allegorical figures representing architecture, painting, sculpture and engraving. The museum ha..

  • 13 Pairi Daiza (Cambron-Casteau) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Domaine de Cambron B - 7940 Brugelette

    This place located on the former Cambron Abbey estate defies classification and has a suitably strange name. In old Persian, Pairi Daiza means "closed garden" - the oldest name for Paradise... and these stunning grounds bear quite a resembl..

  • 14 Belfort et Hallen (Belfry and Covered Market) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Markt 7 B - 8000 Brugge

    These two buildings form a lovely arrangement of polished brickwork. The belfry is the largest in Belgium and a symbol of the city of Bruges. It can be seen from miles around next to the other steeples in the city. Its massive tower dates back to the..

  • 15 Groeningemuseum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Djiver 12 B - 8000 Brugge

    Groeningemuseum houses a wonderful collection of paintings from the 15C to the present day. Its collection of early Flemish painting alone warrants a visit. These masterpieces symbolise the genius of Bruges. On show here are some of the most famous p..

  • 16 Memling museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Mariastraat 38 B - 8000 Brugge

    This museum occupies the former St John's Hospital, which was built in the 12C. The superbly restored interior displays works of art and objects illustrating a variety of subjects, including the building's history of hospitals. In the old chapel are ..

  • 17 Boottocht (boat trip) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rozenhoedkaai B - 8000 Brugge

    This very pleasant boat trip is a great way to see Bruges from another angle; its charm, quietness and romanticism. It is an ideal complement to a tour of the city on foot. At the end of the Spiegelrei (Mirror Embankment), you will see the statue of ..

  • 18 Le Mont des Arts Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Royale 3 B - Bruxelles

    Founded by Leopold II with a view to creating the world's greatest concentration of artworks, this quarter dominates the lower town. Pre-existing palaces were augmented by new buildings in the 19C which replaced the St Roch district (deemed insalubri..

  • 19 Notre Dame Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de l'Évêché 1 B - 7500 Tournai

    The cathedral influenced churches in Tournai and the Escaut Valley, giving birth to Scaldian art. Visitors are impressed by its huge size and the massive outlines of its towers. The nave and transept date from the 12C. The slender 13C Gothic chancel ..

  • 20 Quai aux Herbes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - 9000 Gent

    This was Ghent's Medieval harbour site. Herb Quay is lined with 12C-17C houses of pure architectural styles. Especially note the 16C Masons' Hall, 15C first Grain Weighers' Hall, Romanesque Scaldian Stage Hall, the smallest house in town called Toll ..

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