Discover the range of things to do in Belgium

From discovering museums and galleries to festivals, food and beer, there is a wide range of things to do in Belgium. When visiting you will be welcomed by unique architecture and friendly, warm-hearted people. Belgium is easily accessible from across Europe, with great air, train and road links, and it makes the perfect vacation destination, whether for a short romantic getaway, or an extended trip with family or friends.
 

Culture and architecture

The country may be relatively small compared to its neighbors but this just means you can easily explore all that Belgium has to offer. Delve into the differences between the Flemish and Wallon regions and their architecture, experience the cultural mix of its capital, Brussels, or simply admire some of the other main cities.
 

Food

If you love experiencing new tastes when traveling, Belgian cuisine has a lot to offer. There are many regional variations and at the same time food is also influenced by its neighbors. The country’s waffles are known across the globe so make sure you sample at least one on your visit. It has taken years to perfect the art of making chocolate and no one does it better than Belgians. With world-class chocolatiers found across the country, treat your sweet tooth to an incredible range of flavors. Fries are thought to be invented in Belgium and are incorporated into many dishes. One of the most popular options is perhaps served with mussels, known as Moules-frites.
 

Festivals

Belgium hosts a huge variety of festivals each year, many of which are well-established and attract festival-goers from across the world. Perhaps the most famous is Tomorrowland, which is a celebration of the world’s best electronic music, and Rock Werchter, both of which take place on the outskirts of Leuven. In the autumn, Laundry Day in Antwerp also celebrates electronic music in one of Europe’s largest festivals in this genre.
The capital, Brussels, likes to put on a show for its visitors in the heart of the city. In July, join in the historic atmosphere at Ommegang Festival. In August, the Summer Festival offers 10 days of music, theater and street performances. These are just some of the events taking place each year and in addition there are plenty smaller festivals and fairs taking place during the year.
 

The cities of Belgium

Each city is unique and offers a different experience. From cuisine to castles and traditional architecture, to modern city districts with something for all the family or a charming spot for a romantic weekend, Belgium will deliver.

Antwerp

The vibrant port city of Antwerp is the second largest city in Belgium. Start exploring from the majestic railway station, said to be one of the world’s most beautiful. Next, head to the Diamond District and the historical center to admire the beautiful local architecture. Enjoy the green spaces of Middelheim open-air museum and sculpture park or stroll through Rivierenhof Park, the city’s largest. End your day on the docks, where there are a number of bars and restaurants waiting to welcome you for a night out.

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Brussels

The capital of Belgium is a must. The main square, Grand Place, is an architectural marvel with its gothic spires which decorate the skyline. The square itself is lined with bars and cafes, perfect for sampling local Belgium beer or a tasty meal. Christmas is a particularly magical time on Grand Place. Enjoy a tour of The Chocolate Museum: Choco-Story or stroll through the city along the Comic Street Route. Indulge in a shopping spree on Avenue Louise or check out the European Quarter, one of the most bustling business districts in Europe. See Europe in miniature at Mini-Europe and then enjoy panoramic views from neighboring Atomium, both ideal for families.

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Leuven

Another architectural charm, Leuven offers bags of character. Discover its beautiful architecture and monuments, especially the Market Square (Grote Market) and the wonderfully ornate Town Hall (Stadhuis). This main city square is filled with bars and cafes, perfect for people-watching and taking in the fun-filled atmosphere. Delve into history and admire the buildings of Groot Begijnhof, the city’s historic quarter. If you are looking for a family activity, Provinviaal Domein Kessel-Lo is the perfect place. This recreational park has an outdoor swimming pool, playgrounds and sports facilities to entertain the whole family

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Liège

Liège lies slightly to the south east of Brussels and is worth a visit for the fascinating Flemish architecture that decorates the city. The beautiful Place Saint-Lambert is the perfect spot to start exploring. If you are feeling energetic and for an impressive view of the skyline and river, climb the 373 steps to the top of Montagne de Bueren. The city is full of local churches and monuments worth admiring. If you are visiting on a Sunday, check out the Batte Market, one of the biggest flea markets in Europe. Make sure you try the famous Liège waffle before leaving the city.
 
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