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 EU) capital
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 European
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 attractions
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
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
Ghent, less touristy architectural gem
|Protected by UNESCO, Belgium city of Ghent is a popular tourist
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 College.
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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