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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

City of Brussells
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

City of Bruges
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

City of Dinant
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

City of Ghent
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

City of Leuven
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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