Many Tourists visit Belgium as an add-on to vacations
Germany, France or the Netherlands.
Belgium offers a number of interesting places to visit and the county is well known for its history, terrific food and good
quality museums. Of course, Belgium is world famous for its chocolates
and deserts, although we know several travelers who have developed a
distinct attachment to Belgium's robust beers.
Brussels and Bruges are the two most exciting stops in Belgium. One
offers big-city adventures while the other emotes small town charms.
Antwerp and Ghent, also, have unique charms and attract many travelers.
In addition, the Ardennes attracts those interested in World War
II's historic pivot point known as the
"Battle of the Bulge".
Belgium, a country of diverse regions, is comprised of Flanders,
Wallonia, and the Capital region of Brussels. The large, relatively flat
plain known as Flanders is home to Antwerp, Bruges, and Ghent.
Wallonia contains the hilly, forested Ardennes and the cities of Liege,
Namur, and Tournai. Brussels is the diplomatic center of Europe, as it
is home to both the European Union and NATO.
Read our sections on Belgium
Travel Information and Belgium
Facts to complete your basic preparation for vacationing in Belgium.
We have created a new map of the Best
Places to Visit in Belgium, based on Google Maps. The maps can be used for
creating routes between towns. In addition, the satellite imagery lets you
see more detail about places. especially in Brussels, which features
Considered by some to be the "Venice of the North", Bruges (also
Brugge) is known for its well-preserved Old Town that has UNESCO World
Heritage Site status. Once the leading trading center of Europe and,
also, the world's richest city, today's slow-paced Bruges is a tourist's
The city is famous for its canals, humpbacked bridges, historic
churches, museums, and outstanding architecture.
Bruges is compact and made for walking, boating, wandering, and
relaxing. Be sure to see the canals at night and make time to
visit the Belfry and the Memling Museum.
See our detailed guide to the best places to visit in
Bruges to see photos and descriptions of what there is to see and do
when you visit.
Although its history covers over a thousand years of activity, Brussels is a
contemporary, cosmopolitan and cultured city.
A good place to start you tour of Brussels is the Grand Place (Grote
Markt), which will lead you to notice the Gothic and Classical architectures of
the city's churches and palaces (Palais des Nation, Royal Palace, and
House of Parliament).
Art is prominent in Brussels and a visit to the Royal Museum of Fine Art is a
If you are a "chocoholic" prepare for a taste treat
Read our detailed
Guide to Brussels for the locations of the best chocolatiers in this
dynamic and interesting city.
Finally, remember the saying, "if you are in Brussels, you must try
the Mussels", as they are one of the many famous culinary treats to be
found in this city of excellent restaurants.
Ghent is a historic, industrial city with an interesting, compact, medieval
core. The Old Town is one that is worth your time and the historic center is
a fun place to wander for an afternoon.
If you are going to spend several days in Belgium and have already visited
Brussels, Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp, you might want to consider visiting
stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral).
Roman town with its fortress the Citadel protecting the intersection of the
Sambre and Meuse rivers).
Ardennes is an interesting area to tour, if you are interested in the
history of World War II
The Ardennes is a beacon for many who have read about the epic and pivotal World
War II "Battle of the Bulge" that took place here during December, 1944 and
January 1945. If you have an interest in this topic, a detailed
explanation of the Battle of the Bulge (and exceptionally detailed maps), can be
Bastogne was the center of military activity during the Battle of the Bulge and
we have centered our map symbol for the area on this town
- Located in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium ( a "new" university town about 30 KM
southeast of Brussels) the museum honoring the famous author of the beloved
TinTin adventures opened its doors to the public in 2009.
- Celebrating the art and stories of Georges Remi, better known as Hergé,
the three-story museum presents his work across eight display rooms.
Be prepared to see images of TinTin's dog Snowy, Professor Calculus, and his
fisherman friend Captain Haddock.
- We suspect the museum will be popular with fans, since the books have
sold over 200,000,000 copies in over sixty languages. In addition,
Steven Spielberg is planning a movie based on TinTin, which should increase
the size of the fan base.
- The website of the museum is
here (in EN, FR,
NL) and you can download a brochure that includes descriptions in several
languages. The Museé is located at Rue du Labrador 26, (an address
mentioned in Secrets of the Unicorn), but until maps and GPS units are
updated to include the change in name, you will need to look for Boulevard
du Nord (the former name of the street).
The official tourism website of Belgium is
Visit Belgium. It provides additional details on the best places to
visit in Belgium that we recommend, as well as information on places that did
not make our list.
For country facts on Belgium, as well as travel information related to visas,
driving rules, safety, medical conditions, visas and other travel-related
information, see this page on
Belgium Travel from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. State
Department. Regardless of your home country, we think you will find the
information provided to be useful when planning a trip to Belgium.
If you need information about another travel destination, try our
Destination Guide Index
or Googling ThereArePlaces.
Map of the Best Places
to Visit in Belgium
Cool, temperate, and rainy; summer temperatures average 77°F,
winters average 45°F. Annual extremes (rarely attained) are
10°F and 100°F.