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Belgium

Travel Guide 2021

The Kingdom of Belgium is located in Western Europe and borders the North Sea coast. It is divided into the regions of Wallonia and Flanders and the so-called German-speaking community, which is located in the province of Liège. The official languages are Dutch, French and German. The capital Brussels is also the seat of the Belgian royal family. NATO and the European Union also have their headquarters here. Other important cities are Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent and Charleroi. Belgium is considered the country of origin of French fries and is known for a variety of chocolate, waffle and praline specialties.

The most popular destinations in Belgium

Bruges

Medieval alleys and canals – the Belgian Hanseatic city of Bruges was one of the richest cities in Europe in the Middle Ages and still attracts millions of tourists every year with this magnificent heritage. The hotspot of the city centre is the Belfry, a city tower with a neo-Gothic crown. ...

Brussels

The fate of Europe is decided in Brussels. But anyone who reduces the Belgian capital to its famous parliament is doing it an injustice. Whether the Atomium, the botanical gardens or the Marollen district with its antique dealers: In Brussels, modernity and the past come together and provide lively variety. ...

Ghent

The historic trading city of Ghent was considered one of the richest cities in Belgium and Europe in the Middle Ages. Even today, the historic city centre of Ghent with its magnificently decorated buildings is a reminder of its long history as the economic centre of Belgium.

Leuven

In the middle of Belgium’s central province of Flemish Brabant lies Leuven, or Louvain, the capital of the region. About 100,000 inhabitants live in the city, which is nationally recognized as a university city. Over 50,000 students attend the local Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, ensuring a younger than average population within Leuven. ...

Tournai

In the southwestern part of Belgium lies the city of Tournai, whose medieval old town is now a tourist highlight of the region. The history of Tournai, one of the oldest cities in Belgium, dates back to the 5th century AD. So it is not surprising that in the heart ...

Namur

Capital of the Belgian region Wallonia. Namur, the capital of Wallonia, presents itself as a tranquil city. In the 7th century A.D. the settlement was built by the Celts, today about 110,000 inhabitants live in the city area. Namur was built at the confluence of the Sambre into the Meuse, the waters run right through the ...

Antwerp

Not far from the Dutch border, in the north of Belgium, lies Antwerp, capital of the province of the same name. The large city, which belongs to Flanders, is home to over 500,000 inhabitants. The settlement history of this historic city in northern Belgium dates back to Roman times. And although ...

Ypres

With a population of about 35,000, Ypres is one of the smaller cities in Belgium. Situated in the northwestern province of West Flanders, Ypres’s history dates back to the 10th century AD. Once built as a bulwark against the Normans, some of the cruelest world war conflicts took place in ...

Charleroi

The historic Bois du Cazier coal mine near Charleroi draws attention to the history of Belgium’s third largest city. The coal mine has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012. It is not only a reminder of one of the greatest mining disasters in history, it also highlights the ...

Liège

At the beginning of the 20th century, the world-famous author Georges Simenon was born in the city of Liège. But Liège is not only the birthplace of the world-famous man of letters, the city at the confluence of the Meuse and Ourthe rivers is also considered the origin ...

Belgium Guide

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