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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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 ..

  • 3 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 ..

  • 4 François Duesberg Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Square Franklin Delano Roosevelt 12 B - Mons

    The collection includes a fine selection of so-called "au nègre" pendulum clocks (1795-1815) by the best Parisian makers. Ten different trades were involved in the manufacture of these timpieces of patinated (black) or gilded bronze. Note t..

  • 5 Le Sablon Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - Bruxelles

    Inextricably linked to the history of the church and guild of crossbowmen, this formerly genteel district had a populist allure in the early 20C. Over recent decades, its shops have been revamped to the benefit of its antique dealers and art gallerie..

  • 6 Notre Dame de la Cambre Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    av. Emile Duray B - 1050 Ixelles

    Founded in the 13C, this ancient Cistercian abbey is situated to the south of the lakes of Ixelles. The fine courtyard with its abbatial and monastic lodgings is a harmonious 18C creation. The 14C church has an impressive Mocking of Christ by Albrech..

  • 7 Horta Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. Américaine 25 B - 1060 Bruxelles

    A must for Art Nouveau lovers, the museum occupies two narrow houses built by Victor Horta between 1898 and 1901 as his home and studio. This huge project is a wonder of harmony and elegance, the very essence of Art Nouveau with glass and iron taking..

  • 8 David and Alice Van Buuren Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    av. Léo-Errera 41 B - 1180 Uccle

    Built in 1928, the house of banker and patron David Van Buuren has an exterior typical of the Amsterdam School. The interior is an Art Deco masterpiece created by Belgian, French and Dutch designers. Furniture, rugs, stained glass, sculpture and pict..

  • 9 House of Erasmus Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. du Chapitre 31 B - 1070 Anderlecht

    Built in 1468 and enlarged in 1515, the "Swan" belonged to the Anderlecht Chapter, whose members and illustrious guests lodged here. In 1521, its most famous visitor gave it its current name: Erasmus. Behind its brick walls, the interior ev..

  • 10 Royal Greenhouses Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    av. du Parc Royal B - 1020 Laeken

    North of the Laeken royal estate lies a town in glass, a group of greenhouses incorporating fine architectural décor and housing a rich botanical collection. Built in the late 19C by architect Alphonse Balat (1819-1895), they are composed of multiple..

  • 11 Fashion Museum (MOMU) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Nationalestraat 18 B - Antwerpen

    At the heart of this trendy district of young Belgian designers, this museum is housed in a late-19C building, pleasantly remodelled by architect Marie-Josée Van Hee. The permanent collections are presented thematically and regularly revised, allowin..

  • 12 Mariemont Royal Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    chaussée de Mariemont 15 B - 7140 Morlanwelz

    The museum has rich archaeological and art collections: the first floor focuses on great civilisations with Egyptian, Greek and Roman Antiquities and arts of the Far East (enamel, lacquer, jade). Downstairs are Gallo-Roman and Merovingian objects exc..

  • 13 Mons Belfry Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rampe du Château B - Mons

    The bell tower stands at the town's highest point, in the scenic and charming central square on the site of its former castle. Note the remains of the perimeter walls (11C-12C) of the castle of the counts of Hainaut (12C) and the chapel of St Callist..

  • 14 St-Michel Foundry Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Fourneau Saint Michel B - 6870 Saint-Hubert

    This foundry lies among wooded hills in the verdant Masblette Valley. A Benedictine community was previously resident here; in the 18C, the last abbot of St Hubert, Nicolas Spirlet, established a metalworks here. In 1966 it was acquired by the local ..

  • 15 Collegiate Church of St Waltrude Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. du Chapitre 1 B - Mons

    The work of Mathieu de Layens, this building typifies Brabant Gothic. Inside, at the west end note the Car d'Or (1779-1781), a carriage in carved, gilded and painted wood which on Trinity Sunday each year carries the reliquary of St Waltrude (patron ..

  • 16 Collegiate Church of St Gertrude Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Grand'Place B - 1400 Nivelles

    Consecrated in 1046, the abbey church has two transepts and two opposing choirs. The late-Romanesque west end or "Westbau" is laid out over five levels. Inside, the church is striking for its dimensions and simplicity; note the gracious 15C..

  • 17 River Ourthe Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    B - La Roche-en-Ardenne

    The River Ourthe is born of the confluence near Nisramont of two tributaries: a western one which rises near Ourthe in Luxembourg, and an eastern one which begins at Ourt to the south of St-Hubert. Upstream from La Roche-en-Ardenne, it is fast-flowin..

  • 18 Le Hérou Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    B - La Roche-en-Ardenne

    Pleasant marked footpaths, notably GR 57, cross this 1 400m shale ridge, its rocky soil covered by abundant vegetation, which falls away abruptly, its steep slope plunging down towards the river to the east. At its foot, the river flows through an un..

  • 19 Hotton Caves Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Speleo Club 1 B - 6990 Hotton

    So far only the cave of 1 001 nights is fully open to the public. The sequence of narrow chambers has a variety of geological formations of remarkable delicacy and very striking colours: calcite white, red, orange, delicate pink with iron traces. In ..

  • 20 Semois Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    B - Bouillon

    A Meuse tributary, the Semois rises near Arlon, flows through lowlying "Belgian Lorraine" and then beyond Florenville meanders through the schist of the Ardennes massif with fine views along its course, notably at Herbeumont where stands th..

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