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Belgium, a beautiful country in the Western part of Europe is nothing less than a paradise in disguise. With fine destinations, picturesque spots, castles, fortresses, museums, beautiful canals, fine crafted beer to sip on, fun bars and amazing food, this place deserves to be on the bucket list of every travel enthusiast in the world. Perfect as both a group and solo travel destination, Belgium offers you nothing less than some of the most blissful days of your life. It is guaranteed that the days you spend in Belgium are some of the best you can ever have.

From adventure enthusiasts to peace lovers, foodies and beer lovers, art lovers and history fanatics, this place has a treat in its pocket for everyone. The renaissance architecture, distinctive Dutch and French culture along with some mix of German culture to it is a special aspect of Belgium. Every essence and aspect of this place is an epitome of elegance and charm and you are going to fall in love with this place once you are here. It is a perfect destination or people of all ages and a hub of fun and happiness. You will be nothing but happy when in Belgium because there is a different kind of positivity attached to this place. All you need to do now is book tickets to Belgium right away, and step into your own bubble of comfortable, chilled-out and fun filled holiday.

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  1. Which are the must-visit Attractions to visit in Belgium?

    1. Grand-Place of Brussels: Get a glimpse of Belgium's vernacular architecture at its best at La Grand Place, which is also known as De Grote Markt. The ancient place will mesmerise you with its finely preserved guildhalls and other buildings.
    Look out for the ornate medieval town hall, a masterpiece of late 17th-century Gothic architecture, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you visit the place in August, you will be enthralled looking at the 75 x 24 meter Flower Carpet made of 700,00 cut begonias. 
    Location: The Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium

    2. The Canals and Belfry of Bruges: 
    Take a walking tour along the canals of Bruges and learn about the history of the town which began from the banks of the river Reie. Feel delighted as you stop to admire the views of picturesque bridges and get a glimpse of hidden gardens. You may also opt to take a boat ride in the river from one of the five landings and admire the beautiful belfry from the water. 
    Location: Bruges, Belgium 

    3. Ghent's Gravensteen: 
    Explore Gravensteen, one of the best surviving examples of a moated fortress in Europe. Feel impressed as you look at the strong and thick walls of the fortress which soar up from the Lieve river and think about how well the magnificent fort has been preserved till date.
    As you go inside the fort, vast arched halls and chambers with exhibits from medieval times will not fail to impress you. Climb up the stairs to reach the roof of the fortress to take a look at the panoramic view of the town of Ghent with its stone-paved streets. 
    Location: The GravensteenGhent, Belgium

    4. Horta Museum and Town Houses: 
    Visit Victor Horta’s former home and studio which houses Horta Museum today. The two joined buildings of his house and studio will give you a glimpse of the artist’s detailed construction and decoration visible in the design of his house, his furniture and even on hinges and doorknobs.
    Feel mesmerised looking at the designs of this architect and designer’s 20th-century style known as Art Nouveau on stained glass, mosaics, woodwork, and decorations. Pass by his other major townhouses, now Hôtel Tassel, Hôtel Solvay, Hôtel van Eetvelde, and Maison & Atelier Horta, that have found place in the UNESCO site.
    Location: 23-25 rue Américaine, Saint-Gilles, Brussels

    5. Cathedral of Saint Bavo: 
    You must not miss out on visiting this enthralling cathedral of Ghent, the Cathedral of Saint Bavo, known for its high Gothic choir and Romanesque crypt. The cathedral showcases one of the best religious architecture in Belgium with its soaring building and harmonious stained glass windows.
    See the star attraction of the cathedral, the Flemish masterpiece known as The Altar of Ghent, which is known for its excellent artwork. Visit the mammoth crypt under the cathedral next to take a look at tombs and beautiful wall paintings. 
    Location: The Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium.

    6. Meuse Valley: 
    The breathtakingly beautiful Meuse Valley is spread across the countries of France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Explore Belgium’s part of this valley to get a feel of the rural heartland of the country. Take a river trip in the Meuse river and feel enchanted as you get the breathtaking view of the hilltop castles and fortress ruins amongst dense forest countryside.
    Look out for little waterfront towns which are backed by limestone cliffs. You may either head towards Namur or Dinant, both small towns which act as a gateway of the valley. If you feel adventurous, you may also go on a hiking or cycling trip in the valley. 
    Location: South of Brussels, Belgium.

    7. St. Peter's Church: 
    Witness an example of Brabant Gothic style at the St. Peter's Church, one of the best-preserved churches of Belgium. Feel captivated looking at the church’s 15th-century architecture with dedicated religious art on the choir and ambulatory. Take a look at the Flemish paintings illustrating biblical scenes in this area, where the most eye-catching ones are the Baroque carved pulpit and Dirk Bouts' painting of the Last Supper.
    Location:  Grote Markt, Leuven, Belgium 

    8. Waterloo: 
    History buffs would feel excited visiting the place where the great emperor Napoleon was defeated forever by the Duke of Wellington in the year 1815. Walk across the bucolic landscape of agricultural fields and climb up the artificial hill to take a look at the memorial lion sculpture which sits on the top to commemorate the day when the army of Napoleon was finally stopped. Feel mesmerised looking at the breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside from the top and learn more about the battle and history of Belgium from this landmark. 
    Location: Province du Brabant Wallon, Wallonia , Belgium

    9. Semois Valley: 
    If you are overwhelmed from visiting so many medieval places in Belgium and feel a need for a break, you should head towards the Semois Valley, known to be a nature lover’s paradise. Semois Valley is located in the southern corner of the country with several villages such as Membre, Laforet, and Alle nearby.
    Spend a day or two in one of these villages and enjoy the beauty of the valley where the winding Semois River has cut through the farmlands overlooking the gently sloping forest-clad hills. You can opt for several enjoyable activities in this valley such as camping experience, hiking and also riverboat trips. If you visit the valley in spring, you will be rewarded with wildflower blooms.
    Location: The source of the Semois is in Arlon, Wallonia, Belgian 

    10. Mechelen Old Town: 
    The old town of Mechelen is a great place to visit if you are keen to capture a sense of medieval Belgium. The town has several fine old buildings with a lot of gabled architecture. Walk to the central Grote Markt and observe some of the exceptional buildings such as Townhall and Lakenhall.
    Feel awe-struck looking at the beautiful Sint-Rombouts Cathedral with its tall clock tower rising from behind. Stroll through the centre to take a look at plenty of typical guild house architectures. 
    Location: Mechelen, Antwerp, Belgium.

  2. Which are the famous things to do in Belgium?

    1. Explore Brussels on Hop on Hop off Bus: Explore the city of Brussel’s historic mansions, cathedrals, hidden green spots and many more comfortably by travelling in hop on hop off buses. Just hop off the bus at one stop, spend as much as you like at the place, and hop into another bus once you are done.
    The bus runs through most attractions and you can plan your itinerary as per your wish. Enjoy various sights as you travel from one place to another, sitting on the upper deck. Enjoy visiting the famous
    Triumphal Arch of the Cinquantenaire, which happens to be the gateway to a park built for the 50th birthday of Belgium during your tour. 
    Location: Brussels, Belgium

    2. Visit Mini Europe: 
    Mini Europe will fascinate you with 350 miniature scale models of magnificent monuments of Europe. Feel delighted as you get a 360-degree view of places like  Sacre Coeur in France, the fall of the berlin wall and others. Take a closer look at the crafted replicas of Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, and the Trevi Fountain and note each detail.
    Catch a glance of Europe's glorious history in the miniature form replicas in a setting created by sound effects, and visual lights to help you visualise the moments of the past.
    Location: Av. du Football 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium 

    3. Take A Canal Cruise in Bruges: 
    Your Belgium tour bucket list must contain a canal cruise in Bruges. Often referred to as the Venice of the North, Bruges is well known for its network of canals. Enjoy a cruise through the beautiful canals while admiring the beautiful houses on both sides.
    Admire the amazing bridges of Bruges as you pass by and take a look at the unique architecture of the historical churches and buildings of this place that attracts tourists from all over the world. 
    Location: Bruges, Belgium

    4. Go for a tour of Ghent: 
    Delight in going for a sightseeing tour of the city of  Ghent in Belgium to get a deep insight into the city's ethnic culture, rich history, and interesting beer culture. Explore some of the grand historical sights of the city such as the medieval Gravensteen Castle and indulge yourself in a breathtaking canal cruise that makes the tour a memorable one.
    Indulge in going on a 35-minute long canal cruise across the canals to enjoy breathtaking sights of the city from the water. End your city tour by sampling the Ghent beers including the most famous Gruut. 
    Location: Ghent, Belgium

    5. Enjoy a Spa at Spa: 
    The city of Spa is well known for its natural mineral springs and production of “Spa” mineral waters. This mineral water helps in increasing circulation, metabolism and benefits the skin. Needless to say, going for a Spa treatment in this city with rich mineral water may help you feel rejuvenated and get tons of health benefits.
    Indulge in treatments where modern wellness has been combined with traditional hydrotherapy. Go for peat baths, balneotherapy, massage, facials, saunas, steam rooms, meditation sessions and much more.
    Location: Spa, Belgium

    6. Take a Beer Walking Tour: 
    Your trip to Belgium will be incomplete if you do not visit one of the breweries and taste some varieties of craft Beers. Belgium is no.1 in craft beers and some of its variants such as Leffe Brown, Lambic the St. Bernardus Abt 12 and the Westmalle Tripel are simply awesome. Taste some Trappist Beer which is made by monks.
    An excellent way to do this is to go on a Beer Walking Tour in Brussels, which will take you to some of the best bars. Learn about the beer culture and also the histories of some of the breweries and bars. 
    Location: Brussels, Belgium

    7. Taste Delicious Belgian Chocolate: 
    Start your chocolaty journey from The Choco-Story museum where you will get to know how Aztecs grew the cocoa trees to make one of the best chocolates in the world. Take a look at some of the famous chocolate-making workshops and learn how they make chocolates in the live chocolate-making demonstrations. Feel delighted tasting some of the samples of the delectable Belgian Chocolates before visiting the famous chocolate shops to purchase more to take back home. 
    Location: Rue de l'Etuve 41, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

    8. Enjoy A Shopping Expedition: 
    No vacation is complete with a shopping expedition and in Belgium, you have an extra reason to shop! Go for a shopping experience at Maasmechelen Village Shopping Express and enjoy getting a whopping discount on items such as clothes, bags, shoes, accessories, and many more items from well-known brands such as Calvin Klien, Armani, BOSS, Max Mara, Puma Ted Baker, etc.
    A village bus will take you to this centre from Brussels where there are 100+ shops by the world’s best fashion and luxury brands. Once you are done, the same bus will take you back to Brussels.
    Location: Rue du Marché aux Peaux 1/13, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

    9. Go on a Gastronomic Adventure: 
    Apart from chocolates and beers, Belgium is also well known for its delicious waffles, crunchy french fries and others. What could be a better way to relish these delicious treats than going on a Food Walking Tour.
    Do a bit of sightseeing as you walk across some of the landmarks of Brussel and hop to local restaurants, cafes, taverns and shops. Stop at one of the cafes or waffle stands to taste some thick Belgian waffle with mouthwatering toppings such as strawberries, jam, whipped cream or icing sugar. Try out some mussels, fries, Waterzooi, beef stew, etc at different eateries. Learn some fascinating facts about Belgian specialities and cuisines during your tour.
    Location: Brussels, Belgium

    10. Witness night scenes of Brussel: 
    If you are in Brussel and wondering what to do at night, you can go on a pub crawl. The pub crawl will take you to various pubs where you will be able to get free shots and special drinks. You will also be able to visit nightclubs to party all night. 
    Location: Brussels, Belgium

  3. Which are the best heritage places to visit in Belgium?

    1. Basilica of the Holy Blood: Bruges: Feel swept away by the medieval architecture of Bruges along with its canals, bridges, lace shops and more. Visit Basilica of the Holy Blood, the chapel with enchanting Romanesque and neo-Gothic architecture. Feel mesmerised looking at the vial which is said to be containing a drop of Jesus Christ’s holy blood, brought back to Belgium after the Second Crusade.

    2. The Battlefield of Waterloo:
    Feel excited as you visit the destination, where one of the most important battles, the battle of Waterloo, was fought. This is the place where the  Duke of Wellington had destroyed Napoleon's imperial power forever in the year 1815. Take a walk around the historical site and reach the Lion’s Mound, from where an enormous cast-iron lion keeps a watch over the battlefield below.

    3. Gravensteen Castle:
    The Gravensteen Castle, an 11th-century castle, is one of Europe’s examples of a moated fortress that has still survived. Feel awe-struck as you explore the place and see its turrets, arrow slits, etc. Get a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside from its top.

    4. Rubenshuis:
    Art lovers would be thrilled to get a rare glimpse of the art, work and life of the greatest baroque artists of the 16th century at Rubenshuis located at Antwerp.

  4. Which are the famous places to explore nature & wildlife in Belgium?

    1. Hoge Kempen National Park: Take a trip to this amazing park that used to be used for mining purposes earlier. Take a walk across the park or cycle around to spot a wide range of reptiles, dragonflies, butterflies and many more. Feel amazed looking at artificial lakes that used to be gravel pits during mining days.

    2. Zwin Nature reserve:
    Visit Zwin Nature reserve, one of the oldest nature reserves of Belgium which is one of the best places to visit if you wish to see lots of wildlife. Explore the park that is covered with marshes and dunes and is well known for its Belgium wolves. The park is also an excellent spot for catching sight of migratory seabirds.

    3. High Fens-Eifel Nature Park:
    Located around the Walloon province of Liège and the German Eifel region, High Fens-Eifel Nature Park is another popular natural reserve of Belgium. Visit this park to be rewarded with views of wildlife such as wildcats, roe deer, wild boar, and many more. Opt for a hiking or cycling trip in this park and reach the highest point in Belgium, the Signal de Botrange.

    4. Valleys of the Burdinale and Mehaigne Natural Park:
    The Valleys of the Burdinale and Mehaigne Natural Park is spread over 11000 hectares in Wallonia and is well known for their wide range of biodiversity. Visit this protected area to take a look at its rich presence of wildlife for which it is famous.

  5. Is it expensive to visit Belgium?

    Yes, in Belgium, expenses are slightly on the higher side. You may end up spending  €114 per person per day in this country. Accommodation cost, transportation and food expenses are on the higher side, with a place to stay for two people coming for €113, transportation around  €14 and meals for €34.

  6. Which is the best season to visit Belgium?

    The best time to visit Belgium is between the middle of May till the middle of October. These months have ideal weather conditions with moderate weather, making it suitable for outdoor sightseeing. 

  7. What is the most visited city in Belgium?

    The capital city of Belgium, Brussels, is the most visited in the country. Brussel is known to be a hub of palaces, museums, mansions, and chapels for which it has become a popular hot spot. The city is also known for the amazing shopping nightlife experiences that it gives to its visitors. Visit the city to get a glimpse of an astounding blend of ancient architecture and culture along with modern ones.

  8. Is Belgium safe for tourists?

    Yes, generally speaking, Belgium is a safe place to travel. The streets are always lit and you will find the locals to be helpful. However, similar to all other popular places, there are petty crimes like bag-snatching, pickpocketing, conning etc from which you must keep yourself safe. 

  9. How many days do I need in Belgium?

    You can spend 4 days in Belgium to be able to cover all the important landmarks. An ideal itinerary for your trip can be as follows: 

    • Day 1: Sightseeing of Brussel visiting places such as Grand Place and Town Hall, Manneken Pis, Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, Royal Palace of Brussels, Mont des Art, Atomium, Mini Europe etc.
    • Day 2: Visit Antwerp and take a look at Steen Castle, Cathedral of our Lady, Rubens House, Central Station, Grote Markt etc. 
    • Day 3: Spend half a day each at Ghent and Bruges. Places you must not miss in Ghent include Gravensteen, Leie river, Belfry and Cloth Hall, Saint-Bavo’s Cathedral. Bruges top attractions which you should visit are Burg Square, Belfort of Bruges, Lake of LOve, Market Place etc.
    • Day 4: Visit some of the World War I battlefields and memorials near Ypres such as Flanders Fields Museum, Menin Gate, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial, Yser Tower and so on.
  10. How much does a trip to Belgium cost?

    A trip to Belgium for two people for 4 days would cost around €912. You will be spending an average of €114 per head per day. While an average meal for a day per person would cost you  €34, accommodation for two people would come at  €113. And another  €14 would be required for local sightseeing and transportation. 

  11. How much money should I take to Belgium?

    You should take around €1000 for your expenses in Belgium for two people spending 4 days in the country. This is excluding the expenses that are to be incurred for two-way airfare. 

  12. What is Belgium famous for?

    Belgium is widely famous for its awesome chocolates, waffles, comic strips and beer. Apart from these, the country is well known for its ancient cities such as Bruges, Ghent, Leuven, Antwerp etc. with Gothic cathedrals, castles, battlefields etc. The country is also known as a land of music festivals and parades. The country is also proud of having the smallest city in the world at Durbuy. 

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