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20 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Belgium

Often overlooked as a travel destination in favor of France, Spain, and Germany, I honestly think Belgium is the underrated gem of Europe!

Home to a collection of impossibly picturesque suspended-in-time medieval towns and cities, I personally think it offers some of the most beautiful and romantic breaks on the continent. From my time spent exploring, here are my favourite places…


This under-the-radar beautiful gem of a city sits on the banks of the river Meuse in Belgium’s Walloon region. The picturesque town is backed by a spectacular sheer cliff face and protected by the ancient fortified citadel.

The city’s historic buildings are steeped in legend – as you meander through the narrow streets, you can sense this place has many stories to tell.

Perhaps the city’s most famous connection comes from it being the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, the man who invented the Saxophone whose house you can now visit. 

I would suggest trying the delicious Flamiche (a bit like a Tarte Flambe) or Couques de Dinant, which are delicious brittle honey biscuits.

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Brugge Bridge

The perfectly preserved medieval city is the place for couples wanting to head out on a romantic European getaway.  Thousands of visitors can’t be wrong and I was personally a huge fan!

In fact, I couldn’t quite believe it existed! With a collection of attractive market squares, steep-gabled houses lining dreamy canals, and winding cobbled streets all tied up in a compact, primarily traffic-free package Bruges, the suspended-in-time canal-side city is very romantic and it’s also undeniably photogenic! 

I would recommend visiting  Burg Square, the 14th-century Stadhuis (City Hall), which has an ornately carved ceiling, Market Square, which features a 13th-century belfry with panoramic views, and of course, one of the critically acclaimed restaurants (of which there are many)! 

3. Brussels

Brussels - Belgium's elegant capital

Forget the dull image that one of Europe’s premier cities seems saddled with; in my opinion, Brussels is beautiful and trip-worthy! The city has become a thriving cosmopolitan metropolis in the last few decades and it’s a joy to explore.

The historic architecture (including a perfectly-preserved late seventeenth-century centre) is genuinely superb and add in a fine collection of art galleries, museums, a famous foodie scene which consists of everything from chocolate and waffles to Michelin star adorned fine cuisine (and of course the delicious beer!) then I think Brussels easily deserves a place on this list! 

Ghent - one the most beautiful towns in Belgium

I loved Ghent! While most head for Brussels or Bruges, the small but beautiful port city is arguably Europe’s best-kept secret. Ghent was, in fact, the most powerful in Europe, but today, it’s a very relaxed, picturesque place with more than a whiff of bohemian air which I was totally charmed by.

Beautiful Ghent is also story-book pretty with a collection of canal-side medieval architecture, Michelin-starred restaurants, quirky boutique stores, and a rich calendar of cultural events.

To get the feel of the place, I would recommend skipping the touristy canal boat trips and discovering all the local hotspots instead! 

Spa - an elegant Belgium town

Spa is an elegant town which, yep, you’ve guessed it; it’s famous for being an ‘original’ spa. Located in the Ardennes region of eastern Belgium, it’s naturally blessed with abundant mineral-rich thermal waters.

Tourists flock here to relax and enjoy the water’s and hot springs’ health and wellness benefits.

It’s also easy on the eye with beautiful buildings, thermal baths, a historic casino, an array of luxury hotels, and an endearing 19th-century retro charm. 

6. Eifel Nature Park

Eifel Nature Park - one of the most beautiful places to visit in Belgium

With its low-hanging mist and miles of untamed, rugged wilderness, this park has a mystical and almost other-worldly beauty. The beech forest-covered conversation area lies mainly in Germany but also borders Belgium.

It also happens to be home to some incredible wildlife – wild cats, wild boars, wildcats, black grouse, red deer, and eagle owls all call this beautiful place home; since the new millennium, the lynx has again been sighted in this remote and highly protected area for the first time in three centuries.

I love that p art of the park’s moors dates back to the last Ice Age!

Durbuy Belgium

The accolade of the smallest town on earth and a population of just 500, Durbury is a tiny gem! It’s located just 2 hours from Brussels and in my opinion, it proves that the best things come in small packages! 

It’s maintained in its charming medieval setting. Today, its pedestrian streets are flowered, narrow, and cobbled, winding between the old bluestone homes and buildings, attracting curious visitors to its shops, fine restaurants, and hotels.

Shop for artisanal produce, gaze at half-timbered houses, visit the beautiful Topiary Park and stop to quench your thirst at La Ferme du Chêne, which brews beer using a 14th-century method. Sporty types can also kayak or raft the Ourthe River that passes through the city.

8. Chateau de La Hulpe

Chateau de la hulpe

France isn’t the only country boasting fairytale castles; Gium’s finest is truly exquisite.

Located in the municipality of La Hulpe in the Walloon Brabant and less than an hour away from Brussels, this beautiful chateau was modelled after the castles in the Loire Valley in France and served as Marquis Maximilien de Béthune’s home.

The castle itself is not open to the public. Still, you can visit the garden, which is littered with sculptures and brimming with colourful flowers, and also the surrounding park, which is known for its rolling lawns, small ponds, and fragrant rhododendrons where I would recommend you take a walk, take a picnic or kick back and relax! 

9. The Sonian Forest

The Sonian Forest - pretty places in Belgium

Part of this magnificent forest has just been awarded a UNESCO heritage status. Beginning in the Iron Age, the 4,000 hectares of woodlands used to be part of a long natural border of beeches and oaks stretching from Brabant to the north of France.

It’s a treasured, peaceful, and unspoiled place and in my opinion, definitely deserves a place on this list! It’s also a naturally picturesque destination to spot roaming wild boars, foxes, and roe deer! 

Torgny - widely known as the most beautiful village in Belgium

With more than a whiff of Provence, this idyllic little village is often cited as the prettiest in the country. Lying on the southernmost tip of Belgium lies Torgny in the Gaume region in the province of Luxemburg, south of the Ardennes and surrounded by France on three sides.

The houses consist of ochre-coloured, hand-hewn stones and red curved tiles, reminiscent of the south of France. The village also enjoys its little microclimate, which is well-suited for vineyards!

I would just say it’s a quiet place, so don’t expect too much going on. I suggest kicking back, relaxing, and taking in the rolling hills, the honey-coloured houses, the abundance of flowers, the gastronomy of the local restaurants, walks and bike rides in the countryside, and a visit to the Abbey of the Trappist Cistercian monks of Orval! 

11. Wallonia

The Wallonia region - beautiful countryside in Belgium

In my opinion, a visit to Belgium would not be complete without a visit to beautiful Wallonia!  This French-speaking region of the country is among the larger land areas but still has a traditional and laid-back feel.

The region of Wallonia has much to offer tourists and locals, including picturesque medieval towns with half-timbered buildings, historic architecture (hailing from the classy Renaissance period), thick forests, rugged cliffs, traditional restaurants and my favourite, the traditional Trappist beers which you’ll find everywhere! 

Veurne Belgium

Veurne was once an area of Belgium encompassed by fortresses to fend off the impending Viking attacks. However, fortification failed, and the room was invaded, but thankfully, all the scars of the past have faded and left Verne as a historical yet beautiful part of the country which I would recommend visiting!

Veurne is a city of historical significance, so it’s home to many beautifully preserved buildings. Many of the buildings and ruins throughout Veurne depict a distinct Renaissance and Gothic style and are very impressive! 

13. Hoge Kempen National Park

Hoge Kempen National Park - a magnificent expanse of 5,000 hectares of forest and heathland

The national parks here are treasures just waiting to be explored, and in Belgium’s Hoge Kempen National Park, you can explore and stay directly in the park to immerse yourself in its immense natural beauty! 

Hiking and camping are available here and I would highly recommend both. It also offers modern lodging arrangements for those who don’t wish to get that close to nature!

14. De Haan

De Haan - pretty parts of Belgium

Coastal regions of Belgium draw in tourists from all over the world, and one my my personal favourites is De Haan. Just under 13,000 people populate De Haan and I love that it has a small-town vibe.

Attractions within De Haan range from unique shopping opportunities, traditional mills, and outdoor adventures such as exploring the dune forest.

There is no limit to what you can find in De Haan, and unlike other areas that only cater to high-end travelers, this area provides something for everyone on every budget. Views from Spioenkop are among the best photo opportunities in De Haan so I would suggest heading there!

15. La Roche-en-Ardenne

La Roche-en-Ardenne

Driving around Belgium offers some beautiful scenery, but if you want something to enjoy outside your vehicle then I would suggest stopping at the pretty but low-key city of La Roche-en-Ardenne. La Roche-en-Ardenne is located in a picturesque valley at the bend of the Ourthe River. 

This location is full of picturesque scenery, from forests and hills to castle ruins and miles of fields! Enjoy your experience exploring this rugged countryside surrounded by unspoiled wilderness.

Cave explorers and outdoor enthusiasts love it here and I also would recommend bringing your camera along too, you’ll need it! 

16. Vallee du Ninglinspo

Vallee du Ninglinspo - a romantic and pristine river valley

Dubbed “The Most Beautiful Walk in Adrennes,” Vallee du Ninglinspo is one of the country’s biggest outdoor attractions. It boasts miles of trails and enjoyable scenery through stunning wilderness.

A hiker’s paradise, I love that Vallee du Nignlinspo offers something new around every bend. Waterfalls, natural pools, and rocky landscapes mix beautifully with unspoiled wilderness in this area.

Damme - a picturesque medieval town

Damme is an area of Belgium that encompasses Oostkereke, Vivenkapelle, Sint-Rita, Sijsele, Lapscheure, Hoeke, and Moerkerke. The population of this growing area is just under 11,000 people. It remains a tiny, intimate town with much to offer tourists and locals.

Book enthusiasts flock to Damme, located in Belgium’s north region, as it is home to an increasing number of bookstores. Bookworms, poetry lovers and culture vultures will especially love it here!

Damme has a very walkable layout but also maintains an excellent bus route and is a bike-friendly area, so no matter how you travel in Damme, I’m sure you will enjoy this picturesque village just like I did!

18. Gaasbeek Castle

Gaasbeek Castle Belgium

Located in Lennik, Flemish Brabant, Belgium, Gaasbeek Castle is a stunning and romantic spot! From April 1 to August 30, I recommend visiting the Castle for a tour. The castle is beautifully preserved, and I think the surrounding grounds are among the most beautiful in the country.

Ground admission is relatively inexpensive, and tours of the castle are available at various times throughout the day. .

19. Oud-Rekem

The prettiest village in Belgium

Dubbed “The Most Beautiful Village in Flanders,” Oud Reken is simply waiting for visitors to stroll their historic pathways and cobblestone pathways! 

If like me you like your travelling pace to be a little slower, then Oud Reken is the perfect place! The Castle d’Aspremont-Lynden is one of the most famous sites, but it is not the only one.

Visitors enjoy access to this historical village, of various indoor and outdoor museums and friendly locals around every corner. If quaint is your idea of perfection then I think you’ll love it here!

Ypres - a pretty and historically important Belgium town

Ypres is a city of almost 35,000 people, not a tiny village but a thriving town which would recommend visiting if you can!

Historically, Ypres has seen its share of fighting, including during WWII. Still, today’s Ypres is full of beautiful sites and a key pilgrimage site for those wishing to pay their respects to those who tragically lost their lives during war times.

Among the many historical sites throughout the city, tourists enjoy walking along the shores of the Yperlee River and taking pictures of the many memorials placed around Ypres. History comes alive in Ypres, so I would suggest bringing your camera and a good pair of walking shoes to take it all in.

My Stay at Indrani Lodge

 Indrani Lodge Belgium

I stayed in Indrani Lodge , located in the heart of the historic Brabant-Wallon village of Loupoigne, only a 45-minute drive from Brussels.

Combining contemporary stylish luxury with landmark elegance and personalized service, the lodge is a meticulously renovated medieval farm set amidst rural farmland, ace to escape city hassles but still within easy reach of the cultural attractions of one of Europe’s quirkier cities.

Surrounded by beautiful lush green landscapes, the hike was linked to a horse ride through rural farmland, ancient abbeys, historical battle sites, or a round of golf at one of several nearby courses!

Indrani Lodge offers five luxuriously appointed and designed en-suite bedrooms, a relaxing leafy garden, and a rejuvenating sauna.

In keeping with the harmonious surroundings, they’ve also recently launched a new retreat program offering a wide selection of wellness retreats and focusing on the themes of yoga, wellness, mindfulness, and healthy eating which I loved!

9 thoughts on “20 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Belgium”

hi sir who doesnt want to visit those beautiful places… Gaasbeek Castle is cool place for me

I just love traveling, beautiful places, really thanks for blog and photos. This are really gonna help.

Belgium having some many tourist places to visit..Thanks for sharing the photos which has the important places for tourists.

Fantastic looking places!

Belgium looks like a truly beautiful place to visit what wonderful photos too!

Wow I love this, such beautiful places in a beautiful looking country!

Bruges has certainly been on our travel wish list for a while now! We hear it’s great for chocolate, beer and bicycling :-).

Wow I didn’t know much about Belgium other than Brussels before now, but these look like incredibly scenic places to visit! Thanks for the travel inspiration! 🙂

Belgium is very picturesque.. I have been to Dinant and this city is truly breathtaking I had no idea about Eifel Nature Park before reading this post, looks so beautiful will definitely go there on my next visit. Thanks for sharing Becky!!

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11 Best Places to Visit in Belgium

Written by Lura Seavey Updated May 3, 2023

Tourists will find a surprising variety of things to do in Belgium , from beautiful natural settings to historic landmarks and cultural attractions.

Couples looking for romantic places to visit will enjoy the medieval ambience of old cities like Bruges and Ghent, while those traveling with kids will find plenty of family-friendly activities in the capital city of Brussels and the historic port town of Antwerp.

Dinant in the Upper Meuse Valley, Belgium

Military history buffs have plenty to look forward to as well, from the remote battlefields of Flanders to numerous excellent museums dedicated to Belgium's role in the two World Wars.

Find all this and so much more with our list of the best places to visit in Belgium.

1. Medieval Bruges

2. upper meuse valley, 3. brussels: the heart of europe, 4. memorials and battlefields of flanders, 5. antwerp: the cultural capital of flanders, 6. canals, castles, and cathedrals of ghent, 7. mons (bergen), 9. the beaches of belgium, 11. belgium's cathedrals and churches, map of places to visit in belgium.

Canals of Bruges

Bruges is one of the most visited cities in Belgium due to its medieval architecture and thoroughly romantic ambience. Bruges' canals are one of its most charming features, and no visit to the town is complete without a scenic canal boat tour .

From the water, you will be able to enjoy a different perspective of the city; land-lovers can likewise stroll along the canals to watch the boats go by, and the local tourist office has free walking tours available. Of particular note are the mansions along the Dijver Canal , some of which now house museums.

The historic center's two main squares, Burg Square (also known as simply "the Burg") and the Markt Square , which sit adjacent to each other in the middle of the city. Markt Square is surrounded by several impressive buildings, but the Halle and its 83-meter belfry are by far the most imposing structure. The belfry, which was started in 1282 and completed in 1482, is home to 47 bells and has a viewing area for tourists who are brave enough to climb the 366 steps to the top.

Aerial view of Markt Square in Bruges

Aficionados of ecclesiastic architecture will want to visit the Basilica of the Holy Blood on Burg Square, which has a combination of Romanesque and late Gothic styles. The Burg is also home to the historic Town Hall ( Stadhuis ), which was completed in 1420, and the tourist office, which is housed in the Liberty of Bruges , the former Law Courts .

Those staying in Bruges will find many fascinating towns and tourist sites within a short drive. For a walk or pedal bike ride, the trails along the Schipdonkkanaal are particularly nice, and canal boat tours are also available here. The small down of Damme is home to several historic buildings and a traditional Flemish atmosphere.

Located near the coast, Bruges is also convenient to the seaside and beach communities of Knokke and Ostend , as well as the popular cruise ship port at Zeebrugge. Knokke is best known for its upscale resort community of Knokke-Heist , but is also a hub for art lovers, with an astounding 85 galleries and numerous public art installations. Along with the beaches of Ostend, tourists can visit several good museums including the De Plate Museum , with local history, and the Museum of Fine Art .

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Namur Citadel, Upper Meuse Valley

The Meuse River splits the country north and south, E42 from Liege to Namur, and from there to Dinant. The valley is known for its idyllic small towns, dramatic limestone cliffs, and lush forests that are ribboned with trails.

Namur (also called Namen) sits in the heart of the valley and is home to several historic landmarks, as well as a large university. The Namur Citadel sits on an outcropping above the town and is a fun place to explore, as well as an excellent spot for panoramic views of the valley.

In town, the best sightseeing areas are along the Rue de Fer and in the central Old Town , where you will find several good museums, as well as shops and cafés. You can also see historic churches, including the 18th-century Cathedral of Saint Aubain and the Church of Notre-Dame and its ecclesiastical Treasury , which houses several priceless religious items.

About 28 kilometers to the south sits another of Belgium's loveliest cities , Dinant, which is also home to a stately citadel. West of Namur, the village of Floreffe is home to a stunning 12th-century abbey, formerly the Premonstratensian Abbey , which now houses a seminary. The abbey church still contains some of its original features and is a lovely place to visit.

The next town over is Fosses-la-Ville , also home to a 12th-century monastery. Unfortunately, very little of the original is intact, however visitors can still admire the crypt, choir, and tower.

Northeast of Namur near Franc-Waret is Franc-Waret Castle , a beautiful 17th-century fortified residence. Visitors can tour the castle and grounds; the interior has a variety of original furnishings, artwork, and rare items, while the gardens are carefully tended to appear as they did during the castle's heyday.

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Guildhalls on the Grand Place, Brussels

The capital city of Brussels is a must-see destination for any tourist visiting Belgium, home to not only the seat of the Belgian Royal Family but also the central offices of the European Union.

Thanks to the diverse mix of the city's residents, Brussels is known for its variety of restaurants and cafés that represent many gastronomic heritages. In addition to a thriving and lively city center, the Old Town is home to many historic landmarks and fine examples of Baroque and Gothic architecture.

In the heart of the Old Town, tourists will find the main square, the Grand Place (Grote Markt) . This is home to the imposing Brussels Town Hall (Hôtel de ville de Bruxelles), as well as the city's numerous historic Guild Houses ( Gildehuizeb ).

Nearby, on the Rue de l'Etuve, is the famous Mannekin Pis statue. Also nearby is the stunning Saint-Michel Cathedral , a Gothic church that was begun in 1225 and features twin towers and spectacular stained-glass windows.

Palais Royale in Brussels

Overlooking the old city center is the royal family's official residence, the Palais Royale . On the palace grounds is the excavated Coudenberg Palace Archaeological Site , a fascinating dig site of the original palace's foundations and long-buried streets that is open for tourists to explore.

Adjacent to the palace is The Mont des Arts , home to several museums, including the Belgian Royal Museum of Fine Arts , which features an ancient art wing and a modern art wing.

More national museums can be found on the grounds of the expansive Parc du Cinquantenaire , which is located near the European Union Headquarters. Here, you can find the Belgian Army Museum and Museum of Military History , as well as the Royal Art and History Museum .

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Menin Gate Memorial

Tourists who want to visit some of the most important battlefields, memorials, and conflict-related landmarks will want to start their pilgrimage in Ypres, the sight of some of the most brutal trench warfare during WWI. To get a good overview of the area's involvement and history, as well as see artifacts from the conflicts, visit the In Flanders Fields Museum , located in Ypres's historic Lakenhalle on its main square, the Grote Markt .

After visiting Rijselpoort , the fortified gate where British soldiers set up the command center, tourists typically begin the battlefield tour from Menin Gate. It was from Menin Gate that troops marched into battle, and today it also serves as a memorial to the British soldiers who never returned home after the battles — 54,896 names are inscribed in its surface, and Last Post has been sounded at this spot every night at 8pm since 1928.

The area around Ypres is home to several war cemeteries, including Tyne Cot Cemetery , the largest of the British cemeteries in Flanders. Located about 12 kilometers from Ypres, it is the final resting place for approximately 12,000 soldiers and a memorial to over 35,000 more.

Nearby, tourists will find a smaller memorial dedicated to Canadian soldiers who died in 1915 in the first German gas attack. In the nearby town of Langemark , there is a cemetery for German soldiers with nearly 45,000 graves of the shockingly young men who died here in 1914.

There are additional sites clustered in and around the village of Kemmel , a region that saw heavy fighting. Tourists will find several war cemeteries in the Kemmelberg area, as well as a water-filled crater that was created by the British blasting local mines. Today it is known as Lone Tree Crater , and the body of water is the Pool of Peace .

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Grand Place (Grote Markt) in Antwerp, Belgium

The port city of Antwerp has many cultural and historic sites to visit ; it's known both for its industry and artistic influences. The majority of the city's most significant buildings are on and around the Grand Place ( Grote Markt ) in the center of the old town. In this area, tourists will find the 16th-century Town Hall (Stadhuis), the Butcher's Hall (Vleeshuis), and Rubens' House (Rubenshuis) .

Those arriving by train into the impressive Central Station ( Middenstatie ) will find a treat waiting for them next door at Chocolate Nation , the world's largest Belgian chocolate museum . This is a big hit with families, conveniently adjacent to the Antwerp Zoo . The zoo, which was founded in 1843, is known not only for its population of over 950 species but also for its beautiful Art Deco architecture and stylized animal habitats.

Antwerp is also known for its excellent museums, which explore a variety of topics. History lovers will enjoy the Red Star Line Museum , which focuses on emigration during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) , which includes exhibits about local history, as well as artifacts from around the world. The Museum Mayer van den Bergh is an excellent fine arts museum, as is the Royal Museum of Fine Arts .

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Canal in the old town of Ghent, Belgium

Tourists who want to enjoy the romantic atmosphere of a medieval town without the crowds of Bruges will want to visit Ghent, a rival in architectural and historical significance.

The majority of Ghent's historic guild houses can be found along the Graseli Canal and the Korenlei Canal, including the Koornstapelhuis, which dates from the early 13 th century; the Gildehuis der Metselaars (House of the Masons) built in 1527; and the Tolhuisje (Customs House), which was built in 1682. Those lucky enough to visit in the evening should make time for a canal boat cruise to appreciate the sight of these lovely buildings lit from below.

In the heart of Ghent's Old Town , the impressive Gravensteen is moated by the diverted waters of the Lieve River. This massive medieval fortress was constructed in the late 12 th century and has all the grandeur and classic elements of a fairy-tale castle. Today, it is home to a museum that features artifacts from the building's varied uses, from a royal residence to a textile factory.

If you love exploring castles, you can also visit the beautiful Laarne Castle , which is located just 11 kilometers from Ghent. This pentagonal fortress was built in the 11 th century and also houses historic exhibits.

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Belfry of Mons

Located near the French border, Mons sits between the Trouille and Haine rivers along the route between Paris and Brussels. The Grand-Place de Mons sits in the city center and is home to several historic buildings, as well as plenty of shops, cafés, and restaurants along its picturesque cobblestone streets.

The City Hall ( Hôtel de Ville de Mons ) stands at the head of the city's main square, and the remaining four sides of the large courtyard are flanked by buildings dating to the 15th through 18th centuries.

Just a couple of blocks away from the main square at the top of a hill, you will find the Belfry of Mons , also known as El Caitau. This UNESCO-listed bell tower was constructed in the 17th century in the Baroque style and stands at 87 meters tall with a carillon of 47 bells. Here, you can climb the stairs to the observation platform at the top for panoramic views of the city. At the foot of the hill sits the 15th-century Brabant Gothic Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru .

Mons is also home to several good museums, and history buffs will want to prioritize a visit to the Mons Memorial Museum , formerly called the War Museum . The museum has over 5,000 artifacts relating to the country's involvement and occupation during both World Wars and also includes interactive exhibits.

Art lovers will appreciate the paintings at the Musée des Beaux Arts (Fine Arts Museum), as well as the unique collections at the Decorative Arts Museum Francois Duesberg .

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Saint Peter's church in Leuven, Flanders, Belgium

Located about 30 kilometers east of Brussels, Leuven sits on the river Dijle and is home to one of the country's oldest and most famous universities. You can see many fine examples of Gothic and other architectural styles on the university campus and throughout the city, starting with Leuven's City Hall that features 236 figures on its ornate façade.

Just next door across the Grote Markt sits St. Peter's Church ( Sint-Pieterskerk ), a fine cathedral built in the Brabant Gothic style that houses the Museum of Religious Art . The university's most historic buildings can also be found nearby along the Naamsestraat .

Outside the historic city center, Leuven has several lovely tourist attractions for nature-lovers. The Leuven Botanical Garden Kruidtuin, originally created in 1738 as the medicinal plant garden for the university's medical students, is now home to a variety of flora.

About four kilometers from the center of town, the borough of Kessel-Lo is home to a large nature park that is free to visitors, featuring swimming and paddleboating in the lakes, a petting zoo, and other activities.

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Beach and dunes at Knokke-Heist

Although most people don't immediately think of beaches when planning a trip to Belgium, the west coast offers several excellent choices for those who want to soak up some sun and take a dip.

If you're staying in Bruges and Ghent, you can get to most beaches by car in 30- to 45 minutes at most, but day trips from Brussels and even Antwerp are still reasonable at around an hour-and-a-half by car, with additional options via train. Once you're on the coast, it's super-easy to hop from beach to beach on the Coastal Tram, which has 70 stops.

Knokke-Heist is one of the best known of Belgium's beach resort communities and is located near the Dutch border, only about 19 kilometers from Bruges. The town has four beaches along its 12-kilometer coastline, as well as numerous walking, hiking, and cycling trails that wander through the dunes. Visitors will find that Knokke is also home to an astounding number of art galleries, as well as two excellent museums about local and Belgian history.

Huts on the beach in Ostend

The town of Ostend may be best known as the main ferry port between Belgium and Great Britain, but it is also home to seaside resorts and beaches, conveniently located only 29 kilometers from Bruges. There is a lovely promenade that runs along the beach, and a breakwater that offers good views of the small city.

Ostend is home to six distinct beach areas, including Sportstrand (Sports Beach), which is dedicated entirely to active fun-in-the-sun, with designated areas for volleyball , kite-flying , and surfing , among other beach sports.

If you want to admire the beautiful architecture of the Koninklijke Gaanderijen (Royal Galleries) while you enjoy the water, head to the western end of the two-kilometer Groot Strand.

Meuse river and the Citadel of Dinant

The town of Dinant is located 28 kilometers south of Namur and is a popular place to visit for tourists in the upper Meuse Valley.

The heart of this charming town sits in a narrow swath between the Meuse River and an imposing limestone cliff, atop which a citadel has perched since the 11 th century. The Dinant Citadel can be reached via a 408-step stone stairway that was built in 1577, but nobody will judge you if you opt for the scenic cable car ride instead. Once here, you can explore the battlements, former barracks, kitchens, and dungeons, as well as enjoy stunning views of the valley below.

The 16th-century Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame is another of Dinant's major landmarks, featuring a 100-meter onion dome and a unique perch in the side of the cliffs below the citadel. Other top tourist destinations include the Grotte la Merveilleuse , a major limestone cave system that can be explored, and the Rocher Bayard , an impressive pillar of limestone.

The Meuse Bridge is an excellent spot for photography, and boating on the Meuse River is a popular activity in Dinant. The town is also known for being the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the first saxophone, and visitors will find multiple monuments honoring him throughout the town, as well as tour his former home, which is now a museum.

Saint Michael's Church and Bridge, Ghent

The city of Ghent is home to several of Belgium's most beautiful historic churches, the most lovely of which is the impressive Saint Michael's Church , constructed in the Gothic style of Belgian sandstone. Adjacent to this church is Sint-Michielsbrug ( Saint Michael's Bridge ), and together they are one of the most iconic landmarks in the city.

Another excellent example of Gothic architectural styles is Ghent's Cathedral of St. Bavo (Sint-Baafskathedraal), with a choir dating back to the 13th century and a tower constructed in the 15th century.

Among Antwerp's historic churches is the late Gothic St. Paul's Church ( Sint-Pauluskerk), which is home to paintings by Van Dyck, Rubens, and Jordaens, and the country's largest Gothic cathedral, the Cathedral of Our Lady, which was begun in 1352.

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10 Best Places to Visit in Belgium

By Mike Kaplan · Last updated on June 17, 2024

Traveling in Belgium brings forth images of medieval rooftops, lovely canals, tasty beer, and even more indulgent chocolates. However, there is much for one to see in this remarkable European country, where time seems to move at a slower pace and the people are friendly and welcoming to tourists. From modern cities boasting designer shops and glamorous galleries to cobblestone streets laden with museums and native indulgences, the best places to visit in Belgium have something for everyone to enjoy on a vacation.

10. Mons [SEE MAP]


As the capital of the province of Hainaut, Mons is best known for the magical and surprising ringing of the town’s glorious Belfry bells, which hail from the 80 meter (270 foot) tower. Winding streets allow visitors to easily traverse the city sites that are a rich mixture of architectural styles. The Gothic-style Mons Town Hall is eye-catching, and the Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru boasts a highly impressive collection of 16th century Jacques Du Broeucq alabaster statues. Naturally, a stop by the Van Gogh House is a must to see amazing reproductions of this master’s works.

9. Dinant [SEE MAP]


This city lies along the sparkling Meuse River in the Namur province just 65 km (40 miles) south of the capital city. The Caves of Han and the Grotto of Dinant are some of the natural attractions that bring visitors here. These caves are some of Europe’s largest and most beautiful and are situated in within a Wildlife Reserve teeming with native flora and fauna. However, the city’s landmark, The Collegiate Church of Notre Dame is still remarkable after being partially rebuild post a massive landslide, as does the restored Citadel that overlooks the city. Accesses to most of Dinant’s sanctuaries are accessible with an appointment, but the Sanctuary of Beauraing is open daily.

8. Leuven [SEE MAP]


Home to the oldest Catholic university in the world, Leuven is home about 100,000 residents with nearly 35,000 of them being students that keep the city lively when classes are in session. Two seemingly endless streets are laden with interesting shops and galleries, while the more historical section of the city boasts sites such as the The Belfry on St. Peter’s Church and the Grand Beguinage. Visitors will find much action and things to do in the Grote Market in Leuven, where sites like the City Hall are adjacent to exceptional dining options and street side pubs and cafes. This city’s location makes it an ideal alternative to Brussels as a vacationer’s main hub to explore the rest of the country.

7. Tournai [SEE MAP]


Adjacent to France, the quaint and lovely community of Tournai is an excellent place to tune out the hustle and bustle of larger Belgium cities. More than 2000 years of rich cultural history can be explored here, and this city is home to what is believed to be one of the most beautiful churches in the world – the five-towered Gothic and Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral. Constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries, the cathedral houses the Shrine of Our Lady and works by Ruvens and Jordaens. The town Belfry is the oldest in the country and offers visitors 257 steps to the most remarkable views in the city of Tournai. The Museum of Fine Arts is filled with masterpieces from primitive and contemporary artists ranging from Campin and Rubens to Roger Van der Weyden and Van Gogh.

6. Mechelen [SEE MAP]


A vibrant town that doesn’t draw the tourism that many other Belgium cities do, Mechelen is actually one of the best places to visit in Belgium. From tours of the Beguinage Brewery to river boat tours, there’s much to see and do in this Flanders locale. A trip to the top of the St. Rombout Cathedral’s massive tower is the best way to get a panoramic view of the Antwerp Port and this lovely city. One don’t miss stop is the magnificent Carillion School, where students come from across the globe to get instruction on playing this complex instrument of bells.

5. Ardennes [SEE MAP]


For hiking, biking and camping, visitors to Belgium should head to the rugged hills of the Ardennes with their tight forests, caves and cliffs. They are home to wild boar, deer and lynx and hide a number of friendly villages, lots of castles and a few other notable sights. The impressive caves of Han-sur-Lesse, the castle of Bouillon and the modern Labyrinth of Barvaux are some of the best picks. The city of Namur makes a great base from where to explore the Ardennes and has some fine sights itself too.

4. Antwerp [SEE MAP]


Antwerp is a city with many faces. While it may not be as historically preserved as Bruges or Ghent, it is a very dynamic city, offering a perfect mix of history and present-day modern life. Lovers of great food, great beer, and good times, this city is most well-known for the Diamond District, where more than 70 percent of the world’s rough diamonds are traded. Art abounds in Antwerp , with Revenshuis celebrates the baroque works of Peter Paul Ruebens and the Plantin Moretus Museum is the home of printer and bookbinder Christoffel Plantin. Architectural wonders await with the 1351 construction the gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, and the majestic combination of baroque and Gothic architecture of the Saint Paul’s Church.

3. Ghent [SEE MAP]


Belgium’s best kept secret, Ghent is a city of history. During the Middle Ages, it was one of the richest and most powerful cities in Europe. It was once considered the second largest city north of the alps, after Paris. The impact of this rich past can be clearly seen when viewing the imposing architecture of churches and the houses of rich traders. The whole of the city center is restored in this fashion, and still breathes the atmosphere of a thriving late-medieval city state. This is particularly so along the scenic old Graslei harbour, and grand medieval cathedrals and the Gravensteen castle.

2. Brussels [SEE MAP]


Known for its diversity of sites and places of interest, Brussels is the capital city of Belgium and is likely where visitors will begin their sightseeing. As the headquarters of many European institutions, Brussels might also be considered something of a capital for the European Union.

Most notably, the Grand Place is the city’s center and was established in the 13th century. Terrace cafes and pubs are plentiful around this central square, as are other sites of interest such as the stunning Gothic style Town Hall. Shopping is plentiful amid the Galeries St. Hubert, a centrally located glass-roof arcade filled with shops, cafes, and theaters.

1. Bruges [SEE MAP]

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Located in northwestern Belgium, Bruges is one of Europe’s most well-preserved medieval towns, boasting an old world charm and romantic atmosphere. Once an important center for Flemish art and textiles, Bruges today is best known for its beautiful canals.

Bruges may be the largest city in the West Flanders province, but it is still small enough to explore by walking. The main attraction in Bruges is the postcard-perfect Old Town. Surrounded by picturesque canals and medieval walls, the historic district is teeming in beautiful old architecture including Romanesque and Gothic churches like the Church of Our Lady that houses a Michelangelo sculpture, and the Basilica of the Holy Blood, which claims to possess a vial of blood from Jesus Christ.

The city’s most famous landmark is the Markt Square belfry. Visitors can climb this 13th-century bell tower to admire spectacular views of the city. Other sites not to miss include the spectacular Gruuthuse Mansion, and the impressive Saint John’s Hospital, which was built in 1188.

Must-do activities in Bruges include visiting the museums, which exhibit the city’s culture, traditions and art works by famous Flemish artists. Strolls down cobblestone streets offer dozens of shops selling delicious chocolates, Belgian beer and traditional lacework. Scenic canal cruises are readily available, while horse-drawn carriage rides present romantic experiences.

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The Perfect 5 to 7 Days in Belgium Itinerary

Last Updated on February 13, 2024

by Lizzie Fitzgerald

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Besides Brussels , Bruges and Ghent , it can be hard to know just what to include as part a 5 to 7 days in Belgium itinerary. Often said to be where the north and south of the continent meet, the ‘Heart of Europe’ is incredibly diverse with so many different sides.

As it is quite a small country, Belgium is usually very quick and convenient to get around. This means you can see and experience a lot in just a short space of time when you visit Belgium. Everywhere you go, you’ll find hidden gems, gorgeous architecture and some great food to fuel all your exciting adventures!

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How Many Days in Belgium?

Most tourists unfortunately only spend a couple of days in Brussels or Bruges before heading onto either Paris , London or Amsterdam . This obviously isn’t enough time to get a good feel for the country’s complex communities, their different languages, landscapes and identities.

5 days in Belgium is a great start as you can already fit in its vibrant capital and several of the major Flemish cities. As the distances and times involved aren’t too long, you won’t feel rushed despite seeing so many new places.

If you have 7 days in Belgium, that’s even better as you can also explore the country’s coastline and more of its bustling cities. This is a good amount of time to be able to get a really good feel for Belgium without feeling too rushed.

Canals in Ghent

Getting To & Around Belgium

Due to its location at the crossroads of Western Europe , Belgium is very well connected to the neighbouring countries around it. The small nation’s efficient public transport system also makes travelling very easy and affordable.

One of the main places visitors arrive from abroad is Brussels Airport. Also known as Zaventem, it lies on the outskirts of the capital with flights departing to Africa, Asia and the USA all the time.

Located just outside of Charleroi in Wallonia is ‘Brussels South’; the country’s main cheap flight hub. Cunningly named to entice tourists, it is actually about an hour’s bus or taxi ride from BXL. You can organise airport transfers here.

Otherwise, most travellers arrive in Antwerp, Brussels, Bruges and Ghent by bus or train at one of their numerous stations. There are connections to these stations from neighbouring countries such as Lille in France, Amsterdam in the Netherlands or Luxembourg . You can view schedules here .

As the major Flemish cities lie roughly along the same line and are quite compact cities, taking the train and walking are the best ways to get around both Flanders and Brussels.

You definitely don’t need a car for your one week in Belgium as all of the stops are well-connected by the extensive public transit network.

If you have more than 7 days, you may find a hire car necessary to visit some of the smaller villages and forests in Wallonia. There is more information in the “Have More Time” section below.

Tram in Brussels

5 to 7-Day Belgium Itinerary

This itinerary covers some of the country’s must-see sights in its three main regions of Brussels and Flanders. Whether you have 5 days or a full week, you’re going to see much more than most visitors do.

Day 1 – Brussels

After arriving in Brussels, most people head straight to the Grand Place to see the spectacular square and all its grand guild houses. One of the capital’s most iconic attractions, it lies right next to Manneken Pis – the city’s famous statue of a small peeing boy. You can also  organise a walking tour to learn more about the city when you arrive.

Afterwards, you can stroll about cute neighbourhoods like Les Marolles or the chic Sablon. Both are home to interesting antique shops and some amazing old churches. Expensive chocolatiers such as Pierre Marcolini and Neuhaus can also be found here.

Not all too far away is the impressive Royal Palace of Brussels and several top-class museums focusing on music, Magritte and the fine arts. After taking some pics or perusing their extensive collections, head to Mont des Arts for one of the best views over Brussels.

Back down next to the Grand Place is the world-famous Delirium which has over 2,000 different beers for you to try. The busy bar is also conveniently located near happening nightlife spots like Saint-Gery and Place Sainte-Catherine.

On the way back to your hotel or hostel, grab a packet of andalouse sauce-coated frites and eat them in the Grand Place gloriously illuminated at night – a quintessential Brussels experience.

The Grand Place in Brussels

Where to Stay in Brussels

Motel One Brussels -This centrally-located hotel is perfect for mid-range travellers to Brussels. There are a range of rooms to choose from, an excellent location for exploring the Belgian capital, a great buffet breakfast on offer each morning and an on-site bar to enjoy.

Pillows City Hotel Brussels Centre – This is an excellent hotel for luxury visitors looking for a plush stay while visiting Brussels. They have a range of modern and comfortable rooms on offer, a fabulous breakfast available and plenty of amenities to ensure you have an amazing stay.

Appart’City Confort – Those who’d like to have their own flat while basing themselves in the Belgian capital will love this aparthotel. Offering a range of different apartments, they combine the comfort and amenities of a hotel with the convenience of a furnished flat.

MEININGER Bruxelles City Center – This hostel is a good option for those looking to save a bit of cash when visiting Brussels. Offering both dorms and private rooms, they have a great location and good self-catering facilities, as well.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Brussels hotels!

Day 2 – Brussels

On the second day, take the time to dig a bit deeper in Brussels and enjoy more of the sites of this vibrant and diverse European city.

Spend your morning exploring the Atomium which lies a bit north of the city centre. This structure was built for the 1958 World’s Fair and it is a top attraction when visiting the Belgian capital. It takes about 40 minutes to reach her via metro from the city centre, so make sure to factor that into your daily plans. You can pre-book tickets here.

In the afternoon, spend some time strolling through the lovely Parc du Cinquantenaire and enjoy the vibes in this central green space. And then, as the day is beginning to draw to a close, spend some time exploring the diverse European Quarter where there are a number of interesting sites to see.

You also could take some time to enjoy some of the city’s vibrant street art and just simply enjoy the vibes of this bustling capital.

Parc Du Cinquantenaire

Day 3 – Ghent

Located very close to Brussels along the same train line as the town of Bruges further afield is the absolutely gorgeous Ghent. Although it is often overlooked in favour of Bruges, its small but scenic centre is certainly a must-visit if you have five days in Belgium.

Dominating its historic heart are three centuries-old towers that make for some fantastic photos and viewing from St. Michael’s Bridge.

Aside from entering St. Nicholas’ Church and seeing all its artworks, you can venture up to the top of the Belfry of Ghent and St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Both offer phenomenal panoramas of the city below and other towers beside them.

Strolling along the Graslei and Korenlei quays next to its winding canals is also lovely, especially when all their old buildings are majestically lit up at night. Here you can sit on their steps or at a cafe’s patio for a drink and take relaxing boat trips along the river.

After checking out the gigantic Gravensteen Castle nearby, make your way to the Dulle Griet for more strong Belgian beers in a traditional setting. You can also organise a bike tour to learn more about the city.

As Ghent is a larger, livelier university city, you could always stay a night here if you fancy experiencing more of its vibrant ambience or alternatively head back to Brussels or onwards to Bruges.

Gravensteen Castle

Day 4 – Bruges

If you have 5 days in which to explore Belgium, then you’re definitely going to visit the beautiful city of Bruges at some point. Very walkable, the fairytale Flemish town lies only an hour’s train journey northwest of Brussels. The historic centre of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is absolutely charming.

Once you arrive, just slowly meander your way to the tall spire you see rising in the distance. One of its main landmarks, the Belfry of Bruges towers 83 metres in height and boasts sublime views from up high. You can also organise a walking tour and canal cruise of the historic centre to learn more about the history of the city.

At the foot of the thirteenth-century bell tower is the Grote Markt. Lined by attractive townhouses and lively restaurants, the ‘Venice of the North’s’ main square is always packed with people. The nearby Basilica of the Holy Blood in Burg Square also rightfully attracts lots of attention.

Of course, you can’t miss the Gothic Church of Our Lady and the imposing and beautiful town hall in Beuge, as well.

Other than visiting the Groenige Museum, most visitors spend their time ambling about its pretty cobbled streets and picture-perfect canals.

As Bruges empties at night, it is nice to stay if you want to see the atmospheric city in a different light. You can also take a dark side of Bruges tour in the evening.

The Belfry Tower

Where to Stay in Bruges

Hotel Fevery – If you’re travelling on a mid-range budget, then this 3-star hotel located in city centre is a great choice. Situated in the heart of Bruges, they have a range of lovely rooms on offer and plenty of amenities to ensure your stay is a great one.

Boutique Hotel Die Swaene – This luxury hotel is a great choice for those who’d like a sophisticated and opulent stay while visiting beautiful Bruges. There are a number of fantastic rooms to choose from along with plenty of great amenities. They also have an unbeatable location for exploring the city.

Snuffel Hostel – Those travelling solo or on a tight budget (or looking for a great social atmosphere) will love this central hostel. There are a number of both dorm beds and private rooms to choose from, they have a fantastic location for exploring the best of Bruges and great common areas.

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Day 5 – Bruges

Though Bruges is a relatively small town, it can be worth spending more than a day here to really get a good feel for this lovely little city. There is a surprising amount to do in Bruges so it’s an excellent place to spend your final day in Belgium (if you only have five days to spare).

You have the option of either spending this day seeing some of the sites in Bruges that you didn’t before or you could opt to go on a day trip – the town of Ostend on the coast is a great option.

The latter choice is a good idea for those who only are planning a 5-day itinerary as it allows you to see more of the country in your limited time. If you’re spending 7 days, then spending this entire day in Bruges is the best choice for you.

If you opt to stay in Bruges, then you can spend your day doing activities such as visiting the Choco-Story Museum or the Frietmuseum or even wandering around trying to source the best Belgian waffle in the city (not a bad task, if you ask me!).

Or, if you fancy something with a bit more punch, then consider heading out on a beer tour to sample some famous Belgian beers! If you’re not a beer drinker, then  this food tour with a local is a good alternative.

Canals of Bruges

Day 6 – Ostend & Belgium’s Coast

Travellers with a bit more time may want to visit the coast which is where Belgians go to relax, unwind and enjoy the refreshing sea breeze. As Ostend, its largest city, is located not far from Bruges, you can always combine the two rather than take a ninety-minute train from Brussels.

Rather ugly to look at, its wall of huge high-rises overlooks a long, wide beach that stretches the entirety of the country’s coastline. Aside from lounging on its sands in summer, you can walk or cycle along its broad boardwalk before stopping off for some superb seafood.

Ostend’s bustling centre is also packed with plenty of local shops, several museums and the stupendous St. Peter and St. Paul Church which dates to 1907. If you fancy your luck, there is a large casino that also puts on some top-class shows and entertainment acts.

A wonderful way to actually see all the country’s North Sea coastline is to hop on the Kusstram. Stretching 67 kilometres in total, it is remarkably the longest tram line in all the world. Along the way, you can always get off and explore the beautiful dunes around Bredene or enjoy some fine dining at the chic seaside resort of Knokke.

At the end of the day, you can take the train to Antwerp to give you a full day to explore there or either stay in Ostend or Bruges if you want to spend longer in the area.

The beach in Ostend, Belgium

Where to Stay in Antwerp

Citybox Antwerp – This 3-star hotel in the centre of Antwerp is perfect for those looking for a mid-range place to stay in this Belgian city. They have a great, central location along with several twin, double and family rooms on offer.

Hotel Rubens-Grote Markt – Luxury travellers will love this sophisticated hotel located in the centre of Antwerp. There’s a fab breakfast each morning, several clean and modern rooms available, a lovely terrace and private parking.

Yust Antwerp – If you’re looking for a social and budget-friendly place to stay in Antwerp, you’re sure to love this highly-rated hostel. Offering plenty of dorms and private options, there is also an on-site bar and cafe for guests to enjoy.

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Day 7 – Antwerp

Yet another popular place in Flanders that most people head to is the bustling port city of Antwerp. The undisputed diamond capital of the world, Belgium’s second-largest metropolis has loads of trendy bars, shops and restaurants for you to try out. You can book a walking tour to learn more about the city.

As with Bruges and Ghent, its historic main square is presided over by an enormous Gothic-style spire that towers over 120 metres in total. The tallest church in the Low Countries, the Cathedral of Our Lady displays some exquisite architecture while elaborate altars, artworks and effigies lie within.

If you want to delve more into the country’s rich artistic heritage then the nearby Rubenshuis is the best place to go. The former home and workshop of Peter Paul Rubens contains numerous paintings by the renowned Flemish master.

Also worth a visit is the Red Star Line Museum which presents another side of the city’s history. It instead looks at the lives of the shipping company’s two million or so passengers who passed through Antwerp on their way to the USA.

As it is known for its pounding nightclubs like Ampere and cool, classic bars such as Den Engel, Antwerp certainly has a lot to do once night falls. If you want to wake up early to catch a plane, however, it’s probably easier to head back to Brussels by train.

Antwerp's Central Square

Have More Time?

If you have even more time left to explore the country (woohoo!), then there are countless other cool towns, cities and historic sites you can add to your Belgium itinerary.

While most travellers tend to stick to Flanders and Brussels, Wallonia also has some awesome cities to stop by. The most popular are Namur, its scenic capital, and Liege, its largest city, which boasts an absolutely incredible modern train station.

The WWI battlefields and cemeteries at Ypres are also interesting to check out as is Waterloo – the site of Napoleon’s final defeat in 1815.

Another option is to take a beautiful tram ride to Tervuren from Brussels and visit the fascinating Royal Museum for Central Africa. After seeing the lush, green park and woods outside, you can then head to the nearby Leuven – a lively university town home to lots of lovely architecture.

While the French-speaking region does have some interesting cities such as Namur, Liege and Mons, you can also visit small towns in the Ardennes like Dinant and Durbuy. As they are harder to reach by public transport, it’s best to rent a car so you can make the most of your time in Belgium.

From Brussels, it is only an hour’s drive to Dinant which lies along the banks of the Meuse River backed by dramatic rocky cliffs. Its stunning setting, soaring church and the colourful houses of its old town all make for some fabulous photos and viewing.

Town of Durbuy

What a way to spend one week in Belgium or even longer! There is so much to see and do in this beautiful country that a week may well not seem long enough.

Are you planning to a trip to Belgium? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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We bet you a beer – hell, make that two – that Belgium will exceed your expectations. The country’s highlights range from the ancient and quirky to the oh-so-cool. You can bank on centuries-old castles and boisterous carnivals as well as home-grown haute couture, comic book museums and street art. To sum it all up, here's our list of the best things to do in Belgium.

  • 1. Immerse yourself in Belgium's legendary beer culture

2. Enjoy the beach in Ostend

3. go kayaking and hiking in the ardennes, 4. see the famous altarpiece in st-baafskathedraal in ghent, 5. visit museés royaux des beaux arts in brussels, 6. take a walk around grand-place in brussels, 7. go to musée hergé, 8. see rubens paintings in antwerp’s cathedral, 9. take part in the carnivals, 10. explore bruges, 11. sample exquisite moules, 12. marvel at brussels’ art nouveau architecture, 13. honour the memory of those who died in the war at menin gate in flanders, 14. visit flanders fields museum, 15. study cubism and surrealism art at the musée magritte in brussels, 16. tasting famous belgian chocolate - one of the best things to do in belgium.

The information in this article is inspired by The Rough Guide to Belgium & Luxembourg , your essential guide for visiting Belgium .

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1. Immerse yourself in Belgium's legendary beer culture

Belgium produces more beers than any other country in the world – around eight hundred and counting – making it a top destination for beer lovers looking for things to do in Belgium. There are strong, dark brews from a handful of Trappist monasteries, light wheat beers perfect for a hot summer’s day, fruity lambic beers bottled and corked like champagne, and unusual concoctions that date back to medieval times.

Any decent establishment will have a beer menu, as well as the glasses to go with them – no Belgian bar worth its salt would dare to serve a beer in anything other than its proper glass. To get the full picture of beer culture in Belgium explore our guide to the the top 20 best Belgian beers .


Tasting the variety of beers is on the top of the list of things to do in Belgium © Pennypayton/Shutterstock

Like many of the resorts along Belgium’s coast, Ostend boasts a glorious stretch of beach. From the far end of Visserskaai, there are fine coastal views with the assorted moles and docks of the harbour in one direction, Ostend’s main beach extending as far as the eye can see in the other.

On sunny summer days in Belgium, hundreds drive into town to enjoy the beach and participate in traditional seaside activities such as sandcastle building and kite flying. Soaking up the sun and swimming are also popular things to do in Belgium.

Looking for a perfect European beach holiday? Explore our guide to the 10 best beach holidays in Europe .

Where to stay in Ostend:

  • Best for Art Deco design: Thermae Palace
  • Best for location: C-Hotels Andromeda

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Ostend beach, Belgium © Illya Kryzhanivskyy/Shutterstock

The Ardennes’ stunning hills and valleys are perfect for a range of outdoor activities, and you don’t have to be a well-equipped expert to have a go. With access to two rivers – the wide and sluggish River Meuse and prettier River Lesse – and surrounded by steep, wooded cliffs, Dinant is the ideal base to try some sporting activities.

The Dinant tourist office sells the Carte Dinant, which shows nineteen signposted walks in the Dinant area, as well as two mountain-biking routes of 23km and 32km respectively. If you’re short on time, take a 20-minute walk north along the west bank of the Meuse to the medieval village of Bouvignes.

Kayaking on the River Lesse, which is wilder and prettier than the River Meuse, is a popular activity available from April to September in Belgium and is definitely worth adding to your list of things to do in Belgium.


Frahan village in Ardennes, Belgium © trabantos/Shutterstock

Ghent’s centre is a joy to discover, and its cathedral is home to Jan van Eyck’s Adoration of the Mystic Lamb – one of the medieval world’s most astonishing paintings. The third church on this site, and 250 years in the making, the cathedral is a tad lop-sided, but there’s no gainsaying the imposing beauty of the west tower, with its long, elegant windows and perky corner turrets.

In a small chapel to the left of the cathedral entrance is Ghent’s greatest treasure, a winged altarpiece known as The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (De Aanbidding van het Lam Gods). This is a seminal work of the early 1430s, though of dubious provenance.

Where to stay in Ghent:

  • Best for B&B: B&B Achilles
  • Best for service: Van der Valk Hotel Gent

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Saint Bavons Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium © Alfiya Safuanova/Shutterstock

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You’d have to go an awfully long way to beat Belgium’s best art museum, with superb collections ranging from Jan van Eyck, Bosch and Bruegel to Ensor and beyond. On the edge of Place Royale, the Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts holds Belgium’s best all-round collection of fine art. This is a vast hoard that is exhibited in three interconnected museums:

  • the Musée Old Masters, with art from the Renaissance to the early nineteenth century;
  • the Musée Magritte, devoted solely to the work of the Belgian surrealist;
  • and the Musée Fin-de-Siècle which covers art from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century.

The museums also host a prestigious programme of temporary exhibitions for which a supplementary admission fee is usually required. Visiting Museés Royaux is among the essential things to do in Belgium for anyone who is interested in arts.

Royal Museums of Fine Arts, which features many drawings, paintings and sculptures, Brussels, Belgium © Shutterstock

Royal Museums of Fine Arts, which features many drawings, paintings and sculptures, Brussels, Belgium © Shutterstock

The obvious place to begin any tour of Brussels is the Grand-Place, one of Europe’s most beautiful squares, which sits at the centre of the Lower Town. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of the square’s medieval buildings, however, only parts of the Hôtel de Ville and one or two guild houses have survived, the consequence of an early example of the precepts of total war.

Each guild house has a name, usually derived from one of the statues, symbols or architectural quirks decorating its facade. Inevitably, such an outstanding attraction draws tourists in their droves. That said, there’s no better place to get a taste of Brussels’ past and Eurocapital present.

This tailor-made trip to the Netherlands and Belgium will bring you the best of two countries. From the quaint streets, canals and windmills of Holland to beer and Belgium chocolate tasting in three beautiful Belgium cities.

Where to stay in Brussels:

  • Best for modern stays: nhow Brussels Bloom
  • Best for retro vibes: The Scott Hotel Brussels

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Everyone knows Tintin. This museum is an appropriately thoughtful homage to his creator, housed in a magnificent purpose-built structure. The brainchild of Hergé’s second wife, Fanny Rodwell, the museum concentrates on his life and work. However, his most celebrated creation inevitably grabs the attention.

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A couple of rooms take you through Hergé’s “dreary but happy” childhood, his early cartoon creations and work in advertising and design. While later ones examine the inception of the Tintin stories in detail. Here there are displays on each of the principal characters as well as Hergé’s influences in creating them – travel, science and cinema among them.

Herge Museum dedicated to the life and work of the Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, creator of Tintin © Shutterstock

Herge Museum is dedicated to the life and work of the Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, creator of Tintin © Shutterstock

One of the most beautiful Gothic structures in Belgium, the interior of which is graced by four fine paintings by Rubens, is definitely worth adding to your list of things to do in Belgium. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Mary and is the seat of the Archbishop of Antwerp. It is known for its towering spires, intricate carvings, and beautiful stained glass windows.

The cathedral is home to a number of important artworks, including paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, who was a member of the cathedral's choir and is buried in the cathedral.

Visitors to Antwerp's Cathedral can explore the interior of the cathedral, including the nave, the chapels, and the choir. The cathedral is open to the public and offers guided tours and other educational programs. Antwerp's Cathedral is a must-see destination for anyone interested in architecture and history.

Where to stay in Antwerp:

  • Best for location: Hotel Rubens-Grote Markt
  • Best for budget: Citybox Antwerp

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Belgium’s annual carnivals, which are held in February and early March, are a must-see event for anyone looking for unique and exciting things to do in Belgium. These carnivals are known for their originality, colour, and boisterous atmosphere. One of the most renowned is held in February at Binche, in Hainaut, when there’s a procession involving some 1500 extravagantly dressed dancers called Gilles.

There are also carnivals in Ostend and Aalst, and in Eupen. The action lasts over the weekend before Shrove Tuesday and culminates with Rosenmontag on Monday. This is a pageant of costumed groups and floats parading through the town centre. Most remarkable is Stavelot’s carnival, where the streets are overtaken by so-called Blancs Moussis, townsfolk clothed in white hooded costumes and equipped with long red noses.

Carnivals often reflect people's cultural heritage, read our guide to Europe's 10 best alternative carnivals and perhaps you will be inspired to visit at least one of them.


Binche carnival © Alexander Narraina/Shutterstock

Bruges, with its canals, museums, and gorgeous medieval architecture, is without question one of Europe’s most beguiling cities and a must-see destination for anyone looking for things to do in Belgium. The obvious place to start an exploration of the city is the two principal squares: the Markt, overlooked by the mighty belfry, and the Burg, flanked by the city’s most impressive architectural ensemble.

Almost within shouting distance are the three main museums, the pick of them being the Groeninge, which offers a wonderful sample of early Flemish art. Another short hop brings you to St-Janshospitaal and the important paintings of the fifteenth-century artist Hans Memling, as well as Bruges’ most impressive churches, the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk and St-Salvatorskathedraal.

Explore one of Europe's most intact medieval cities - Bruges, the Venice of the North on this Bruges & Ghent Full-Day Trip . Marvel at the ornate City Hall and the stunning market square in Ghent. Taste the famous Belgian chocolates, the national dish of Moules Frites and beer.

Where to stay in Bruges:

  • Best for families: Grand Hotel Normandy
  • Best for comfort: Hotel Ter Brughe

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Belgian cuisine is second to none but has none of the pretentiousness of French food. The national dish — mussels and fries — proves the point. Mussels (moules/mosselen) are cooked in a variety of ways and served with chips. It is a national favourite at lunch or dinner – indeed it’s effectively Belgium’s national dish.

Traditionally, mussels are only served in season – i.e. when there is an “r” in the month (September to April). They are best eaten the time-honoured way, served in a vast pot with chips and mayonnaise on the side. They are served typically either à la marinière (steamed with white wine, shallots and parsley or celery), or à la crème (steamed with the same ingredients but thickened with cream and flour).


Moules © NeydtStock/Shutterstock

The capital’s middle class took to this style of architecture like ducks to water. Victor Horta and Paul Hankar are the names to conjure with. Some of the best-known Art Nouveau buildings in Brussels include the Atomium, the Cauchie House, and the Horta Museum. The Atomium is a futuristic-looking building that was built for the 1958 World's Fair and is now a popular tourist attraction.

The Cauchie House is a private residence that is known for its colourful and elaborate Art Nouveau decorations. The Horta Museum is a museum dedicated to the work of the Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta and is housed in his former residence.

Learn about the origins and the development of the Art Nouveau architectural style in Brussels on a 3-hour guided tour . Travel to the Bailli district to see several of the most important Art Nouveau houses in the city. Finish at the Victor Horta Museum.


Art Nouveau building © E. Pals/Shutterstock

World War I was decided on the plain of Flanders , a point hammered home by the interminable names on the hulking mass of the Menin Gate in Ieper . East of the Grote Markt, the massive Menin Gate war memorial was built on the site of the old Menenpoort, which served as the main route for British soldiers heading for the front.

It’s a simple, brooding monument, towering over the edge of the town, its walls covered with the names of those fifty thousand British and Empire troops who died in the Ypres Salient but have no grave. Volunteers from the local fire brigade sound the Last Post beneath the gate each and every evening at 8 pm.

Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium © Shutterstock

Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium © Shutterstock

The outstanding In Flanders Fields Museum focuses on the experiences of those caught up in the war rather than the ebb and flow of the military campaigns, though these are sketched in too. At the start, there is an excellent introduction to the origins of the war, followed by a detailed section on the German invasion of Belgium in 1914, describing the damage the invaders inflicted and the atrocities they committed.

Thereafter, the museum outlines the creation of the Ypres Salient and the gruesome nature of trench warfare with discrete subsections on, for example, the evolution of mortars, the use of gas and tunnelling.

Explore the path of the World War II Liberation Route with this tailor-made trip through Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands . Visit important landmarks and museums on the way with this self drive itinerary, with enough time to explore cities such as Brussels and Rotterdam on the way.

The preserved trenches at Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood on the Western Front near Ypres, Belgium © Shutterstock

The preserved trenches at Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood on the Western Front near Ypres, Belgium © Shutterstock

One of the unmissable things to do in Belgium is to visit the Musée Magritte. It displays the definitive collection of works by Belgium’s most famous modern artist. Musée Magritte's four floors are devoted to the life, times and work of René Magritte. Beginning on the top floor, the museum trawls through Magritte’s life chronologically, with original documents, old photos and snatches of film.

There is an early sketch of his wife Georgette, early Cubist efforts and the later surrealist works he became best known for – often perplexing pieces, whose weird, almost photographically realized images and bizarre juxtapositions aim to disconcert. There are posters by Magritte, too advertising drinks, films and commercial products, as well as a selection of the more Impressionistic works he produced in the 1940s.

 West view of the Magritte Museum from the Rue Montagne de la cour © Shutterstock

Magritte Museum from the Rue Montagne de la cour, Brussels © Shutterstock

The Belgians picked up their love of chocolate via the most circuitous of historical routes. The Aztecs of Mexico were drinking chocolate when Hernando Cortéz’s Spanish conquistadors turned up in 1519. Cortéz took a liking to the stuff and brought cocoa beans back to Spain as a novelty gift for Emperor Charles V in 1528.

Within a few years, its consumption had spread across Charles’s empire, including today’s Belgium and Luxembourg. At first the making of chocolate was confined to a few Spanish monasteries. However, eventually, Belgians got in on the act and they now produce what are generally regarded as the world’s finest chocolates.

Even the smallest town will have at least one chocolate shop. Although some brands are everywhere – Leonidas, Godiva and Neuhaus are three big players. Try to seek out independent producers such as Wittamer or Pierre Marcolini in Brussels or The Chocolate Line in Bruges, as their chocolates are usually that bit better.

Discover Belgian chocolate and learn how to make these tasty treats with this Belgian Chocolate Workshop . Enjoy a workshop with the guidance of a chocolatier and make chocolates yourself.

Belgian chocolate, pralines © Shutterstock

Belgian pralines © Shutterstock

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15 Best Things to Do in Brussels (Belgium)

The capital of Belgium , Brussels, is a fascinating place with stunning architecture and fascinating history packed into every street and alleyway. The vibe of the city is hard to put your finger on. Sometimes it seems very business and bureaucracy focused, it is after all the administerial centre of the EU, but at other times it feels laid back and does not take itself too seriously: think Manneken Pis and The Comic Strip Centre.

It is this multi-layered atmosphere that makes Brussels such a great city to visit. It truly has something for everyone and offers European staples such as art and architecture alongside more unusual attractions. Don’t visit Brussels if you are on a diet as the fries, mussels and beer will soon have you indulging.

Spending just a couple of days in the city will allow you to see all of the major and most popular sights but if you are here for a week, you will be able to visit some more obscure, but equally fascinating attractions. Let’s have a look at the best things to do in Brussels:

1. Be Inspired by the Grand Place

Grand Place, Brussels

The Grand Place in Brussels is hidden away in the centre of the city but when you enter on foot, you are guaranteed to be left awestruck.

At the centre of the Grand Place is the beautiful 15th Century city hall but dotted around the square you will also be impressed by the six guild halls and their striking architecture.

The square is worth visiting several times at different times of the day. On certain days there is a flower market in the square and visiting at night is recommended.

2. Step back in time at the Old England Building

Old England Building

The Old England Building in Brussels was formerly a department store and was built in the very last year of the 19th Century.

The building attracts visitors because of its stunning facade but also due to the fascinating and vast musical museum it houses. The museum is home to more than 2000 musical instruments with historic value and gives guests a chance to listen to many of them.

The cafe on the roof of the building provides memorable panoramic views of the city.

3. Visit Brussel’s Notre Dame Du Sablon

Notre Dame Du Sablon

This spectacular Gothic cathedral began life in the 14th Century when it was used as a chapel by the Archer’s Guild.

It was extensively expanded in the next century to the popularity and supposed healing powers of the Madonna statue located within. The statue was allegedly stolen by a husband and wife team of thieves in a rowing boat.

The location of the statue is unknown but the story is commemorated by a lifesize model inside the building.

4. Learn about lace in the Costume Museum

Museum of Costume & Lace

Lace is one of Brussels’ oldest crafts and the art of needlepoint lace, which was first developed in Italy, was one of the main industries in Brussels.

The museum details of lace outfits were made as well as displaying many historical outfits.

The exhibitions are ever changing but are always well presented.

5. Admire Le Botanique

Le Botanique

Le Botanique was historically the botanical gardens of the city and still attracts a large number of guests in the modern day. The greenhouse, which dates back to the 19th Century, now regularly plays host to a range of performing arts and makes the place feel like more of a cultural centre than just a garden.

However if you are into greenery then the surrounding gardens are still intact and present in all their glory, and make for a welcoming change of pace from the city itself.

Ps: Le Botanique is included in the Brussels Bard which you can get here .

6. See the Palais Royal

Palais Royal, Brussels

Although the royal family of Belgium now spend their lives at Laeken, the Royal Palace in Brussels remains as their official residence.

The palace is open for tourists in the summer months and makes a worthy addition to any itinerary whilst visiting the city. The most notable room in the palace has a ceiling covered in the wings of beetles, forming an oddly beautiful mosaic.

The artwork as well as the interior decor is also as splendid as you might expect from a royal palace.

7. Laugh at the Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis

This odd statue has risen to fame and is a popular tourist attraction in the city. The name simply translates to “little man pee” and it has been given this name for obvious reasons.

The statue takes a little bit of skill in hunting down (unless you see it as part of a tour) but it is worth persevering. You will find it by taking the right lane away from the town hall.

The statue is thought to date back to the early 17th Century when it was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy.

8. Get your fill of art at the Musee Royaux Des Beaux Arts

Musee Royaux Des Beaux Arts

If you are craving some top notch art (and you should be when in a European Capital) then look no further than the Musee Royaux Beaux Arts.

The museum incorporates collections of modern and ancient art across a range of styles. Famous works at the museum include the Fall of Icarus and various paintings by the Antwerpen painter Peter Rubens. There are also works by Anthony Van Dyke and Hans Memling on display.

Allow close to a full day to be able to fully appreciate the museum.

9. Relax in the Parc Du Cinquantenaire

Parc Du Cinquantenaire

The Parc Du Cinquantenaire has been around since the reign of Leopold II.

It is a great place to visit for a number of reasons, whether you plan on having a picnic on the grass whilst absorbing the stunning architecture, or whether you intend to appreciate the vast collection of 35,000 artifacts housed in the museums here, a trip to the Parc Du Cinquantenaire should be part of any trip to Brussels.

10. Enjoy a beer tour of Brussels

Beer Tasting in Brussels

Belgians are very proud of their beer and it has played an important role throughout the history of the city.

Tours are available that allow beer aficionados to experience the best pubs in the city as well as learning about the history of the beer and seeing how it is made in one of the city’s breweries. Whether or not you are a beer fan, this tour is worth considering due to the pride and historical value associated with beer in the city.

Tip: check out this Brussels Beer Tasting Tour

11. Appreciate the lesser known history of Brussels

Belgian Comic Strip Centre

It is not widely known or as appreciated by tourists as other aspects of Brussels history but the city is actually known for its comic book history.

The city has a museum which is dedicated to comics; The Belgian Comic Strip Centre but aside from that, you will also get a feel of how important comics are to the city when you gaze up at larger than life comic book murals on the side of building walls.

Hunting these murals down is an exciting way to get around the city too.

12. See and be seen at Cafe Belga

Cafe Belga

Something of an institution in the city of Brussels, the Cafe Belga is hugely popular with locals, expats and tourists alike.

Located at the heart of Place Flagey (which is itself somewhat of a cultural mixing pot), the Cafe has great views, a buzzing atmosphere and great, affordable Belgian cafe food. The cafe gets busy in the summer but this is part of its charm.

Whilst you are in the area, Frit Flagey is well worth visiting and serves some of the best fries in the city.

13. Enjoy the nightlife

Nightlife in Brussels

The nightlife of Brussels is varied and entertaining and has something to suit all tastes and budgets. One of the most worthwhile nights out is Madame Mustache, a club with waiters clad in sailors attire that plays a variety of different music.

Entry is free on weeknights but not weekends (it is also busier at the weekend). Dancing is the best way to enjoy your night here but if that is not to your liking there is always a table football room on offer.

There’s also a 4-Hour Locals Pub and Club Crawl which you can book here .

14. Learn about the city in the Broodhuis


The Flemish name of this building translates to “The Bread House” due to the many centuries that the city’s bread market was held here.

Fittingly, the building is now home to a museum focusing on the history of the city of Brussels. The exhibitions range from the middle ages to the present day and are set over multiple floors.

If you had chance to visit the Manneken Pis, then you may be interested to see his costumes which are on display here.

15. Marvel at the Atomium

View from the Atomium

The Atomium, located in Heysel Park in the West of the city, is a jaw dropping model of an atom which just happens to be a whopping 100 metres tall.

The sculpture was made in 1958 to welcome a new and atomic age to Belgium and is an accurate depiction of an iron molecule except that it is about 165 billion times larger! The glass roofed lift takes guests to the top in a time of only 20 seconds, there they can enjoy a beer and snack before descending.

Admission ticket can be booked here .

15 Best Things to Do in Brussels (Belgium):

  • Be Inspired by the Grand Place
  • Step back in time at the Old England Building
  • Visit Brussel's Notre Dame Du Sablon
  • Learn about lace in the Costume Museum
  • Admire Le Botanique
  • See the Palais Royal
  • Laugh at the Manneken Pis
  • Get your fill of art at the Musee Royaux Des Beaux Arts
  • Relax in the Parc Du Cinquantenaire
  • Enjoy a beer tour of Brussels
  • Appreciate the lesser known history of Brussels
  • See and be seen at Cafe Belga
  • Enjoy the nightlife
  • Learn about the city in the Broodhuis
  • Marvel at the Atomium

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  • 32 Places To Visit In Belgium That Make The Country Irresistible

27 Feb 2024

Belgium is all about a harmonious fusion of old world charm and modern culture and trends. From vintage castles, mansions, museums, and churches to modern architecture, shopping arcades and amusements; this European gem is the home of many spectacular places for all types of vacationers. And if you are planning a trip to this mesmeric country, here’s a complete list of places to visit in Belgium . You may get spoiled by choices while going through the list, so it is recommended to pick the places as per the time in hand, vacation itinerary, and the like. Promising to add a zest of fun and excitement to your journey, these places in Belgium will surely make it a memorable affair while you’re in the beautiful country of Belgium.

Places To Visit In Belgium For Best Experience

Wondering which are the best places to visit in Belgium? Check out our list of famous places that you should visit while you are exploring Belgium. Keep scrolling down and read along! Don’t forget to include the places you like in your itinerary for a truly cherishable trip to Belgium.

  • Brussels : Nightlife And Shopping
  • Bruges : Palaces And Canals
  • Ghent : Art And Serenity
  • Antwerp : The Food Capital
  • Ardennes : Hills, Forests, And Adventures
  • Tournai : World’s Most Beautiful Cathedrals
  • Dinant : Caves And Wildlife
  • Leuven : Best Belgian Breweries
  • Mons : Peace And Relaxation
  • Mechelen : Cruises And Picnics
  • De Haan : Picturesque Beaches
  • Durbuy : Blooming Rhododendrons And Poppies
  • Arlon : A Battle-Scarred History
  • Beguinage : A Lost World Made By Women
  • Genk : Parks And Nature Reserves
  • High Fens : Rare Flora And Faunas
  • Hoge Kempen National Park : Lakes And Pine Woods
  • Knokke-Heist : Unmatched Scenic Beauty
  • Kortrijk : A Shopper’s Paradise
  • La Roche-en-Ardenne : Famous Museums & Animal Parks
  • Liege : Hep Nightlife Scenes
  • Malmedy : Hiking And Biking Trails
  • Zwin : A Birdwatcher’s Heaven
  • Ostend : Beaches And Gothic Architecture
  • Rochefort : World Famous Cafes
  • Namur : Medieval Forts And Rivers
  • Spa : Birthplace Of Thermal Springs
  • Bastogne : Home Of The Wood Of Peace
  • Hasselt : A Classic Destination
  • Ypres : For War Memorials
  • Charleroi : Observe Rich Art
  • Meuse Valley : A Lush Place

1. Brussels: Nightlife And Shopping

The iconic capital city

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Being the capital city and one of the largest hubs of great museums, palaces, chapels and mansions, Brussels is one of the most popular places to visit in Belgium. This is also the administrative capital of the European Union and pulls tourists from different parts of the world. Famous for world-class cafes, pubs, restaurants and shopping arcades – Brussels offers a plethora of options to make your European holiday enchanting and exciting. There are various Brussels sightseeing options in Belgium, for all kinds of travelers that won’t disappoint!

Tourist Attractions: Grand Palace, Atomium, Mini Europe, Mannekin Pis and Tintin Museum Where To Stay: Hotel Amigo, NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg, Radisson Blu Royal, Floris Ustel Midi

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2. Bruges: Palaces And Canals

Where time has stood still

One of the most stunning tourist attractions in Belgium is Bruges- a picturesque medieval town, gifted with historic buildings and canals. The gorgeous palaces, chapels, and mansions of Bruges reflect the history of Vikings while the network of canals, flowing through the city has helped Bruges to earn the title of ‘Venice of the North’. Explore this quaint town in bicycles, enjoy boating in the canal or indulge with Belgian hot chocolate at any of the quaint cafes of the main market square.

Tourist Attractions: Grote Market Square, Belfry Tower, and Gruuthuse Mansion Where To Stay: Hotel Aragon, Floris Hotel, and Golden Tulip Hotel de’ Medici

3. Ghent: Art And Serenity

Ghent: A picture perfect medieval town is one of the most unique places to visit in Belgium.

Another one among the famous places in Belgium is Ghent – a quaint and serene town, endowed with historical sites, medieval structures, and churches of Belgium . Famous for housing the Alter Piece; Ghent is a favorite destination for art lovers and history buffs, but the quietude and charm of the place attract travelers of all kinds. This surreal blend of history and laid back vibes make this town one of the most unique places to visit in Belgium.

Tourist Attractions: St Bavo’s Cathedral with Alter Piece located inside, Gravensteen, Belfry of Ghent and Saint Nicholas Church Where To Stay: Ghent Marriott, Golden Tulip Hotel de’ Medici and Hotel Gravensteen

Suggested Read: Belgium Nightlife

4. Antwerp: The Food Capital

A buzzing hub of art enthusiasts

A true Belgian delight; Antwerp is all about culture, art, and traditions. On one hand, it showcases vintage architectural wonders and palaces but on the other, there are some modern and trendy art galleries and museums. Known for great food and beer, this place is the diamond district of Belgium as more than 70% of the world’s uncut diamonds are traded here. It is one of the best places to visit in Belgium in 2 days .

Tourist Attractions: Plantin Moretus Museum, Rubenshuis, Museum aan de Stroom and Antwerp Zoo. Where To Stay: Leonardo Hotel, Ibis Hotel and TRYP by Wyndham

5. Ardennes: Hills, Forests, And Adventures

Heaven for adventure lovers

Ardennes is a hilly destination and one of the most favorite places in Belgium, among adventure enthusiasts. Ideal for trekking, camping, and biking, Ardennes boasts of thick forests, cliffs, caves and is known for Belgium wildlife and wild animals like lynx, deer, and wild boar. If adventure is what you are seeking on your trip to Belgium, you won’t be disappointed after your visit to Ardennes. It is one of the best places to visit in Belgium in one day.

Tourist Attractions: Castle of Bouillon, Han-sur-Lesse and Labyrinth of Barvaux Where To Stay: Azur en, Hotel Eden and Hotel des

Suggested Read: Castles In Belgium

6. Tournai: World’s Most Beautiful Cathedrals

Tournai is a picturesque destination and tops the list of places to visit in Belgium.

Located at the Belgium-France border, this buzzing city houses one of the most beautiful cathedrals of the world. This is a hub of art and sculptures and allures art lovers and history buffs throughout the year. As one of the most beautiful places to visit in Belgium, Tournai has some great museums and art galleries and the town Belfry is the oldest in the country. If you are looking for interesting things to see in Belgium then do head to this place.

Tourist Attractions: The Belfry of Tournai, Folklore Museum, Musee d’Histoire Naturelle et Vivarium and Notre Dame Cathedral in Tournai Where To Stay: Hotel Cathedral, D’ Alcantara and Floreal le Panoramique

7. Dinant: Caves And Wildlife

The cave city

Situated by the banks of Meuse River in the Namur province of Belgium, Dinant is another tourist delight and one of the finest places to see in Belgium. Home to famous natural caves, caverns of Europe such as Caves of Han and the Grotto of Dinant, as well as the best national parks in Belgium , Dinant has a rich wildlife reserve with exotic biodiversity. Located 65 km from Brussels, Dinant is one of the must-visit Brussels sightseeing spot.

Tourist Attractions: Collegiate Church of Notre Dame, La Citadelle, Charles-de-Gaulle Bridge, Adolphe Sax Statue and Parc de Furfooz Where To Stay: La Panama, Hotel Ibis and Castel-de-pont-a-Lesse

Suggested Read:  15 Festivals In Belgium

8. Leuven: Best Belgian Breweries

bis Leuven Heverlee

Flaunting of best Belgian breweries, Leuven is another name in the list of best places to see in Belgium. This picturesque place is famous for happening marketplaces, street side pubs, cafes and churches, and galleries, like any other Belgian city, but being home to world’s oldest Catholic university, Leuven always buzzes with a student population from different parts of the world. Here, you will also find one of the best hotels in Belgium .

Tourist Attractions: Town Hall, Botanical Garden Kruidtuin, University Library & Bell Tower and Saint Peter’s Church. Where To Stay: Pentahotel, Park Inn by Radisson and Hotel Ibis

9. Mons: Peace And Relaxation

Hear the melodies of Belfry bells

The list of best places to see in Belgium also features Mons. A large cobblestone square, Grand Palace, and age-old town hall await every tourist at Mons- the picturesque capital of Hainaut province of Belgium. But what attracts and fascinates every traveler here is the sweet tunes of town’s magnificent Belfry bells, perched at the top of 270 feet tower. This is one of the best Belgium tourist places.

Tourist Attractions: Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru, Jacques Du Broeucq alabaster statues and Van Gogh House Where To Stay: Congress Hotel Mons Van der valk, Hotel Dream and Hotel Lido

Suggested Read: 10 Best Belgium Beach Resorts

10. Mechelen: Cruises And Picnics

Mechelen: A vibrant town is one of the best places to visit in Belgium.

Located close to Antwerp is Mechelen – another lively and picturesque place in Belgium. Mechelen is unique in many ways. Famous for boat tours and brewery tours; one can climb the massive tower of St. Rombout Cathedral to enjoy the breath-taking view of the Antwerp port or visit the world-famous Carillion School, which is famous for lessons on the complex instrument of bells. It will be really unfair if we don’t mention Mechelen while talking about the best places to visit in Belgium.

Tourist Attractions: Brouwerij Het Anker, St. Rumbold’s Cathedral and Provincial Groendomein Vrijbroekpark Where To Stay: Hotel Hobbit, Best Western, and NH Mechelen

11. De Haan: Picturesque Beaches

De Haan seaside village is regarded as one of the most romantic places to visit in Belgium

Image Source Located in northern Belgium, De Haan is a picturesque village situated on the shores. It is most popular for its 11-kilometer-long beach which is lined with great restaurants, chic cafes, exciting bars, and some of the best homestays in Belgium . But it’s fine white sand and amazing nightlife aren’t all that it boasts. Couples also love to roam around in the streets of Concessie, which is another enjoyable part of this seaside town and makes it one of the most romantic places to visit in Belgium.

The stunning Belle Époque buildings and the grand town hall are something you must not miss out on when you’re here. When here, one can also try hiking and biking on the enormous sand dunes or visit the exciting amusement parks.

Tourist Attractions: Belle Époque, Villa Savoyarde, Spioenkop, La Potinière, Astridpark, De Grote Schamele Weecke, and more Where To Stay: Hotel Astel, Hotel Rubens, B&B Yaca, Villa Verde, and more.

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12. Durbuy: Blooming Rhododendrons And Poppies

Durbuy village in Belgium

Image Source Are you still looking for Belgium tourist places? Tucked away deep inside a serene valley bordered by lush woods, Durbuy always manages to enchant its visitors with its old world charm and its rustic cobblestone lanes and cottages draped in various kinds of flowers like rhododendron, ivy vines, and poppy blooms. The streets and lanes all appear to be laid out across the town in the form of a spider web, making it one of the best places in Belgium for photographers and artists.

The locals are super friendly and might just treat you to a hearty mug of chilled beer once you set foot into the hamlet. Though the town is an ideal place to lay low if you wish to get away from urbanization, don’t be fooled by its laid back and rural vibes. You’re sure to find a number of fine-dining restaurants and craft boutiques here to keep you busy.

Tourist Attractions: Rue des Récollets, Amblève, Topiary Park, Cave Comblain, and more Where To Stay: Azur En Ardenne, Hotel des Comtes, La Lisiere, Hotel Victoria, and more

13. Arlon: A Battle-Scarred History

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Another popular Belgium tourist attractions is Arlon. Arlon is densely populated. It is close to the borders of Luxembourg and France. It is on the crossroads of multiple invaders. There were Celtic, Roman, and Gaullish settlements in the area, and all the fascinating traces of the rich past can be found in Arlon. The Archaeological Museum of Arlon is one of the best places to go in Belgium with your family and friends. This is amoungst the most popular Belgium tourist attractions.

Tourist Attractions: St Donatus’ Church Where To Stay: La ferme d’a Yaaz, Van Der Valk Luxembourg Arlon

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14. Beguinage: A Lost World Made By Women

Estonian Design House

In the thirteenth century, women who wanted to dedicate their entire lives to God without completely withdrawing from the world founded the Beguinages, which were communities created to meet their physical and spiritual needs. They were called the Beguines. This is the history of Beguinage. There are 13 Flemish Beguinages. They are surrounded by ditches and walls.

Tourist Attractions: Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaerde Where To Stay:  Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie, 9 Hotel Central, The Dominican

15. Genk: Parks And Nature Reserves

Enjoy boating at Genk, one of the best places to visit in Belgium for picnic spots.

Genk is one of the best places to visit in Belgium in 2 days. The city is located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt boasting great garden-city design, marshland nature reserves, quiet park and more. You can learn about coal mining in Genk by visiting one of the old coal mines such as André Dumont or take a hike or a bike ride through beautiful Hoge Kempen National Park while in the city. You can also explore the distinctive outdoor museum of sundials at the Genk Sundial Park, which provides one of a kind experience to its visitors.

Tourist Attractions: Bokrijk, an open-air museum, Hoge Kempen National Park, old coalmines of Andre Dumont Where To Stay: Carbon hotel, Hotel Ecu and Green hotel

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16. High Fens (Eifel Nature Park): Rare Flora And Fauna

Eifel Nature Park

High Fens – Eifel Nature Park also called North Eifel Nature Park is truly a heaven for nature lovers. The beautiful landscape is home to rare species of flora and fauna, deep valleys, forested mountain sides. If you are lucky, you can spot the very rare violet copper butterfly, starling-sized dipper which is easily recognisable by its white breast and its liking for swimming and diving. This is the best amongst Belgium tourist attractions .

Tourist Attractions: Rare species of flora and fauna, rolling mountains, picturesque villages. Where To Stay: Hôtel des Bains & Wellness, Hostel Malmedy – Youth Hostel and Au Chat’rme des Blanches Pierres

17. Hoge Kempen National Park: Lakes And Pine Woods

Hoge Kempen National Park

Another stunning Belgium tourist places is Hoge Kempen National Park, which is the first National Park in Belgium located between Genk and the Meuse River Valley. Spread over 5,000 acres, the park consists of big lakes, large pine woods and purple flowering heathland. The highest spot in the park offers a mesmerizing view. The park is home to many rare and special animals such as roe deer, the slippery snake, the swallowtail butterfly and the European beewolf living in the natural habitat.

Tourist Attractions: Information kiosks, Cafeterias, Hiking and mountain biking Where To Stay: Arte Hotel, Hotel Atlantis and Hashotel

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18. Knokke-Heist: Unmatched Scenic Beauty

people on beach

Knokke-Heist is one of the best places to visit in Belgium in one day. It is a small Belgian coastal town located on the edge of the famous Zwin Nature Park. The place attracts tourists from all across the world as the place boasts of its scenic beauty and rich history. It’s known for the surrounding mudflats and gorgeous sandy beach. The most commonly seen birds are oystercatchers and storks. It is also known for The For Freedom Museum which describes the history of the area during the Second World War.

Tourist Attractions: For Freedom Museum, The Zwin, Zwin Nature Park and Knokke Casino Where To Stay: Hotel Adagio, Villa Verdi, Manoir du Dragon and Hotel Binnenhof

19. Kortrijk: A Shopper’s Paradise


Kortrijk is a beautiful city in Flanders, the northern part of Belgium. The city has a wonderful historic center with several market squares, churches, colourful shopping areas and also a creative area. There are these towers called the Broeltowers which are the icons of Kortrijk and make up some of the top places to visit in Belgium. You can visit many restaurants, lunchrooms and coffee places to try some amazing dishes. Also, they have really good vegetarian options.

Tourist Attractions: Broel Towers, Lys and béguinage of Courtrai Where To Stay: Hotel Messeyne, Parkhotel, Bootel Ahoi

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20. La Roche-en-Ardenne: Famous Museums And Animal Parks


Located about 70 kilometers from Liege on the banks of the River Ourthe, La Roche-en-Ardenne is an attractive little town offering you with a variety of things to do and Belgium attractions. Make sure to visit the WWII Museum, Ardenne Ham Museum and the Pottery too to learn about the region’s tradition and history. You can find red deer, wild boar, pheasants, wild sheep, wolves, and many farm animals in the famous animal park on the Deister plateau.

Tourist Attractions: Ourthe, Lake Nisramont, Parc Chlorophylle, WWi Museum Where To Stay: Hotel Beau Rivage, Domaine de I’Alu and Hotel Les Arcades

21. Liege: Hep Nightlife Scenes


Liege is the third largest city in Belgium with vibrant nightlife, lip-smacking food, and drink. The place is known for top class museums and churches as well as art galleries that makes Liege one of the must-visit places for architecture and art lovers in Belgium. Take a long walk through the Coteaux de la Citadelle or enjoy a picnic at the beautifully maintained Parc de la Boverie. To add more charm to your visit to this city, make sure to plan your trip to Liege during festival time. Your one trip during the many different festivals celebrated throughout the year, will tempt you back every now and then.

Tourist Attractions: Montagne de Bueren, Curtius Museum, Parc de la Boverie and St. Paul’s Cathedral in Liege Where To Stay: Hotel Neuvice, Amosa, Smartflats and Crowne Plaza Liège

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22. Malmedy: Hiking And Biking Trails

malmedy belgium

Malmedy, a small town in the Belgian province of Liege offers many key attractions for its visitors. The Baugnez 44 Historical Centre attributes the history of Malmedy during the Second World War. Another historical place, Malmundarium covers the history and culture of the area. All around Malmedy you have got opportunities for hiking and biking trails that will offer spectacular views of the area as you walk past the flowering fields.

Tourist Attractions: Baugnez 44 Historical Centre, Malmundarium and hiking around the city Where To Stay: La Ferme du Pere Eugene, Hotel La Forge, Terrasses de Malmedy 2 and L’Horizon Chambres, Studios & Apparts

23. Zwin: A Birdwatcher’s Heaven

The Zwin Nature Reserve

Zwin is an enchanting nature reserve on the border between Belgium and the Netherlands. It was established in 1952 with its bigger part in Belgium(158 hectares) and a smaller portion in Netherlands.(33 hectares) The reserve is famous for its varied diversity of salt-resistant plants, including a huge number of bird species. It is truly a haven for bird watchers. The reserve has a small zoo as well that houses a number of captivating domestic birds.

Tourist Attractions: Zwin nature park, Zoo Where To Stay: Hotel St. Pol, Strandhotel Cadzand and Ibis Budget Knokke

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24. Ostend: Beaches And Gothic Architecture

Ostend beach

One of the largest cities on the Belgian coast, Ostend has gained popularity because of its port’s strategic location. It is one of Belgium’s favourite tourist destinations famous for its gorgeous sandy beaches, Atlantic Wall Open Air Museum and more. The best way to know the city well is by walking through the narrow streets around Het Visschersplein while enjoying the local produce at the local markets. Don’t forget to notice the magnificent architecture of the Gothic Church of St Petrus and St Paulus.

Tourist Attractions: Atlantic Wall Open Air Museum, Gothic Church of St Petrus and Fort Napolean Where To Stay: Hotel Botteltje, Hotel Monarc and Otia Bij Nacht

25. Rochefort: World Famous Cafes

rochefort bel

Rochefort is a mesmerizing city in the Belgian province which is famous for its many shops and cafes, top class churches. There is a lesser-known gem of a cave system in the city. It is an easy to explore city with almost everything on the main street. known variously as Rue de Behogne, Place Roi Albert 1er and Rue Jacquet. Along the way you will walk past a number of cafes where you can taste Rochefort’s famous Trappist beer.

Tourist Attractions: Domain of the caves of Han, Lessee and Veves castle Where To Stay: Hotel Le Limbourg, La Fayette hotel and Hotel La Malle Poste

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26. Namur: Medieval Forts And Rivers

Namur is one of the top-most places to visit in Belgium during winter season.

Image Source Sandwiched at the confluence of the two serene rivers of Meuse and Sambre, Namur is famous for its high rise citadel that sits overlooking the city and gives it its fame. Namus is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in Belgium owing to this medieval fortress as well as the warm smiles of its people you will be greeted with here everyday. While this citadel was once Europe’s mightiest fortress, it now lies sombre and still, but is still capable of drawing in tourists from far and wide courtesy its oozing charm and overwhelming outlook.

It’s beauty is even compared to that of the many world famous castles in Bruges . Adorned with splendid gardens, offering breathtaking views of the rivers and the city beyond, and bearing a dashing bronze statue of an enormous turtle, this citadel is one of its kind in all of Europe.

Tourist Attractions: Rue de Fer, Hôtel de Gaiffier d’Hestroy, Museum of Ancient Art, Cathedral of Saint Aubain, Diocesan Museum, St. Loup Church Where To Stay: Ibis Namur Centre, Hotel Beauregard, Hotel Les Tanneurs de Namur, Château de Namur

27. Spa: Birthplace Of Thermal Springs

Unwind at spa session, one of the best places to visit in Belgium with your loved ones.

Image Source Tucked in a serene valley in the Ardennes mountains, Spa is a beautiful town in Belgium that is popular for its mineral springs as well as the fact that the word “spa” actually comes from here. Other than being the birthplace of spa, it is one of the best attractions in Belgium also because of the annual Belgian Grand Prix that is held right in the village next door – Francorchamps. It’s also the origin of the famous mineral water brand Spa that is exported all across the world from here.

Tourist Attractions: Musée de la Ville d’Eaux, Church of Notre Dame, St. Remacle Church, Thermes de Spa Where To Stay: Radisson Blu Palace Hotel Spa, Radisson Blu Balmoral Hotel, Manoir de Lébioles, Villa Des Fleurs

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28. Bastogne: Home Of The Wood Of Peace

Bastogne belgium

Image Source This tiny yet charming town in Belgium is located very close to the Luxembourg border and is a great spot for patriots and history lovers. It is the very place where many American soldiers had died one of the biggest battles of WWII’s – the “Battle of the Bulge”. There are many unique memorials across the city that have been established to honour the fallen soldiers and their contribution in shaping this country to make it what it is today.

You must also visit the Wood of Peace dedicated to those American veterans, Belgian combatants, soldiers, and even civilians who had laid down their lives for Ardennes. A dense forest of over 4,000 trees planted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that historic battle, this Wood of Peace is one of the best places to visit in Belgium courtesy of its unique design. The trees are laid out in the image of the UNICEF emblem that can only be seen from above.

Tourist Attractions: Grand Place, Sherman Tank, Mardasson Memorial, Wood of Peace Where To Stay: L’ Ardenne Buissonière, Hotel Leo Station, Hotel Melba, Merceny Motel

29. Hasselt: A Classic Destination

Hasselt: A Classic Destination and a town with canal, is one of places to visit in Belgium with your partner.

A flemish city and municipality, Hasselt is a classic destination known for housing the best villas in Belgium . The town is composed of several small communes like Spalbeek, Wimmertingen, Kuringen, and Stokrooie, and the hamlets of Kiewit and Rapertingen. You can also take a boat ride at the Demer river and Albert Canal, which runs through the town. Perhaps, this destination is one of the must see places in Belgium.

Tourist Attractions: Bokrijk, Japanese Garden, Plopsa Indoor Hasselt, Herkenrode Abbey Where To Stay: Villa Saporis, Grandes Villas de France, Radisson Blu Hotel

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30. Ypres: For War Memorials

A War Cemetery is one of the most popular places to visit in Belgium

A major town located in the western Flanders region, Ypres is one of the must visit places in Belgium. The town represents the losses of World War 1 through the battlefields around, war museums and memorials. Many important buildings were destroyed during the war but the Belgians have managed to re-constuct a few including the famous St. Martin’s Cathedral. It is one of the topmost places to visit in Belgium in Winter . You can also  enjoy multiple shopping destinations such as the Grote Markt.

Tourist Attractions: Cloth Hall, Bellewaerde, Menin Gate, Tyne Cot Where To Stay: Hotel Novotel Ieper Centrum Flanders Fields, Albion Hotel Ypres, Chez Paul

31. Charleroi: Observe Rich Art

Witness the scenic beauty of Charleroi, one of the most popular places to visit in Belgium

If you are wondering about where to visit in Belgium that’s offbeat as well as modern, then the answer to your question is Charleroi, an art-centric modern city in Hainaut. You can explore an overload of art in the city including the City Hall, depicting Belgian folk songs, St. Christopher’s Church signifying the old times of Mosaic, the Museum of Fine Arts showcasing the ultimate painting collection. In short, there are plenty of art places to explore. Once you are done with the art, you can actually taste the best of Belgian food at the restaurants and cafes – another form of cultural exploration.

Tourist Attractions: River Sambre, Bois du Cazier, Musée de la photographie à Charleroi, Aulne Abbey Where To Stay: Hotel ibis Charleroi Centre Gare, Auberge de Jeunesse de Charleroi, Class’Eco Charleroi

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32. Meuse Valley: A Lush Place

Flowers and Lake in a Valley is one of the best places to visit in Belgium

A valley in a European country means the very best of mother nature. Located in the southern part of Belgium, you can get the true feel of a lush countryside. Take a boating trip across the river, admire the beautiful scenery and visit the beautiful towns surrounded by dense forests. This is one of the most famous romantic places to visit in Belgium, located between the towns of Dinant and Namur. You can find the best places and opportunity for hiking, cycling and trekking in Belgium . 

Tourist Attractions: Argonne massif, Lorraine Regional Nature Park, Verdun historical sites Where To Stay: Le Château De Conde En Barrois, Chez John et Thomas, La Chambre d’Amis

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Belgium is the dream of many travelers and if you ever get to live it, make sure you see at least some of these incredible places to visit in Belgium that make the entire nation proud. Don’t think much and book your trip to Belgium right away! And if you know of any more places to explore in this beautiful country, let us know in the comments section below.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Belgium

What is the best city to visit in Belgium?

All the cities in Belgium are awesome and have something unique to offer to travelers. From Brussels, Bruges, Ghent to Antwerp, every city in Belgium is worth visiting.

What are the things to do in Belgium?

There is a range of fun and exciting things to do in Belgium, like eating fries and waffles and drink copious amounts of beer. You must go for sightseeing tours in Belgium to catch the true vibe of the place.

What can you see in Belgium in 3 days?

There’s a lot you can do in Belgium on a 3 days trip. From touring the many cities like Brussels and Antwerp to engaging in the many popular activities like tasting craft beer and chocolates, visiting the museums and castles, cycling around the cities, hiking and trekking, and much more.

How many days do you need in Belgium?

A duration of 4 nights and 5 days is ideal for exploring the best of Belgium. However, the place is full of surprises and you won't regret staying even for a week in Belgium.

How long do you need in Brussels?

A duration of 2 days is enough for exploring places to visit in Belgium Brussels.

Where should I go for a weekend in Belgium?

If you’re in Belgium, you can spend a weekend in Antwerp, Ghent, Hasselt, and Ypres.

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23 most beautiful places in belgium to visit this year.

4 Jan 2022 | Belgium , Destinations , Europe

Wondering which are the most beautiful places in Belgium for your next visit? Let me help you! I grew up in the east of Belgium, in a small village in Limburg. I then moved to Antwerp, and I’ve now been working and living here for more than 10 years. I feel completely at home here. 

People often ask me if I would ever move out of Belgium, as I love to travel and spend so much time abroad. But Belgium feels like a real home to me, and I love the security and comfort I have here. It’s a mesmerising country, though often underrated – which is exactly why I’m going to take you to the most beautiful places in Belgium to add to your bucket list.

Most beautiful places in Belgium to visit

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23 Most beautiful places in Belgium

Belgium is a small country, so it’s super easy to travel through. Travelling from the north to the south takes no longer than 3 hours by car. Along the way, you’re spoiled with stunning architecture and astonishing scenery. 

Brussels is the capital of Belgium, and from here you can explore more of the country by day trips or on extended road journeys, enjoying stops along the way. 

The cities of Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent are without doubt the top cities to visit in Belgium, so definitely add them to your to-do list. You can also opt for a day by the sea, or immerse yourself in our gorgeous natural scenery on bike or foot. Belgium has something to offer everyone and besides the fickle weather, it’s a beautiful country that will charm you instantly.

Belgium is associated with beer, chocolate and football (and of course, everybody knows us for holding the record as the country who’s gone longest without a government). 

Some people tend to make fun of our tiny spot on the world map. But fortunately, Belgium is so much more than just the place where you can eat the best fries and chocolate in the world. If you love modern world history, there is no better place like Belgium to visit many tourist attractions such as Mini Europe, Flanders Fields museum and other World War II sites.

Most beautiful places Belgium

Preparing for your trip to Belgium Travel Inspiration

Public transport in belgium travel guide: getting to the country.

Brussels Airport is one of the most important hubs in Europe, so it’s easily accessible from all corners of the globe. We also have airports in Deurne (Antwerp), Charleroi and Ostend.

When traveling from North America, I recommend flying to Brussels and then connecting to the rest of the country by road (renting a car), or using public transport. 

We have an extensive train network, with direct trains (including high-speed trains) from Brussels to Paris, London and Amsterdam (among others). 

When you’re in Belgium, you can reach all cities by train . Although I have to be honest, our public transport is quite expensive and does not always run punctually.

You can also easily move around Belgium by car. There are good highways that help you move around the country quickly, but just beware of our rush hours. Driving around the major cities between 7:00 – 9:00 am and 4:00 – 6:00 pm guarantees you’ll stumble into a couple of traffic jams.

Belgium overall is a safe country, and you can travel solo, or as a group, without any issues. 

As a European Union member, Euros is our official currency, and we have three official languages. They are Dutch, French, and German. But English is spoken and you shouldn’t have issues in popular cities. However, I do recommend learning a few phrases in Ducth and French – depending on the region you are planning to visit! It will be handy to communicate with the locals or staff in small towns. 

In terms of visa, US passport holders can travel to Belgium visa-free, and stay here for upto 90 days. 

Where to stay in Belgium? Here is my guide to the best places to stay in Belgium

Most beautiful places in Belgium to visit

23 Most beautiful places in Belgium to add to your bucket list

Here’s a list of the most beautiful places to visit in Belgium

From the fashion capital Antwerp to hiking around Le Tombeau de Géant or visiting historic castles, there’s never a dull moment in our underrated European gem. Keep reading to find out more about the most beautiful places to visit in Belgium.


Yep, you read that right – sand dunes in Belgium.

My favorite spot in Belgium is without a doubt the Lommel Sahara. This is where I grew up, and I still love to visit this beautiful park in the north east time and time again. 

You can enjoy a pleasant hike, indulge in a picnic with friends by the water, or just relax and do nothing in the tranquility. It’s one of the most beautiful natural areas in our country, and I highly recommend it to everyone! 

You can even grab yourself a free hammock on-the-go when you register at the info desk.

Address: De Souverein, Sport Veldstraat 10, 3920 Lommel. The park has a huge parking lot where you can leave your car.

Most beautiful places in Belgium to visit


Did you know that Maaseik is part of a cycle path network of over 2,000 kilometers – most of which are completely car-free and pedestrian-only? 

The unique road system, the convenient cycling map (for sale at Maaseik Tourism) and the handy number plates at each junction help you find your way without a hitch – even if you spontaneously divert from your intended course. You can find more info about Maaseik here.

Hotel tip : For an overnight experience in nature, you should stay at Warredal , Maaseik. Sleep under the stars in a treehouse in the middle of the forest!

Location: Maaseik is 1.50 hours by car, or 2.50 hours by train from Brussels 

Two days of nature and adventure in Maaseik


Visit the helixagon in linter.

Helixagon comes from ‘Helix’ and ‘Hexagon’, two figures that occur frequently in nature. The artwork from Frederik Vaes is a playful ode to nature and the bee. A tilted and twisted hexagonal viewing tube on the beautiful landscape.  

Address: Rodestraat 3350, 3350 Linter (about 50 minutes by car from Brussels or 1.25 hours by train).

Most beautiful places in Belgium to visit


Want to see something truly unique during your trip? The architect duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh built a breathtaking transparent church in Borgloon. The beautiful landscape is visible through the church, both from a distance and up close. The unique church appears both present and absent from the landscape at the same time.

The construction weighs no less than 30 tons. It’s 10 meters high, and consists of 100 stacked layers of steel plates in the shape of a Loons church. Visit it during sunset to witness the colourful setting sun shining through the church!

Hotel tip: Stay at Hoeve Roosbeek. You can find more details here . 

Address : Grootloonstraat 2, 3840 Borgloon. 

Most beautiful places in Belgium to visit


This floating staircase is made of stainless Corten steel, with a colour that reflects the iron sandstone heritage of this part of Belgium. The Vlooyberg Tower is over 20m long and 11m high. It was built in 2013. 

It serves as a lookout point, and it’s located at one of the highest locations of the Hageland (around 80m).

Address: Oudepastoriestraat 22, 3390 Tielt-Winge (Travel to Tielt-Winge from Brussels in 45 minutes by car, or by train in 1.25 hours). 

Most beautiful places in Belgium to visit


This water castle can be found in the green valley of the Wingebeek, nestled between the hills of the Hageland. The castle, with its large pond and moat, is home to the famous Belgian cartoon character De Rode Ridder by Willy Vandersteen. 

A beautiful parkland extends around the castle, owned by the Agency for Nature and Forests.  

Address : Horststraat 28, 3220 Holsbeek (Travel to Horst Castle by car in 45 minutes, and by train in 1.25 hours from Brussels).  

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Haspengouw guarantees stunning sights all year round, but April is by far the best month to explore this region. Make sure you’ve got your camera handy – all the trees are in bloom at this time of year, so you’re guaranteed a wonderful one-of-a-kind floral display! 

The trees only bloom on average around 10 days per year and it’s difficult to predict exactly when this will happen, so do some research before visiting to avoid disappointment. 

Hotel tip : Stay at B&B Maison Mairie Hasselt . You can find more details here .

Address : An hour away by train, or drive from Brussels.

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When it comes to the best cities to visit in Belgium, Ghent is a super fancy city for both architecture and shopping. You’ll find plenty of boutique shops in a gorgeous authentic setting. 

Be sure to sit and enjoy a drink or a snack taking in the beautiful view over the water, or take a boat trip through the city center.

When in Ghent, you must try their local sweet, the cuberdon! A cuberdon is a traditional cone-shaped Belgian piece of candy from the East Flanders Region. It’s hard on the outside but gelatinous on the inside – and it has a really short shelf life. Because of this, it’s only available in Belgium, making it a delicious exclusive treat.

Address : 45 minutes by car from Brussels or less than 40 minutes by train.

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A visit to the mystical castle ‘Het Gravensteen’ absolutely cannot be missed on your to-do list of the most beautiful places to visit in Belgium. 

This important sight in Ghent is a castle with a very turbulent history, closely intertwined with the complex political and social history of the city. It’s the only remaining medieval moated castle with an (almost) intact defense system in Flanders. Your visit to the Gravensteen will give you a complete picture of knight culture in the 12th century in Belgium.

Address: Sint-Veerleplein 11, 9000 Ghent  

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Antwerp is definitely one of the best cities to visit in Belgium – but did you know we have the most beautiful train station in the whole of Europe ? Whether you actually need to take a train or not, you definitely need to check out this amazing station when visiting Belgium. 

If you want to snap some Insta pics in the station, make sure to be there around 6:00 am – the station becomes extremely crowded in the early mornings!

Hotel tip : De Gulde Schoen, you can find more info and details here .

Address: Koningin Astridplein 27, 2018 Antwerp. 45 minutes by car from Brussels or less than 40 minutes by train.

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Many visitors worldwide flock to Antwerp every year for this world-famous festival. Is it really worth the trip? 

The short answer is yes! It’s simply a phenomenal festival that will blow you away. Not just because of the music, but also through all breath-taking details like the podium constructions, mystical signalizations, unique lighting concepts and much more. 

Tomorrowland is truly a fairytale. The festival takes place each year in July, with different types of tickets going on sale far in advance.

Address: De Schorre in Boom. 30 minutes from Brussels by car, or 1.25 hours by train. 


Missed out on your chance to grab a ticket for the festival? No worries – the De Schorre domain is a beautiful slice of nature in Belgium. It’s also a great day out with children. 

You can do a pleasant walk here in search of trolls that are hidden deep in the forest. There’s also a barefoot path that the kids will love – I highly recommend a visit!

Address: Schommelei 1, 2850 Boom. 30 minutes from Brussels by car, or 1.25 hours by train. 

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Discover the most beautiful alley in the country: De Vlaykensgang in Antwerp. The alley used to be home to shoemakers who had to sound the cathedral’s bell, and the poorest people in the city used to live here. 

It’s now filled with antique shops, galleries and even an exclusive restaurant, Sir Anthony Van Dyck. 

The alley dates back to the year 1591 and connects the Hoogstraat, the Oude Koornmarkt and the Pelgrimstraat. When you step through the gate at Oude Koornmarkt 16, you imagine yourself in another time. You can find a more detailed blog post about Antwerp here .

Address : Vlaaikensgang 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium. 45 minutes by car from Brussels or less than 40 minutes by train.

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Gallery saint- hubert brussels.

If you are spending a weekend in Brussels , you need to visit the Gallery Saint Hubert. Initiated by the architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer, the spectacular Galeries Royales project took shape in the 1830s. 

The works began in 1846 and were (almost) completed in time for the official opening on 20 June 1847. The gallery includes several shops, auditoriums, cafes, restaurants and apartments. 

Right away, it became the place to be seen for the fashionable. Instantly the Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert drew a wide audience attracted by the many luxury brands, elegant cafes and cultural hotspots. 

Address: Galerie du Roi 5, 1000 Brussels. 

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Brussels is without a doubt one of the top cities to visit when in Belgium. Stroll around the Grote Markt, enjoy the famous landmarks and most spectacular historically-preserved architecture in our country! 

You’ll also find plenty of nice souvenir shops, and the finest chocolate from the world’s most famous chocolatiers. Brussels City Hall is also located at the complex, and its museum is worth a visit.

Hotel tip : Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel Place Rouppe .

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La Hulpe Castle is located in the heart of a vast domain classified as an exceptional Walloon heritage. This castle is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places to visit in Belgium. It was once owned by Count Solvay and the architecture is based on the French castles. 

It is a beautiful area to enjoy a pleasant walk, they even welcome dogs in the park!

Address: Chaussée de Bruxelles 111, 1310 La Hulpe. ( 30 minutes by car and train from  Brussels).

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Walzin Castle is located in Dréhance, which is a part of the greater area of Dinant, in the province of Namur. This neo-gothic castle stands on a steep rock above the right bank of the Lesse, where the river flows over into the Maas. It’s a beautiful castle, definitely worth a visit from afar. 

Though as it is a private domain, unfortunately it’s not possible to visit the castle itself. Despite this, the castle is still one of the most beautiful places in Belgium to visit.

Address: Rue de Walzin 1, 5500 Dinant. ( 1.25 hours by car from Brussels or 2 hours by train).

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Dinant is without a doubt one of Belgium’s most hidden gems. Historically speaking, its location on the water and along multiple trade routes supported the economic development of this charming town. 

Dinant is located in the French-speaking municipality of Namur, and is known for its colorful scenery. What makes the city so picturesque is the lovely Meuse river that flows through it. 

It also has a perfect blend of culture, adventure and nature. I have to admit I only discovered Dinant recently! 

Because of coronavirus, I was unable to travel abroad – so I was ‘forced’ to explore my own country a bit more. It was a real pleasure to tick this city off my Belgium bucket list.

Address: Located 1.25 hours by car from Brussels or 2 hours by train.

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A place for both young and old to enjoy! The park of Furfooz near Dinant invites you to enjoy its archaeological, natural and geological heritage. You can discover it to the fullest during a pleasant walk, around 4 kilometers long, along the edge of the river Lesse.

Entrance fee is 5 euros. 

Address: 79 Rue du Camp Romain, 5500 Dinant. ( 1.25 hours by car from Brussels or 2 hours by train).

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Close to Nismes lies Fondry des Chiens, a protected and unique place in Belgium (occasionally referred to as the Belgian canyon). Millions of years of reclamation in the limestone have created this huge canyon, which reaches up to 20 meters! In short, a unique piece of nature in Belgium and definitely worth a visit.  

Address:   Located 1.30 hours by car from Brussels or 3.50 hours by train.

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Belgium’s nature at its finest! Hidden in the most southern point of our country is without a doubt one of the windiest places in Belgium – you will be blown away by its pure beauty! 

This place helps you forget all your worries while enjoying the sweeping panoramic view and a wonderful hike through the Belgian Ardennes .

Address: Moulin du Rivage, 6833 Bouillon. Located less than 2 hours by car from Brussels, or a 4 hour train ride away.

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Without doubt one of the most beautiful sights in Belgium is Rocher Du Hat. Located in the picturesque village of Chiny and hidden deep in the forest, you’ll stumble across the perfect place to get away from all the stress and bustle of our everyday lives with your whole family.  

Address: 6810 Chiny, Belgium (2 hours by car from Brussels or 4 hours by train). 

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A unique historical gem that reminds us of our important role in industrial history. This city is a model for the respectful conservation of our heritage. It is no coincidence that Mons was proclaimed the European Capital of Culture in 2015. Read all about the sights in Mons here .

Address: An hour by car or train from Brussels. 

Van Gogh House Mons


Go to the fairy tale old town centre of brugge .

The fairytale old town of Brugge must not be missed from your Belgium bucket list. Home to the beautiful market square, and one that is filled with historic buildings including a 13th century Belfry tower, Brugge makes for a great visit at any time of year, but it is particularly magical in the winters!

Do make a stop at the Burg square, a 14th-century Stadhuis (City Hall), and go on a romantic canal tour to enjoy the city from the waters! 

Address: It takes 1.25 hours by car from Brussels or 1.25 hours by train. 

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If you are craving some time outdoors, then look no further than the Hoge Kempen National Park. This is the first recognized National Park in the region of Flanders, and is located in the province of Limburg. 

The national park is home to pine forests, with a gorgeous landscape of ponds, and lovely flora covering it all. There are hiking trails of all difficulty levels, and you can also go cycling, horse riding or more! You can also see  rare animals and other fauna that live inside the park in a natural setting.

Located only an hour or so away from the capital city of Belgium, Hoge Kempen National Park is perfect for a weekend trip. You can book overnight accommodation at the park, and relax and rejuvenate soaking in the views of the mountains. 

Read about hiking trails in Flanders here

Address: 3630 Maasmechelen, Belgium (It takes 1.25 hours by car from Brussels). 

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So there you have it. These are some of the most beautiful places to visit in Belgium, and also my personal favourites. Belgium is home, and if you are planning a trip here, I say – do it! You won’t regret it – there is nature, history, and who doesn’t love chocolates? I know I do!

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Exploring Top 24 Places to Visit in Belgium That Will Captivate You

Belgium is a country known for its charming cities, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine. With so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming to decide where to visit. In this blog post, we will explore 24 must-visit places in Belgium that will make your trip truly unforgettable. From historic landmarks to picturesque towns, Belgium has something for every traveler. Join us as we uncover the beauty and charm of this irresistible country. You can access the article “ The Ultimate Guide: 50 Best Destinations to Travel to in January “.

24 Places To Visit In Belgium

Are you looking for the top tourist destinations in Belgium? We have compiled a list of famous places that you must visit while exploring Belgium. Just keep scrolling down and read on! Make sure to include these places in your itinerary to have an unforgettable trip to Belgium.

  • Brussels: Iconic Landmarks and Vibrant Nightlife
  • Bruges: Historic Palaces, Canals, and Artisan Culture
  • Ghent: Artistic Treasures and Tranquil Serenity
  • Antwerp: Culinary Delights and Cultural Marvels
  • Ardennes: Adventure Amidst Picturesque Hills and Forests
  • Tournai: Architectural Splendor of Magnificent Cathedrals
  • Dinant: Exploring Caves and Experiencing Wildlife
  • Leuven: Craft Beer Capital and Architectural Marvels
  • Mons: Discovering Peaceful Retreats and Cultural Heritage
  • Mechelen: Cruising Canals and Enjoying Scenic Picnics
  • De Haan: Serene Beaches and Coastal Charm
  • Durbuy: Blooming Gardens and Historical Heritage
  • Arlon: Uncovering Stories of Battle-Scarred History
  • Beguinage: Exploring the Legacy of a Unique Community
  • Genk: Natural Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • High Fens (Eifel Nature Park): Rare Flora and Fauna Amidst Nature
  • Hoge Kempen National Park: Lakeside Tranquility and Pine Forests
  • Knokke-Heist: Scenic Beauty and Coastal Elegance
  • Kortrijk: Shopper’s Paradise and Architectural Splendor
  • La Roche-en-Ardenne: Museums, Animal Parks, and Natural Beauty
  • Liege: Vibrant Nightlife and Cultural Scenes
  • Malmedy: Hiking Trails and Cycling Routes Amidst Nature
  • Zwin: Birdwatching Haven and Coastal Conservation Area
  • Ostend: Beachfront Relaxation and Gothic Architecture

1- Brussels: Iconic Landmarks and Vibrant Nightlife

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Best Places to Visit in Belgium: Top 10 Destinations

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Looking for the best places to visit in Belgium? Strap in, as we take you on a whirlwind tour of this charming little gem tucked away in the heart of Europe.

From awe-inspiring medieval towns to buzzing modern cities, Belgium is set to exceed your wildest expectations.

Ready to uncover these top 10 destinations? Let’s dive in!

Let’s start our Belgian journey in the enchanting city of Bruges. Its cobblestone streets, whitewashed almshouses, and well-preserved medieval architecture look like they’ve been plucked straight from a fairy tale. And then there are the canals, gracefully winding their way around the city, earning Bruges the nickname ‘The Venice of the North’.

While you’re here, don’t miss the bustling Markt, an open square surrounded by colorful, gabled houses and dominated by the impressive Belfry. For art lovers, the Church of Our Lady houses Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child sculpture.

Pro Travel Tip: Delight your taste buds with local treats. Try the ‘moules frites’ (mussels and fries), wash it down with locally-brewed Brugse Zot beer, and top it off with a world-famous Belgian waffle.

2. Brussels

Next, we head to the vibrant heart of Europe, Brussels. This bustling metropolis is a melting pot of languages and cultures. As the administrative center of the European Union, Brussels offers an appealing blend of modern vibrancy and historical charm.

The Grand Place is an architectural marvel, showcasing opulent guild halls, the stunning Town Hall, and the King’s House. Just a short walk away, you’ll find the cheeky Manneken Pis statue, a symbol of Brussels’ irreverent spirit.

Don’t forget the Atomium, a striking piece of mid-century architecture, offering panoramic views of the city. And for the royalty enthusiasts among us, the Royal Palace opens its doors to the public every summer.

Pro Travel Tip: Be sure to explore the city’s comic book route – a homage to Belgium’s rich history of comic art, featuring mural paintings of characters like Tintin and the Smurfs.

Third on our list, Ghent is the city where old meets new in a harmonious blend. Home to a large university, Ghent combines a historic core with a vibrant, youthful energy.

St. Bavo’s Cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and houses one of the world’s most coveted artworks – the Ghent Altarpiece, also known as “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”. Make sure to pay a visit to Gravensteen Castle, a robust medieval fortress with panoramic views of the city.

Pro Travel Tip: For the night owls, Ghent’s music scene is worth diving into. The city’s music venues, festivals, and bustling bars make for a lively night out.

Next up is Antwerp, the diamond capital of the world. It’s a city of arts, fashion, and stunning architecture that makes it a must-visit destination.

Start at the Cathedral of Our Lady, a Gothic wonder that towers over the city. For animal lovers, the Antwerp Zoo is one of the oldest and best-regarded zoos in the world. Don’t miss the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, which houses an impressive collection, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, and other Flemish masters.

Pro Travel Tip: Indulge in some retail therapy in Antwerp’s fashion district, known for its avant-garde designers. And if you’re feeling particularly lavish, explore the Diamond District where more than 80% of the world’s diamonds are traded.

Let’s now venture to the picturesque town of Dinant, nestled along the Meuse River and backed by steep cliffs. This is a place that exudes charm at every turn.

The Citadel, reached by cable car or a 408-step stairway, offers breathtaking views of the town. The Collegiate Church of Our Lady, with its distinctive onion-shaped bell tower, is another must-see. For music fans, visiting the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, is a must.

Pro Travel Tip: Enjoy a tranquil boat tour on the Meuse River for a different perspective of this enchanting town.

Historic, lively, and famed for its university, Leuven offers a different flavor of Belgium. Visit the Old Market, often referred to as the ‘longest bar in the world’ due to the multitude of cafes and bars lining the square. The Beguinage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers peaceful strolls among traditional houses. Don’t forget to check out the M – Museum Leuven, which hosts a unique collection of both old and contemporary art.

Pro Travel Tip: Engage with the local student life, and make sure to sample the local beer. Leuven is home to Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest beer company in the world!

Often overlooked, the city of Namur is a hidden gem. Sitting at the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre rivers, its crown jewel is the mighty Citadel of Namur, offering sweeping views over the city. Explore the charming streets leading to the Saint Aubin’s Cathedral and the Felicien Rops Museum, dedicated to the provocative 19th-century Belgian artist.

Pro Travel Tip: If you’re an active traveler, cycle along the Meuse River to enjoy the city’s scenic natural backdrop.

We’re off next to the vibrant city of Liège, famed for its lively culture, nightlife, and friendly locals known as ‘Liégeois’. Start at the Palace of the Prince-Bishops, an impressive architectural landmark, and then take on the challenge of climbing the 374-step stairway of Bueren Mountain for panoramic views of the city.

Pro Travel Tip: Try to visit in July when the city comes alive with its famous 14th of July folk festival, ‘Le Quatorze Juillet’. Expect music, dancing, and a lot of local cheer!

Known as one of Belgium’s oldest cities, Tournai is steeped in rich history. The city’s star attraction is the Cathedral of Our Lady, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 12th century. Another must-see is the Belfry of Tournai, the oldest in Belgium, which offers expansive views of the city.

Pro Travel Tip: Be sure to explore the local artisan workshops – Tournai is known for its fine porcelain.

10. Mechelen

Last, but certainly not least, is the historic city of Mechelen. Located between Brussels and Antwerp, it’s a city full of charm with St. Rumbold’s Cathedral and the Mechelen Toy Museum being two of its top attractions.

Pro Travel Tip: For a breathtaking view of the city, climb the tower of St. Rumbold’s Cathedral. On a clear day, you can see as far as Brussels and Antwerp!

From the enchanting waterways of Bruges to the lively squares of Leuven, Belgium is a country teeming with unforgettable sights and experiences. Each city offers its unique charm and alluring attractions, promising something for every kind of traveler.

Belgium’s cultural richness, architectural gems, and delightful cuisine are waiting to be explored. Have you visited any of these cities or had a unique Belgian experience?

Share your story in the comments below. And don’t forget to share this post with friends or fellow travelers who might be planning their own Belgian adventure.

Happy travels!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time to visit belgium.

The best time to visit Belgium is during spring (April to June) or fall (September to October) when the weather is generally mild and the crowds are fewer. However, keep in mind that Belgium has a maritime temperate climate, which means it can be unpredictable and rain is possible at any time.

Is Belgium Expensive to Visit?

Compared to its neighboring countries, Belgium is moderately expensive. Costs will vary depending on your personal spending habits and the city you are visiting. Major cities like Brussels and Antwerp are more expensive than smaller towns.

Do People in Belgium Speak English?

Yes, a large percentage of the population in Belgium speaks English, especially in the cities and tourist areas. However, the three official languages are Dutch, French, and German.

What is Belgium Famous For?

Belgium is famous for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and delicious food. It’s known for its medieval towns, Renaissance architecture, and being home to the European Union headquarters. Food lovers will enjoy the famous Belgian waffles, beer, chocolates, and fries.

Do I Need a Visa to Visit Belgium?

If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need a visa for tourist or business trips lasting up to 90 days. For other nationalities, it’s recommended to check the visa requirements with the nearest Belgian embassy or consulate in your home country.

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A European holiday to cherish its culture and cuisine can never be complete without exploring the splendid tourist places in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium. Being at the crossroads of cultures (the Germanic in the North and the Romance in the South) and playing an important role in Europe, Brussels fits the definition of the archetypal "melting pot", but still retains its own unique character. The bilingual city makes up for a remarkable tourist destination for lovers of history and culture. The city also has a diverse and exciting mix of exhibitions, fairs, and festivals happening every single year. Brussels is becoming a center for art, design, and style with the big names in international fashion opening up boutiques in the city. Brussels attracts a lot of tourists because of number of museums, a thriving nightlife and plethora of shopping opportunities.

There’s lots to see in the city from the bizarre comic strip to enjoying its café culture in the Grand-Place. Tourists can visit the momentous Palais Royal, once home to the Belgian royal family, before climbing to the top of the Palais de Justice. Bring out the inner child at the Belgian Comic Strip Museum, take a whirlwind tour of the continent at Mini-Europe or spice up your taste buds at a chocolate shop. Just don't overlook to pay a visit to Brussels' beloved little fountain, the Manneken Pis, to see what fashion the little statue is sporting. Belgium is to beer what France is to wine, it is home to one of the greatest beer traditions in the world, and Brussels is a great place to sample some of the vast variety on offer. For connoisseurs of food, Brussels is replete with choice plenty of choices for waffles, fries and chocolate. Tourist places in Brussels boasts of its small-town charm and will leave every tourist captivated by their alluring beauty.

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Bruges is an important city in the beautiful country of Belgium, which has been a favourite among tourists for many years. Fondly known as ‘The Venice of the North’, Bruges is mainly famous for the connecting canals it has, with beautiful gothic style buildings and monuments located on its banks. Seeing pretty swans floating on the canal waters is indeed an add-on!

Bruges is a place which is a home to some of the best artworks in the world, displayed at the numerous museums over here. The churches, old buildings of historic importance and monuments here are so beautiful and intricate that you will be stunned to see them. You will feel like you have entered a scene from a fairy tale book when you roam on the streets of Bruges. If you are looking for a break from all the tensions and want to experience a sheer feeling of calmness along with exploring some of the most undiscovered and exceptional monuments and places, there is no other perfect place than Bruges. It is a perfect destination for young travelers but if you are aged physically but still have spirits of a young person, you can totally visit this place.

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Antwerp is one of the most decent places in Belgium which is located in northwestern Belgium and is one of the most prosperous cities in Europe. This city has been considered as one of the most important ports in Europe since medieval times and it’s also a popular shopping destination with lots to see and do. It is one of the great places to visit in Belgium if one wishes to find several exciting museums, theatres, and fantastic restaurants. One can even catch a canal cruise or hop on board one of the city’s many bike-sharing systems. Antwerp is known as the diamond capital of the world because of all the diamond merchants who make their homes there. It is one of the most famous places in Belgium where one can go on some short or long bicycle tours or even ride a boat down these historic canals. The city is very walkable and there are  plenty of places to sit and enjoy a coffee, beer, or a delicious meal. With a latitude located near the North Sea, the weather is generally mild and temperate in Antwerp in general. The average summers in Belgium are often humid and hot because of the many lakes that line up to form a portion of their coastline. As for wintertime, it can be cold in the north but milder in the southern parts where Brussels is situated. Its weather pattern changes from day to night because during summertime, Antwerp experiences more hours of daylight than any other location on earth besides Iceland's capital Reykjavik.

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Liege is located in the heart of Belgium and the city is famous for its unique history, vibrant culture, rich medieval architecture, and fascinating museums. This is one of the great places to visit in Belgium that showcases its rich culture and history. This picturesque city is the second-largest and second-most-populous in Belgium. There is also a wide variety of museums in the area, including the Henri Leys Museum which showcases Liege's 19th-century history. It is a perfect place to visit for anyone who's fond of art and its ethics. It is one of the famous places in Belgium to do things like have a beer at the marketplace, see the city from atop the Citadel at night, and walk around in the old town. Liege has got one of the most famous bars in all of Belgium. The Bar Des Arts is a music venue and restaurant with an art-deco style building with two wide terraces overlooking the river Meuse. The weather is generally mild but If one visits the city in summer then the weather is quite comfortable. The summers are short with mild days and cool nights and the spring and autumn are really enjoyable too, with some cold days, but also warm enough for sunbathing.

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Charleroi is located in Wallonia and it’s the second-largest city in the country. It is a Swiss-French micro-region and is also one of Belgium’s most multicultural cities. It's very popular for its various cuisines like French, Belgian, Italian and more. It is one of the great places to visit in Belgium and the city is located in an important coal-mining region and is the capital of the province. The Grande Place is a symbol of this city and the place is breathtakingly beautiful, filled with a variety of buildings from different periods, including guild houses from various craft professions. It has historic churches that are lined up on its east side which makes the place more beautiful than ever. With its scenic lakes and panoramic view over the valley of the river Cheers, it has been called one of Belgium's most picturesque towns because it offers many opportunities for walks or bike rides along its cobbled streets or forest paths alongside riverside parks with picnic spots and playgrounds. The golf park and the natural area of Charleroi are some of the most famous attractions of the place which are worth visiting. It is one of the best places in Belgium where the weather is neither too hot nor too humid. The climate is mild, while seasonal variations are not very pronounced. The winters are colder than the summers, while rainfall and temperatures are medium throughout the year.

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Mons is one of the best Belgium Tourist places. This city gets its name from Mons Sacraal which means that it is the old city that was built on top of an older historical site. Mons Sacraal became such an important place to live because it was protected by natural barriers which allowed people to live without being attacked by outside forces since there were no natural weaknesses for invaders to exploit unlike other places in Europe. A charming city just a few hours away from Brussels, Mons is full of history and medieval charm. It's the capital of the province of West Flanders, which has been called "the land where French Flanders once was." It is packed with some great places to explore, including the bustling market square which dates back to 1378. One can enjoy great European cuisine at Patisserie Claude Chevre, wander through its many churches and religious buildings - most notably Notre Dame de la Grace - or enjoy some local beer in one of its many cafes. It is also a well-known European holiday destination with a wide range of things to do including a museum, a botanical garden, and breweries. It is one of the nicest places in Belgium where the weather is warm, the people are friendly and cosy, and the atmosphere is relaxed.

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Mechelen is one of the best Belgium Tourist places which is located in the north of the country in the province of Antwerp. Mechelen is also famous for his proximity to European Union institutions like the EU Commission, European Parliament and EU Court of Justice. The place is famous for its medieval city centre and historic buildings and This historic town has lots of fascinating buildings, some dating back to the Middle Ages. It is nice to watch artists at work. It is also home to an art centre called the Bonnefantenmuseum which houses over 150 paintings dating back to the 16th century. The museum’s collection spans many areas of art including Dutch Golden Age painting. There are also many museums, for example, a museum devoted to comic films. The place was originally a Roman Catholic Diocese but now it is the capital city of the Flemish region in Belgium. Mechelen is also one of the oldest cities in Belgium known to have given its name to a family which ruled part of France under an earlier name - Flanders. The place has a huge number of attractions to explore which makes it well worth a visit. Here the weather is good and people are kind, just like its name. It is a small town with a population of 30,000 people situated in the south of Belgium, on the border with the Netherlands.

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Ghent is a great place located in East Flanders and is famous for its 19th-century historical centre, which was a prosperous city in the medieval period. Medieval Architecture houses one of Belgium tourist places most spectacular churches in Europe, it’s a Gothic Mystery featuring a mixture of architectural styles with a predominantly French design. The place is well-known for its sculptures and paintings, even though it has a lot more than just those two things to offer visitors. Ghent has several amazing restaurants which offer delicious meals and have a remarkable ambience. It is one of the famous places in Belgium to do unusual activities like go to a museum, enjoy a view, and eat delicious food. It also includes activities like visiting places where one can learn about nature and how it works, such as the Rodeberg metro, which crosses the water. Also, it is famous for its beautiful buildings which includes the Belfort tower and the Liebfrauenkirche basilica, which are two of the most well-known buildings in town. It has weather like spring all year long and there are many things to do in Ghent including sightseeing and learning about the history of the place. The weather here is pleasant throughout the year but the best time to visit the place is in the months of March and April as the atmosphere is calm and blissful.

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Leuven is one of the great Belgium Tourist places which is located about 30 kilometres from Brussels and about 60 kilometres from Antwerp. People can visit this place because it has a rich Belgian heritage and the city centre is renowned for its many historic buildings that date back from Roman times to Contemporary Art. Leuven is one of the great Belgium places to visit to see the oldest bridge in the country, the Halve Maen. You'll find this bridge in the heart of Belgium's capital during a wonderful walk across the city. There's almost an 8 km long boardwalk which leads past numerous museums and castles to a beautiful place with an 18th-century view over Leuven and its surroundings. Leuven is one of the famous places in Belgium to do things like family trips, day trips or even weekend breaks. There are many other activities to do in Leuven such as going for a drink or trying some beer tasting at one of the several pubs or going see one of the many churches such as Catholic, Renaissance, Gothic or Baroque Notre-Dame Cathedral. Along the cobbled streets are cafes, shops, old churches and big red brick buildings, it is also home to many iconic breweries. The weather in Leuven is cold but not too cold and one feels good walking around. It is the capital of the province of Flanders and is well known for its university. The city has a lot of history and is full of monuments, cafes and restaurants and interesting shops.

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Ostend is one the best Belgium Tourist places located on the North Sea coast, about 10 kilometres from Bruges, in West Flanders, Belgium at the coast. It is also called "The Pearl of the North" because it has a beautiful coastline. The town has a rich history and is home to many attractions such as Casino Kursaal; the cliff; the end of the pier etc. It has beautiful beaches, oyster beds which are full of life, sea cliffs with seabirds nesting in their nooks & crannies, and plenty of stretches for cycling plus some lovely countryside towards Knokke. It is a beach town in the northern province of West Flanders. The town's main attraction is the Cape of Ostend, an iconic coastal promenade that was once home to Queen Emma, wife of King Leopold II. There is plenty to explore near the cape, including the Casino Kursaal and Beach Tourist Office. The best time to visit the place is between August, September and October when one can go to the beach and visit the grand parks of Brussels. The weather here is always nice and it is not too busy making the place always perfect to plan a vacation.

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Namur is located in the hills and valleys of Wallonia. Wallonia is known for its beautiful landscapes and picturesque cities, such as Namur. Namur has become an important town in Belgium because it is centrally located and there are many things to see and do here. It is one of the great Belgium places to visit to see its cultural heritage as it is located in the heart of Wallonia, Namur is a fairytale city, steeped in history and legend. It is one of the great places to visit in Belgium if one wants to visit museums, such as the Ethnographical Museum, which explains how people lived before electricity was used; the Museum of Fine Arts and the Martyr's Museum. The city also welcomes visitors to enjoy a walk around its old part or enjoy picnics in its parks. The city has a well-preserved historic centre built around a medieval citadel, that offers hidden treasures waiting for those seeking them out: artisanal shops; galleries; craft stores; boutiques or artisans’ workshops. One can go to the Namur Zoo, admire the world’s largest tapestry, or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants,  shopping for souvenirs, visiting museums such as Het Paleis and De Schatkamer, watching a women's soccer team compete in the iconic stadium, or even visit the Middelheim Park where there is a large sanctuary of owls. It is one of the most beautiful places in Belgium where the weather is hot and the temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. The best time to visit this place is in the months of November and December when the surroundings are more blissful and calm.

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Huidenvettersplein, situated in Belgium, epitomizes historical charm with its cobblestone streets and picturesque surroundings. This quaint square, named after the leather workers who once inhabited it, exudes a timeless elegance. Lined with charming cafes and artisanal shops, Huidenvettersplein invites visitors to wander its narrow lanes and soak in its old-world ambiance, making it a delightful destination for exploring Belgian heritage.

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The Masons Guild Hall in Belgium stands as a testament to centuries of craftsmanship and architectural prowess. This historic edifice, nestled in the heart of Belgium, showcases intricate stone masonry and exquisite design, reflecting the skill and dedication of its creators. Serving as a hub for masons to gather, share knowledge, and hone their craft, it continues to inspire admiration and appreciation for the art of building.

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Ghent City Hall

Ghent City Hall, a Gothic architectural marvel in Belgium, epitomizes the city's rich history and cultural heritage. Completed in the late 15th century, its stunning facade features intricate detailing and ornate spires. As the seat of municipal governance for centuries, it stands as a symbol of Ghent's civic pride and administrative prowess. Today, it continues to awe visitors with its timeless beauty and historical significance.

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Cathedral of Our Lady

Cathedral of Our Lady

The Cathedral of Our Lady, located in Antwerp, Belgium, is a majestic Gothic masterpiece that commands attention with its towering spires and intricate architecture. Dating back to the 14th century, it boasts stunning stained glass windows, awe-inspiring vaulted ceilings, and a rich history that draws visitors from around the world. As a symbol of faith and cultural heritage, it remains a cherished landmark in Antwerp.

The Rubens House

The Rubens House

The Rubens House in Antwerp, Belgium, is a cultural gem celebrating the life and work of the renowned Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. This stately mansion, once Rubens' home and studio, now showcases a rich collection of his paintings, drawings, and personal possessions. Visitors can immerse themselves in the artist's world, exploring the opulent interiors and gaining insight into his artistic genius.

Belfry of Ghent

Belfry of Ghent

The Belfry of Ghent stands tall and proud, a symbol of civic pride and architectural prowess in the heart of this historic Belgian city. Rising majestically above the medieval skyline, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a glimpse into Ghent's rich past and vibrant present.

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St. Nicholas Church, often found in various locations worldwide, is dedicated to St. Nicholas, a revered Christian saint known for his generosity. These churches typically serve as places of worship and community gathering, embodying the spirit of compassion and charity associated with St. Nicholas. 

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Collegiate Church of Notre Dame de Dinant

The Collegiate Church of Notre Dame de Dinant, situated in the picturesque town of Dinant, Belgium, is a striking example of Gothic architecture.

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St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, is an architectural marvel and cultural treasure. Dating back to the 10th century, it underwent various renovations and expansions, resulting in a stunning blend of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque styles. The cathedral houses numerous masterpieces, including the renowned Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers. With its towering spires and intricate detailing, St. Bavo's Cathedral stands as a testament to the city's rich history and artistic heritage. Visitors are captivated by its awe-inspiring interior, adorned with splendid artwork and historical artifacts, making it a must-see landmark in Ghent.

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The Citadel of Dinant is like a big, old castle sitting high on a cliff above a river in Belgium. It was built a long time ago to protect the town from enemies.

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Gravensteen Castle, situated in the heart of Ghent, Belgium, stands as a formidable testament to medieval architecture and history. Translating to "Castle of the Counts" in English, this imposing fortress encapsulates centuries of European heritage within its stout walls. Originally constructed in the 12th century by Count Philip of Alsace, the castle served as a symbol of power and authority for the Counts of Flanders.

Rising majestically above the cobblestone streets of Ghent, Gravensteen's robust stone walls and towering turrets evoke a sense of awe and reverence. Its strategic location along the River Lys made it a crucial stronghold during the Middle Ages, offering both defensive capabilities and a vantage point over the surrounding countryside.

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Standing majestically in the heart of Belgium, this Gothic church enchants visitors with its soaring spires, intricate stone carvings, and breathtaking stained glass windows.

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1. Hasselt: It is one of the great Belgium Tourist places of Limburg, and one of the three provincial capitals (together with Leuven and Aalst). It is also the largest city of both the Voeren region and, with a population just under 100,000, of Belgium's east. 2. Kortrijk:  It is one of the great municipal Belgium places to visit in West Flanders, Belgium. The name presumably derives from "Korte rei" which means "short river".Kortrijk was first mentioned by Count Baldwin IV of Flanders in 1040. 3. Beguinage:  It is traditionally one of the great Belgium places to visit since it's a  female area in many Belgian cities. In these areas, women could go about their daily business safe from the prying eyes of men. The only other residents were female members of the order, and outsiders were forbidden from entering without an invitation. 4. Arlon:  It is one of the  international Belgium places to visit which is located in Western Europe. It's split into five major regions, with the Flemish region being on the Northern side of the country, while Wallonia is on its Southern border.

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1. Burg Square: It is one of the most happening places to visit in Belgium and is the perfect spot to sit down and relax. Rows of colourful houses, restaurants, cafes and shops surround the square. The place is serene and astoundingly calm which makes it one of the most romantic places in Belgium. 2. Atomium:  Atomium i.e. one of the best and most beautiful Belgium Tourist places. Atomium is a building shaped like an enormous unit cell of an iron crystal. It was imagined and drawn by the Belgian architect and expatriate to the U.S.A. Joseph Sorel, a very gifted and creative architect who was a Belgian who had a Belgian education and lived in the USA. 3. Train World:  Train World is one of the beautiful famous places in Belgium with a new addition to the metropolitan area of Antwerp and Brussels. With over 20 acres of land and a 40,000 sq ft building, it provides train enthusiasts with a whole new world to explore. 4. Exhibition Hall:  Exhibition Hall Plantin Moretus is yet another one of the amazing places to visit in Belgium, a printing museum and cultural space in Antwerp with an impressive collection of books and prints from before the year 1501

Which are the best Wildlife Parks to visit in Belgium?

1. The Zwin:  Zwin is one of the great wildlife places to visit in Belgium. It is a natural barrier that stretches about 18 kilometres east of Brussels in Belgium. It is an area where the estuary of the river Scheldt meets another river, itself an extension of the Scheldt, that has its source in Eastern Walloon Brabant near Schaarbeek. 2. Eiffel Nature Park:  The Eiffel Nature Park is one of the best Belgium Tourist places which is about an hour away from Brussels. This is a perfect place for a family outing, where one can feel the fresh air and nature around you. 3. Antwerp Zoo:  Antwerp Zoo is one of the oldest wildlife places to visit in Belgium, which opened in 1843. It is home to more than 1,200 animals, many of which are endangered. It is one of those places in Belgium where the terrain spans over 27 hectares with the majority consisting of orchards and natural habitats for animals. 4. Bellewaerde:  Bellewaerde is one of those places in Belgium which feels like a village. The village is about an hour's drive from Ghent, and one's first impression of its interior architecture may be that it is rather insignificant.

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Tourist Places To Visit In Belgium

Belgium is a smallish cute country in the Western part of Europe , renowned for its chocolate, fries, beer and of course, diamonds. The country is also home to loads of palaces, churches, canals and lovely foot bridges. Most people here speak Dutch, French and nowadays English too. So getting by in the country is not much of a hassle for tourists. It doesn’t matter if you are an architecture buff or love World War stories, if you are a beach baby or like to hike in mountains; Belgium is welcoming you to all this and more. Here are some of Belgium’s most coveted tourist places to visit.

Brussels:  Tourist Places To Visit In Belgium

The capital of Belgium, Brussels is a diverse city and also bilingual. So in addition to French, Dutch is also spoken widely. You can easily get by talking in English as well. The city is renowned for its European Union headquarters, the iconic Grand Place (city centre established back in the 13th Century) and the Gothic Town Hall nearby. In addition to these, you can explore the pubs and cafes on the streets for fresh brews of beer and frites/yummy fries, hop around shops of Galeries St. Hubert with a piping hot Belgian waffle in hand or visit one of the many theatres for a performance.

Antwerp:  Tourist Places To Visit In Belgium

A port city on River Scheldt, Antwerp is otherwise known as the Diamond hub of the world. Why, you must have known at least one Gujarati Diamond merchant taking frequent trips to this city. This is because Antwerp sees the trade of most number of rough diamonds in the world, not just recently but since the last 500 years. The city may not have historic buildings or UNESCO sites but is a definite modern take on Belgium. Visit the Grote Markt (Antwerp’s central town square), the 17th-century Rubens House and go see the works of baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens. The art in this city is beyond imagination and can be found at the Revenshuis and Plantin Moretus Museum.

Bruges:  Tourist Places To Visit In Belgium

Bruges is the city of canals, emitting a strong Viking history in its buildings, monuments and the sheer spirit of its force. The city is also lovingly called the ‘ Venice of the North’ and boasts of some amazing sites like Grote Market Square, Provincial Court, Gruuthuse Mansion, Belfry Tower and the 10th Century Saint John’s Hospital. You can also take rides in the canals and enjoy the heavily Dutch-influenced culture of Bruges.

Ghent:  Tourist Places To Visit In Belgium

Ghent is a city that has less coverage on the popular tourism haunts in Belgium but which really deserves a top spot. The city is like a secret of Belgium, hiding its rich medieval history when it was one of the most powerful cities of Northern Europe . This shows in its stunning architecture that has no expense spared, from the churches to decadent houses of traders and merchants, from the old-fashioned city centre to the Graslei harbour. You must also visit the Gravensteen castle along with other cathedrals around the city to peep into its past.

Ostend:  Tourist Places To Visit In Belgium

Ostend, or also fondly known as the ‘city by the sea,’ is a beautiful seaside paradise in Belgium, kissing the North Sea. The coast of this city boasts of long sandy beaches and promenades that have their own unique culture. One of the best places to visit in Ostend is the 3-masted 1930s ship docked on its harbour, which is today converted to a floating museum. Explore the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, hike up Fort Napoleon and enjoy your spring or summer holidays on the beaches of Ostend.

Ardennes:  Tourist Places To Visit In Belgium

Ardennes is an adventure delight in Belgium, a city that opens its arms wide for those who are interested in biking, camping, hiking and trekking. The ruggedness of Ardennes’ hills coupled with its thick forests, caves and steep cliffs make it a natural contender for the back-packing adventure and thrill seekers. You will also find here castles, cheery little villages and animals like deer and wild boars. Visit the Han-sur-Lesse caves, Labyrinth of Barvaux  and Bouillon Castle. Make Namur city your base to do all of the above.

Tournai:  Tourist Places To Visit In Belgium

Tournai is Belgium’s transition city into France , located as it is on the border of the two countries. Therefore the city has a heavy french influence with a strong Belgium core, what with its idyllic village-like feeling and the rich cultural history of Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Shrine of Our Lady and the small town of Belfry. Also do visit the Museum of Fine Arts to see the incredible works of artists like Van Gogh, Rubens and Roger Van der Weyden. If you want to give the history-lessons a rest then spend a day at the Jungle City Amusement Park.

Mons:  Tourist Places To Visit In Belgium

Mons is a magical fairy-tale like town in Belgium, known for its ringing Belfry bells and the winding streets that look right out of Tintin comic books. Do visit the Gothic themed Sainte-Waudru and admire the 16th Century alabaster statues on display. Also stop by at at the Van Gogh House, take a walk by the Grand Place and pay a visit to the hauntingly beautiful St Symphorien Military Cemetery.

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Jun 15, 2024 • 7 min read

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Be ready for the quirks of Belgium with this planning and cultural guide © tunart / Getty Images

Belgium is petite. Fall asleep on a Paris to Amsterdam train and you could miss it all together – well, maybe, if you’re a heavy sleeper.

But crammed into this fascinating little land are some of Europe’s great medieval cities (including Bruges , Ghent  and Antwerp ), the EU capital Brussels and no less than three national languages. 

Fabulous chocolate, brilliant beers and baffling bureaucracy are all part of the mix in a place with a surprising range of cultural and practical quirks that are well worth knowing about before you arrive.

1. Local menus probably won't include Brussels sprouts

Given the name, you might imagine Brussels sprouts heavily featured on many Belgian menus. Although sprouts were first cultivated in 13th-century Flanders, Belgians themselves more likely see endives as their most archetypal national vegetable. 

Known as witloof in Dutch and chicons in Belgian French, the classic recipe wraps them in ham and slathers them in white sauce. However, over the last 30 years, a lack of interest in this labor-intensive farming practice has seen Belgian endive production nose dive. 

Some fear that the vegetable might become virtually extinct within a generation, but scientists are working hard to save the popular vegetable. 

A cobbled square full of tables and chairs outside restaurants

2. You'll pay for water but you don't need to tip

Belgium has super standards of public health, a socialized medical system that's the envy of neighboring countries and yes — despite occasional scares — most tap water is completely fine to drink. 

But that’s not what you’re likely to hear if you have the bare-faced temerity to ask for eau du robinet in a restaurant. Eateries happily supply free bread, and there’s never a requirement to tip Belgian serving staff, but for H2O you’re expected to stump up for a bottle of mineral water. A beer is often cheaper.

3. Carry coins: you may need to pay to use the bathroom 

Cash usage is plummeting in Belgium, and most places now expect plastic or phone money. But not everywhere. It’s especially worth keeping a few euro coins in your pocket in case you need to use older public toilets.

Yes, unfortunately, some motorway services still have a pay table guarding the facilities. Even some bigger restaurants charge you to go. Whether you classify McDonald's as a “restaurant” or not, its central Ghent branch requires payment.

Old street with flower shop in historic city center

4. Cash payments are rounded up to the nearest €0.05

Unlike in the neighboring Netherlands , €0.01 and €0.02 copper coins are technically still legal tender in Belgium. However, in reality, you’re unlikely to find any because from 2019 Belgian merchants must round up or down for all in-person cash transactions to the nearest multiple of €0.05.

5. ATMs are hard to find

As cash usage wanes, so does the number of ATMs you’re likely to find. A spate of heavy-handed robberies has further reduced the attractiveness for banks to site ATMs in their exterior walls. So, in many Belgian urban centers, if you want cash, you’ll need to locate a branch of  Bancontact , essentially a shop containing “bank-neutral” cash machines.

6. Eat  frites not French fries

You may have learned about people in Holland putting mayonnaise on their fries from the 1994-movie Pulp Fiction , but it's a custom that extends beyond those borders. 

The idea is alive and well in Belgium where there’s a whole range of flavored mayo-based sauces to choose from when you order a portion of friets/frites from a frituur (fry shop). If in doubt, go for mildly spicy Andalouse and have it on the side rather than drenching your marvelously triple-fried beauties.

Most importantly, don’t even think of calling them “French Fries” – one thing that unites Flemish and Francophone Belgians is that it’s Belgium, not France , that really knows how to fry potatoes.

Two glasses of Belgian beer La Chouffe in a bar in Brussels, Belgium

7. Cafes are more for beer than coffee

Belgium shares the third-wave caffeine passions that have swept the globe: many a maestro barista plies their trade here and there are some great urban roasteries. However, while a traditional Belgian cafe will serve you a decent coffee (typically with a square of chocolate or speculaas biscuit), don’t expect a flat white or a cold-drip brew.

Belgium’s classic cafes are, in reality, far more like pubs than coffee houses, with hardwood chairs, wooden wall paneling, brasswork and mirrors, though in a downbeat less showy fashion than a French brasserie. And the main point of a cafe is to pour beers. If you just order a bière (French) or pintje (Flemish) you’ll get a well-poured 25cl lager.

But any cafe worth its salt will also offer a range of alternative brews – typically in bottles – many with alcohol levels approaching those of wine. 

Some beer-bars have a book-thick menu of options and each should be served in its own specific glass. For powerful, well-balanced brews it’s hard to beat the various Trappist beers, still brewed by monks. Some connoisseurs purport to love the sour, spontaneously-fermenting lambics.

If you don’t mind looking like a tourist, try ordering a Kwak, which usually comes in an Instagram-worthy round-bottomed glass held on a wooden stand like it’s part of a chemistry experiment.

8. Drink driving is not acceptable

While in a Belgian cafe, if someone asks you “Are you Bob?” that’s not because they think they know you. Bob, in Belgium, is a shorthand for the designated driver – the person in a group who has to stay sober and spurn that fabulous selection of beers.

Well into the noughties drink driving was seen as a minor misdemeanor – police sometimes urged the inebriated to hurry home rather than locking them up. However, things have changed radically in the last decade and the once-repeated Belgian maxim “if I wasn’t drunk I’d be too scared to drive” is no longer considered amusing.

Along with much of Europe, the blood alcohol limit is 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood (0.05%), which could be reached just drinking one strong beer.  

9. When in doubt, speak English

Traveling anywhere it’s polite to speak the local language, right? Well yes if you know what “local” means. In central Belgium, that can be tricky. 

Bureaucratic borders between Dutch-speaking Flanders, French speaking Wallonia and officially bilingual Brussels are essentially invisible. Then there’s also a German-speaking area of Wallonia too. 

In general, speaking the wrong local language – maybe speaking French in parts of Flanders – can be seen as more insensitive than simply using English, or you just won’t be understood at all. Either way, especially in bigger cities, it’s best to just go with English. 

Tourists on the open square of the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium

10. Good with languages? French, Belgian French and Walloon are all different

Wallonia is the French-speaking half of Belgium, but the French spoken there has some peculiarities. So, if you speak the language of Voltaire, be prepared to say “septante” for 70 and “nonante” for 90… though not “octante” for 80 – that’s just too Swiss. 

Don’t assume that this means you’re speaking Walloon – that is essentially a different language (with several highly variant dialects). These days Walloon is mostly heard only at folkloric festivals (like  Les Macralles night of witches at Vielsalm) or at puppet shows (most famously featuring  Tchanchès , the mascot of Liège).

For comic effect you might also spice your Belgian French with words of Bruxellois, the street patois of the capital which traditionally spices French with some fabulous hybrid words of Dutch origin to special effect. For example, un zieverer is a wind-up merchant prone to telling deliberately exaggerated tall tales.

And en stoemelings means doing something furtively, particularly a cash transaction in pursuance of the age-old Belgian passion for tax avoidance. Both terms have a humorous rather than negative connotation.

11. Place names on road signs are confusing

Where the language divide is likely to prove most baffling is when you’re driving . Many Flemish towns have entirely different Francophone names and vice versa, and it's common to find that they'll use their own version on regional road signs. Particularly baffling for tourists are Bergen (for Mons), Louvain (for Leuven ) and Luik (for Liège ). 

Should you approach Jodoigne from the north it’ll be signed Geldenaken. Even foreign cities aren’t spared: in Flanders signs for Lille (France) might say Rijsel while in Wallonia, Aachen might be written Aix-la-Chapelle.

This article was first published May 21, 2022 and updated Jun 15, 2024.

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Bruges Canal Tours: Everything You Need To Know

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During our recent family trip to Europe, Abby and I took a  day trip from Brussels to Bruges , a beautiful town in Belgium. We both wanted to go on one of the legendary Bruges canal tours. I’m so glad we did! This fairytale European city needs to be on your bucket list! 

Where is Bruges?

Bruges is a serene small Flemish town just northwest of  Brussels . Visiting Bruges is a perfect day trip from Brussels and is easily accessible by train.

Bruges is known as an idyllic small European city steeped in historical charm. It’s home to gorgeous canals and many fascinating landmarks. Furthermore, The city also has many great restaurants, pubs, and street-side vendors.

Visiting Bruges, Belgium

If you are visiting Brussels for a few days, taking an extra day to go to Bruges is well worth the time. Its gorgeous canals winding along against ancient stone buildings have led Bruges to be called the “Venice of the North.” 

In this blog post, I want to provide information about taking a Bruges canal tour, highlight the city’s history, and discuss some landmarks you’ll likely see on these Bruges canal tours.

Getting to Bruges from Brussels

From Bruges, you just need to hop on the Belgium intercity train. You can board directly from one of the main Brussels train stations, including Bruxelles-Nord (Brussels North), Bruxelles-Central (Brussels Central), and Bruxelles-Midi (Brussels South).

The Brussels to Bruges train runs all day, and the ride is just over an hour.  

The Belgium train website has a  dedicated page for the Brussels to Bruges train route , which is a great resource. You can buy tickets from that page as well. 

The route trip Brussels to Bruges train tickets are a standard € 32.00 for adults. However, there are a lot of discounted ticket options listed as well, and most are € 17.50 or less. 

The Bruges Canal Tours

Once you arrive in Bruges, you should have a game plan for your canal tour. It’s helpful to know a little bit about the city's layout. 

Bruges rests within a mesh of several canals that penetrate and encircle the city. These canals ultimately allow boat access to the North Sea, located about 20 kilometers north of the city. The town’s access to the North Sea made Bruges a vital shipping hub for centuries. 

The canals lining the town are relatively inaccessible as they are flanked everywhere by houses and other structures. Because of this, there are only a few places, other than bridges, where you can see the canals.  

Therefore, the best way to see these picturesque canals is on a boat tour!

Planning Bruges Canal Tours

There are five landing stages along the canals. These are the only places you can embark on a canal tour. The routes and prices are generally the same across the different tour operators. There are several canal tour operators, each with their own open-air boats.  They pretty much all follow the same route, so in my opinion, the best Bruges canal tour is the one with the shortest line.

Bruges Canal Tour Boarding Locations

Boarding takes place at the following locations. Each tour operator will leave from a different location, so be sure to check their website.

  •  Michielssens, Huidenvettersplein 13
  •  Coudenys, Rozenhoedkaai
  •  De Meulemeester, Wollestraat 32
  •  Gruuthuse, Nieuwstraat 11
  •  Stael, Katelijnestraat 4

Scroll around the above map of Bruges to get a lay of the land!

The Bruges Canal Tour boat trip takes around 30 minutes. The boats typically operate between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, with 5:30 often being the last tour. Tours generally operate most of the year, except in January and early February.  

However, tour availability will vary by operator and may change based on events like municipal construction projects, canal restoration initiatives, and severe weather.

Bruges Canal Tours Tickets

Unlike the  canal tours in Amsterdam  and the  Seine River cruises in Paris , you cannot book Bruges canal tour tickets in advance. You buy your tickets directly from the tour companies at the landing stages. As of writing this, the Bruges Canal Tour price for adult tickets is € 12.00, and children’s tickets are € 7.00.

You may need to wait in line at the landing stages to purchase tickets. The canal tours are very popular and will get busy. Bruges has an active cruise ship industry (Norwegian, Holland America, Windstar, Celebrity), and the town will fill up with  cruise  passengers on day excursions.  

The extra traffic means lines for the canal tours will get longer after about 11 am. Before 11 am is the best time to ensure you have shorter lines. It also gives you the rest of the day to explore Bruges.  

TIP: Get in line for your canal tour as early as possible in Bruges. 

Private canal tours are also available. Several companies offer tours with different types of boats. Contact the companies directly to find out more.

There are a couple of great s mall-group Bruges canal tours available through Get Your Guide . They also include a Bruges walking tour. These are a great option if you want to be able to buy Bruges canal tour tickets in advance.

Other Things to Consider

During the canal tour, the boat guide will comment on the significant landmarks and history of the area. During our  day trip to Bruges , our canal tour guide did a great job narrating the tour and pointing out interesting areas, landmarks, and historical sights. Most guides can speak multiple languages and will do their best to tailor the language to the passengers’ needs. 

The boats are cash-only. Be sure to bring a few Euros to tip your tour guide.

If you want to take pictures, try to be at the front, back, or side of the boat. Most of the boats have a line of seats down the middle, but people may block your pictures if you sit there.  

The boats are open-air and uncovered, so be sure to wear your sunscreen! Also, the tours can get pretty chilly, depending on the time of year, so bring a jacket. We love the  Amazon Essentials packable jackets  for our travels.

It’s always helpful to know the history and significance of a city prior to visiting. So, I want to take some time here to talk more in-depth about Bruges and, of course, the canals. Then, I will share some of the incredible landmarks that you will see from your Bruges canal tour. 

The History Of Bruges And Its Canals

Bruges has witnessed a remarkable evolution over the centuries. Its history encapsulates the ebb and flow of urban development, from its Viking origins to a flourishing medieval center, economic decline, and eventual modern-day revival.  

The city’s tremendous ability to adapt to changing circumstances and preserve its cultural heritage is a testament to the strength and perseverance of the Danish people across time.

Origins of Bruges, Belgium

The origin of Bruges can be traced to the 9th century when Vikings established a fortress on the banks of the Reie River. The name “Bruges” is believed to be derived from the Old Dutch word “Burg,” meaning fortress. The city gradually developed into a bustling medieval trade center due to its strategic location and access to the North Sea.

The Golden Era of Bruges

Bruges experienced its golden era during the late medieval period, particularly in the 14th and 15th centuries. The city became a major commercial and cultural hub, attracting merchants, artists, and scholars across Europe.  

Bruges's thriving wool and textile industry and sophisticated network of canals contributed to its prosperity. It was home to the influential Bourse, one of the earliest stock exchanges in the world.

Bruges Economic Decline

Despite its flourishing period, Bruges faced economic challenges in the 16th century. The silting of the Zwin, a vital waterway for trade, led to a decline in maritime activity, impacting Bruges’ economy.  

Additionally, geopolitical shifts and the rise of other European trading centers contributed to the city's gradual decline in prominence.

Modern Times and Revival of Bruges

For several centuries, Bruges endured a period of relative obscurity. However, in the 19th century, efforts were made to preserve its medieval architecture, and the city gained recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000.  

The 20th century saw a revival in Bruges’ fortunes, with tourism becoming a key driver of its economy. The city’s well-preserved medieval structures, including the Belfry of Bruges and the Basilica of the Holy Blood, attract millions of visitors annually.

What Do You See on the Bruges Canal Tours?

During the Bruges canal tours, your tour guide will highlight many fascinating landmarks. Each place gives you a window into the long history of this amazing city.  

Like many European cities, it’s steeped in lore that spans epochs, and seemingly every bridge or building has a colorful and long legacy.  

Here is a list of many sites you will probably see on the Bruges canal tours. 

Founded in 1245, the Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde boasts serene white-colored house fronts and a tranquil convent garden.  

This UNESCO World Heritage site was once the residence of beguines—emancipated laywomen leading pious and celibate lives. Today, the beguinage is home to the Order of St. Benedict nuns.

Saint John’s Hospital

With an eight-hundred-year history, Saint John’s Hospital has cared for pilgrims, travelers, the poor, and the sick. Explore the medieval wards where nuns and monks practiced mercy, the chapel, and a remarkable collection of archives, artworks, medical instruments, and six paintings by Hans Memling.  

Church of Our Lady

The Church of Our Lady showcases Bruges’ artisans’ craftsmanship through its 115.5 meters high brick tower. The church has valuable art, including Michelangelo’s renowned Madonna and Child, numerous paintings, 13th-century painted crypts, and the tombs of Mary of Burgundy and Charles the Bold. Abby and I visited after our canal tour, and it was incredible! 

Groeninge Museum

Offering a diverse overview of Belgian plastic arts history, the Groeninge Museum features Flemish Primitives, 18th and 19th-century neoclassical pieces, Flemish Expressionism masterpieces, and post-war modern art.

Ambachtshuis Huidevetters

Built by hide tanners, this craft house near Rozenhoedkaai has two wings. The north wing, demolished in 1629, was replaced in 1630 under the guidance of Bruges architect Jan De Smet. The building was restored in 1912. It has been used as a fishmonger and stockfish farm since the mid-19th century.

Belfry & Carillon

Bruges’ tallest tower, the Belfry, standing 83 meters tall, houses a melodic carillon with 47 bells. Climbing its 366 steps rewards you with a breathtaking panoramic view of Bruges and its surroundings.

Fish Market

Originally located at Markt Square, the fish market was moved here in the 18th century due to complaints about the stench. Since the Middle Ages, buyers and sellers have come together at the Bruges fish market. Fresh saltwater fish, once a luxury, is still sold every morning from Wednesday to Saturday.

These small whitewashed almshouses, dating back to the 14th century, are scattered around Bruges. Wealthy townspeople or guilds established almshouses to house poor older adults or widows. Over 46 blocks have been preserved, with 43 still occupied.

Burghers’ Lodge

Situated on Jan Van Eyckplein, the Poortersloge (Burgher’s Lodge) served as a meeting spot for the Society of the White Bear in the late 14th and early 15th centuries. Later, it became the city’s Academy of Arts (1720-1890) and the State Archives (1912-2012).

Visiting Bruges: The “Venice of the North”

Visiting Bruges to take one of the Bruges canal tours is a fantastic way to add something special to your trip to Belgium. Its quaint stone houses, romantic canals, cobbled streets, cookies, waffles, and chocolate make it a bucket-list destination to take friends and family of any age.  

The iconic canals are a dream for photographers. Travel to and around the city is simple and inexpensive. And as you can tell by this post, Bruges canal tours should be on your list. I recommend this trip to everyone!  

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These Are The 7 Friendliest Countries In Europe To Tourists


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  • Europe offers friendly destinations for unforgettable trips.
  • Countries like the Czech Republic and Greece have welcoming locals and diverse experiences.
  • Top friendly European countries cater to interests in history, architecture, and local cuisine.

As a tourist in Europe, you want to feel invited and welcomed. Sparking a conversation doesn't need to be difficult when the locals are friendly, even if a language barrier attempts to get in the way. Make your European venture one to remember by visiting a destination with the friendliest locals, as they can help enrich your trip by doing things like offering the best recommendations.

Digital money transfer platform Remitly shared a report about the world's friendliest nations , and we're going to dig into the ones that are the friendliest toward tourists within Europe. The friendliest countries are determined using the Big 5 personality test, which includes assessing locals' five key personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion, and neuroticism—the top friendliest countries in Europe to tourists may or may not surprise you.

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7 Czech Republic, 32.36 Rating

Czechs consume the most beer per capita in the world, yet the beer isn't the most appealing thing about this landlocked european destination.

The Czech Republic, once named Bohemia, is a landlocked country in central Europe that's world-famous for its breweries and local beer, and it's home to one of the largest castles in the world. It has a 32.35 rating out of 40 from the Big 5 personality test, thanks to locals with positive personality traits.

You'll notice the overly friendly locals when you arrive in the Czech Republic. Prague taxi drivers won't push you to hire them, but they'll smile and offer advice. Meanwhile, hotel staff and restaurant waiters will go out of their way to help you. It might feel strange if you are from a place where the locals aren't overly kind. But soak it all up, as you won't be short of friendly conversations and helpful locals wherever you go. Enjoy a beer tour, visiting Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, or surrounding countryside areas like Kutna Hora or Lednice.

6 Belgium, 32.50 Rating

The happy locals in belgium might be heavily influenced by the fantastic food and drink culture.

Belgium is world famous for its local beer, chocolate, waffles, and French fries. So, it's no wonder that the country scores a positive 32.50 rating. The Belgian lifestyle is very relaxed. Visit the capital of Brussels or a quirky area like Antwerp, and you'll notice the slow-paced lifestyle, even among the busy areas.

The country is jam-packed with unique architecture, including the Grand Place, Atomium (considered the Eiffel Tower of Belgium ), Gravensteen, Belfry of Bruges, and the historic center of Bruges. After wandering the sites, indulge in incredible sweet treats or a local beer tour.

One of the most unique places to visit in Belgium is the Walzin Castle Viewpoint in Dinant, famous for its private grounds. You can't access the property directly, but park on the Lesse River road and cross the bridge to get a glimpse of the grounds.

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5 Estonia, 32.58 Rating

Offering incredible hospitality and wonderful scenery, estonia is the fifth-friendliest country in europe.

Estonia scores ninth place in the world for the friendliest locals to tourists, with a 32.58 rating out of 40. It's placed fifth among European countries, likely due to its hospitality and understanding of personal space. Estonians appreciate privacy and personal space, so they'll be sure to give you plenty when you visit.

The hospitality in Estonia is next to none, and their politeness goes a long way. If you find the locals reserved, they aren't being rude but simply polite. Don't fret about sparking a conversation by asking questions and making recommendations; they will surely help.

Some of Estonia's most spectacular places to visit include the historic capital city of Tallinn , the funky street art in Tartu, and the wonderful Christmas markets. Venture out of the cities to places like Laheema for its national park, where you'll be amazed by the untouched native forests.

4 Germany, 32.66 Rating

From the cities to the countryside, german residents will always offer a helping hand.

Germany's fourth position on the list of the friendliest countries in Europe might surprise you, as the locals don't have the best reputation for being warm. However, German locals will limit their small talk, but when asked questions, they're always more than happy to help.

German culture also offers incredible sausages, football, and castles. You won't be short of beautiful historic architecture to visit, no matter where you choose. Whether you visit Berlin and Munich or head for wonderful country locations like Lubeck or Germany's Black Forest , locals will always offer a helping hand. During winter, the country becomes a magical wonderland with authentic German markets . With a score of 32.66 out of 40, it makes the castle-filled country worth the visit if you want to feel more than welcome in Europe.

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3 Sweden, 33.30 Rating

Swedish locals value honesty and open tourists with open arms, making it the only scandinavian country in the top seven.

Travel to Scandinavia to the third most friendly country in Europe, Sweden, with a rating of 33.30. Like German residents, you might initially find the locals slightly reserved. This is due to their private nature. However, they'll welcome questions and small talk with open arms. If you wish to make friends with locals, you'll find that they're fun, spontaneous, and up for a good time.

Sweden is a country full of stunning landscapes and fascinating history. More than half of Sweden is covered in forest, so there's plenty to enjoy in terms of natural beauty. The most popular landscape spots are Abisko National Park, Tyresta National Park, and Tiveden National Park for majestic wildlife and stunning lakes. Meanwhile, head to Stockholm, Malmo, or Gothenburg for history and incredible architecture and to experience the friendly, relaxed lifestyle.

2 Croatia, 33.50 Rating

Home to the dalmatian coast and impressive gastronomy, croatia is a must-visit for tourists who seek a friendly european atmosphere.

Croatia is second on the list of the friendliest European countries, with a 33.50 rating. There's no question as to why the locals adore tourists, thanks to them helping their economy. Croatians love to be welcoming and offer the best first impressions so that tourists return for many vacations. As a tourist, it would be hard to divert elsewhere in Europe as Croatia provides astonishing scenery and food.

Visit the popular Croatian city of Dubrovnik to experience city life and history, or head to Hvar or Brac to experience the laid-back island life. You can't beat the Dalmatian coast and Croatian islands for incredible gastronomy. The local crni rizot (black risotto) and meat dishes (Peka or Cevapi) are delicious and will make you want to return to the country simply for the welcoming locals and food.

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1 Greece, 33.71 Rating

Enjoy laid-back island life or ancient ruin tours on a trip to the friendliest country in europe.

Welcome to the friendliest European country of them all, Greece. Steeped in ancient history and stunning sandy beaches, Greece pleases every tourist. You can visit the Greek islands of Mykonos, Rhodes, Kos, or Santorini to be amongst some of Europe's most surreal beaches or head to Athens or Thessaloniki to visit ancient ruins and archeological sites. No matter where you vacation or live in Greece, you'll be welcomed by friendly locals and impressive food.

The Greek God Zeus was known to protect locals and travelers. Today, locals strive to carry on this tradition, so you'll notice that locals love to start conversations at any given moment. Home-cooked meals, beautiful sites, and friendly locals make this 33.71-rated country an ideal tourist getaway.


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