Discover the Breathtaking Cities of Belgium
Visit these picturesque Belgium cities
Did you know that Belgian chocolate composition has been regulated by law since
1884? Belgium might not be the biggest country out there, but it sure is among the richest when it comes to its
tradition and gourmet delicacies. It also has a prominent place in European history, being a home to important
historical events such as the Battle of Waterloo.
Its contribution to the development of art is incredible: namely, Belgian
15th-century painters are believed to have invented and perfected the technique of oil painting. Belgium truly is a
home to incredible stories and a place where the roots of modern urbanization were conceived, with the medieval
cities slowly gaining their momentum and becoming distinctive on the economic scene.
Here are the most beautiful picturesque cities you should visit.
Brussels, a historical landmark
|The city of Brussels is both Belgium and European (the
Brussels had an important role in creating European history and today holds a
status of the EU capital. If you are interested in understanding European politics in a more prominent way, you
can download the EU parliament pocket guide to inform yourself about the entrance hours and other details. One of the most
recognizable Brussels’ landmarks is the Atomium: a building made of iron crystal spheres which deserved CNN’s
title of one of the most bizarre European buildings.
Nearby, Mini Europe is located: a miniature park where around 60
cities are represented through their best-known monuments and
buildings. Brussels’ Chocolate museum is a true treat (pun intended), while comic lovers will be thrilled to
hear that this city is home to some of the greatest comic characters, such as Tintin, Lucky Luke, Gaston, etc.
There are over 50 murals around the city inspired by comics, and visiting Comic Art Museum is a must!
Bruges, charming medieval spot
|Medieval city of Bruges contains many architectural
Bruges is Belgium’s most preserved medieval city. It’s most distinctive attraction
is located on the main square – the Halle with belfry. For a wonderful view, you can climb the 366 steps and soak
in the city landscape. The Basilica of the Holy Blood is incredible: it is believed to preserve the crystal
containing a drop of Christ’s blood. A spiral staircase leads to the upper chapel, where every Friday this relic is
shown to the believers.
Enjoy the scenery while cruising down the Dijver Canal and you’ll see that Bruges
well deserved its title as the Venice of the North. It’s the best way to see the 15th-century buildings known as
the former parts of the Heren van Gruuthuse mansion, which is a well-known spot and something you’ll often see on
Bruges’ postcards. Head on to the Groeninge Museum to see masterpieces by Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch: the
entrance fee is €13.50 and it’s worth every penny.
Dinant, sparkling wonder
|Located on the Meuse River, city of Dinant is known
for the citadel on the high rock
Dinant is a city that sparkles by the Meuse River. It is dominated by the citadel
on the high rock, which you can climb if you’re daring enough to conquer the 408 steps to the top. You can also
visit the medieval torture and prison rooms, as well as the military museum. Dinant is also one of the most
beautiful Belgian spots when it comes to nature.
Don’t miss The Caves of Han and
The Grotto of Dinant: it’s best to take a guided tour. The Bayard rocks is an important historical landmark:
it’s a place where British manage to stop the advance of the German troops at the end of 1944. You can also
enjoy a river cruise: it costs €7.50 for adults for a 45 min boat trip.
Ghent, less touristy architectural gem
|Protected by UNESCO, Belgium city of Ghent is a
popular tourist destination
Ghent is a home to the most amazing medieval architecture, of which some are
protected by UNESCO. It is less crowded with tourists than other Belgian cities, so it’s best to explore it on foot
or by cycling. Beautiful canals make a true treat: enjoy the city while cruising. Many tourists explore the
architecture via canal barges especially because this way hidden parts of the city are accessible and it is approached
from a different angle.
The Gravensteen Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions. In addition
to its rich history and a torture museum inside, it’s highly visited because of the modern references: BBC drama
series “The White Queen” has been recorded here, as well as the scenes from the “Emperor” starring Adrien Brody.
The Cathedral of Saint Bavo is a must see, with the famous polyptych masterpiece, “The Adoration of the Mystic
Lamb”. In addition to all of this, Ghent is home to various festivals, when the streets come to life.
Leuven, beautiful university town
|Amazing gothic architecture dominates the city of
Leuven, in Belgium
Leuven is home to amazing gothic architecture, with the City Hall on the Main
Market square being the most representative building of that style. The entrance fee is €4 and it includes a
booklet and a guided tour. An exquisite example of Brabant Gothic style is the St. Peter’s Church, where you can
also visit the Museum of Religious Art.
The red brick Groot Begijnhof is also a landmark worth seeing. Take a tour around
the University of Leuven, founded in 1425: it’s most beautiful during autumn. Visit the Naamsestraat and go
sightseeing of other scholar buildings, such as the Premonstratensian College, the King's College, and the Arras
These were just some of the beautiful towns of Belgium. Enjoy great beer, waffles,
and chocolates, while exploring Belgium’s amazing history and architecture.
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