Belgium as a tourist destination
Belgium, the heart of Europe, where imagination becomes reality. Even though Belgium is a small country, it offers plenty of activities for tourists.
For the nature and sports lovers, the Ardennes and the coast are a perfect getaway. The Ardennes are the green lungs of Belgium with endless forests and rivers. It is the perfect place to hike, cycle or discover water sports and during the winter you can even practice your skiing skills. For the sea and sun part of your journey, the coast in the north offers more than 10 seaside resorts and 67 kilometres white sandy beaches.
Art, culture and architecture are abundant in the famous art cities. Besides, the Belgian cities are famous for their lively nightlife and typical Belgian gastronomy. Belgians, true Burgundians, enjoy life as well as food and drinks. Chocolate, waffles and beers are amongst the favourites but there are also numerous top restaurants and regional specialties to discover.
Hereunder a list of cities definitely worth a visit:
Antwerp, on the banks of the river Scheldt, is the second city of Belgium. It is known for its port and for being the centre of global diamond trade. It was also the native city of the famous painter Rubens. Website
Ghent also has lots of historical edifices, like the Gravensteen which is a medieval castle. Not far from the city centre you can find Flanders Expo, which hosts numerous business fairs for national and international companies. Website
Bruges, the “Venise of the north”, is one of Europe’s most visited historic cities by international tourists. You can enjoy a boat trip through the small canals. And the chocolate shops will make your mouth water. Website
Brussels, the federal capital of Belgium, is famous for its squares, monuments and museums. The Grand Place, surrounded by guildhalls, the Town Hall and narrow streets is one of world’s most beautiful squares. Plenty of national and international companies are established in Brussels as well as important Belgian and European political institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the EU). Brussels is after all the political and administrative heart of Europe. Website
Namur is a beautiful city on the banks of the river Meuse with breathtaking valleys. For those who love history and legends, the must-sees are the Citadel, castles, abbeys and churches. Website
Mons is an open air museum with architectural treasures such as the Townhall, the Belfry and the Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru, but also known for its folkloristic processions and celebrations. Website
The Meuse and Ourthe rivers transect Liège. There are a lot of historical edifices like the famous Palace of the Prince-Bishops. Website
Websites of the regional tourism offices