Antwerp fashion, Bruges canals, mussels and chips, decadent chocolate, belfries and castles, wild carnival, how could anyone consider Belgium boring?!
Things to see in Belgium:
Mostly known for its vital role in the European Union administration, Belgium’ might leave you surprised by its gorgeous and rich heritage. It boasts several fascinatingly well-known towns packed with medieval and Art Nouveau architecture and notable for its long traditions in fashion, arts, and fine dining. If you’ve enjoyed the best of them, the Belgian countryside offers anything from the densely forested hills and ridges of the Ardennes and neat sandy beaches.
- Musée Hergé: Thetouchingly nostalgic and inventive Hergé Museum marks the multitalented originator of comic-strip hero Tintin with a creative, engaging, and extensive display. Highlights include various models, source materials, and pictures assembled by the artist to ensure his sketches’ precision.
- Citadelle de Namur: Namur’s all-powerful fortress covers a whole hilltop with tunnels, ramparts, and grey walls. What you see now is more 19th century CE and 20th century CE than medieval, but it is still great for strolling, compelling, and offers tremendous views.
- Pairi Daiza: Set on the terrains of a former Cistercian Abbey, this giant park is home to more than 1000 animals (including koalas, pandas, lemurs, and gorillas) living in elegantly designed settings with elements from every corner globally.
Things to do in Belgium:
- Ritual Ducasse of Mons: Doudou is the famous name for a week of collective jubilation in Mons on the weekend of the Trinity each year. There are four fundamental moments: The Procession, The Descent of the Shrine, The Battle called Lumeçon (Trinity Sunday), and The Ascent of the Car d’Or.
- Carnaval de Binche: Three days in February, the city of Binche is moved back to the 16th century CE for one of the most incredible festivals of the year. Highlighted by fireworks AND music parades, this event’s climax is when the Gilles appear on the Grand Place and throw oranges at the viewers. This unusual festivity has been listed as part of the world’s cultural heritage by UNESCO, along with its celebrated Gille.
- Cycling: Louvain-La-Neuve is located in Wallonia, not far from Brussel. It’s a small pedestrian town created in the 1960s CE for the French-speakers students. Each year, in October, they organized a bicycle competition. The course is a pretext to savor the event and to drink beers. This gathering is one of the most well-known consumption of beers of the whole of Europe.
- Ommegang: Ommegang is a ceremony in Brussels that marks the start of the reign of Charles V of Habsburg. It takes place on the Grand Place’s stunning cityscape and involves thousands of stunts in period costumes.
What to eat in Belgium?
Belgians love their food. Belgium is popular for its good cuisine, and families like to go to restaurants regularly. Top dishes to dry in Belgium is Mussels (white wine and/or onions and celery), Balletjes/Boulettes (meatballs with fries), Konijn met pruimen (rabbit cooked in beer and dried plums), Stoofvlees (a traditional beef stew and is usually served with fries), and Waffles, YES WAFFLES.
Remember, Belgium is to beer what France is to wine.