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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 Grenglay viewpoint Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    L - 9164 Lipperscheid

    At the top of this steep impressive slope, a belvedere provides a wonderful view over Bourscheid castle, perched on a long promontory flanked by a meander of the river Sure.

  • 4 Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    L - 9410 Vianden

    The romantic outline of this castle dominates the town. Owned by the Grand Duchy since 1977, this castle was built initially by the counts of Vianden and was once the home of the Orange-Nassau family. The castle has since been the focus of restoratio..

  • 5 Chemin de la Corniche Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Chemin de la Corniche L - 1339 Luxembourg

    This has been called «the most beautiful balcony in Europe» because of its views. The path borders the old ramparts along the edge of the Alzette and reachs the enormous gateway known as the Porte de Grund (1632). The elegant façades of houses belong..

  • 6 Viewpoints from Place de la Constitution Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Pl. de la Constitution L - 2011 Luxembourg

    Make your way up to this old Beck bastion with its obelisk to take in the fantastic views over the Pétrusse ravine, the surrounding gardens and the Pont Adolphe. This is where you'll find the entrance to the Pétrusse blockhouses.

  • 7 Viewpoints from the St-Esprit Plateau Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Plateau St-Esprit L - 1475 Luxembourg

    The crest of the Vauban citadel, known as the «Plateau of the Holy Spirit», gives magnificent views over the valleys of the Pétrusse and the Alzette, as well as over to the Rham Plateau and the low town of Grund and the Church of St-Jean.

  • 8 Casemates du Bock Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Chemin de la Corniche L - 1339 Luxembourg

    This is the unfinished part of a 23-km long defensive maze built in 1745. It connected the various parts of the fortress. During the air raids in the Second World War, its corridors were used as shelters. An archaeological crypt encloses several ruin..

  • 9 The Our Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N10 L - Vianden

    At Wallendorf on the outskirts of Ouren in Belgium, the Our forms a border between Germany and the Grand Duchy, boring and deep and why indeed Valley out of the former massif, which is often very narrow between the sheer rock faces.

  • 10 Viewpoints Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rte du Mont-St-Nicolas L - 9409 Vianden

    The western hills dominating the town offer attractive views over the site of Vianden. The belvedere on St Nicholas's Road is very nice in particular. The cable car also takes you to a Belvedere which provides an extensive panoramic view over the tow..

  • 11 Walk Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    L - 6475 Echternach

    At Perekop the hiking trail B takes you back to the Road area. The trek to the west, which runs alongside the Aesbach stream before eventually moving away from it, is the most picturesque. In particular, you will see some rocks which have been eroded..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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 ..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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 ..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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..

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