Saturday, August 20 2022

1. Brussels

Brussels is the capital city of Belgium which grew from a small fortified town founded in the 10th century by Charlemagne to the largest city in the nation. It is also the most popular tourist destination in the country. Both Dutch as well as French are spoken in Brussels and as a result, most of the signs feature both languages.

Grand Place Brussels photo
Photo by Frank Smout

Grand Place, Brussels

2. Bruges

The largest city in the West Flanders province of Belgium is that of Bruges. The city of Bruges is commonly referred to as the Venice of the North due to the many canals and waterways which traverse the 430 hectare city. Bruges is home to one of the largest ports in the nation and was once known as one of the most important commercial cities in the world. One of the main city’s sights include Belfry situated in The Markt (“Market square”).

Belfry in Bruges photo
Photo by destinatio (very busy)

Belfry in Bruges

3. Antwerp

The city of Antwerp can be found in the Belgium province of Flanders. It is considered to be the most populated city in the country and as such offer many fine activities all year long and at any time of day or night. The city is known as for the nearby Westerschelde estuary as well as for its important role in the history of the nation.

Antwerp Cathedral photo
Photo by batuceper

Antwerp Cathedral

4. Leuven

The capital of the Flemish Brabant Province is none other than that of Leuven. It is a historical city with a rich and colorful history. It is also home to one of the largest brewers in the world; Anheuser-Busch. It is also home to the oldest university in Belgium. The Katholieke Universiteit is considered to be the oldest Catholic university in the world.

Leuven Town Hall photo
Photo by jackfre2

Leuven Town Hall

5. Ostend

The city of Ostend is located in the West Flanders Province along the colorful Belgium coastline. The original city dates back hundreds of years where it originally was centered on a small island just off the coast. However, the entire city was relocated in 1395 to its present location because of the dangers of living on the coast of the North Sea.

Ostend Church photo
Photo by OliBac

Ostend Church

6. Blankenberge

You will find the town of Blankenberge along the coastline in the West Flanders province of Belgium. This coastal town is a popular tourist destination and is also home to an internationally renowned sea side resort that boasts a charming white sand beach and a 350 meter long pier that shoots out into the North Sea.

Blankenberge beach photo
Photo by VISITFLANDERS

Blankenberge beach

7. Durbuy

In the Province of Luxembourg, you will find the small town of Durbuy which is known as a popular tourist destination hotspot in the country of Belgium. Because of its history, one can find a number of ancient dig sites and artifacts located throughout the nearby countryside. Durbuy is known for the prehistoric megaliths found just outside of the city.

Parc des topiaires in Durbuy photo
Photo by Thomas Cook Belgium

Parc des topiaires in Durbuy

8. Liège

The city of Liège is located in Belgium, in the province which shares the same name. It is fairly large city with three-quarters of a million inhabitants. As the third most populated city in the country, there is always a number of things to see and do in and around the city. It is located along the Meuse River, near the borders of Germany and the Netherlands.

 Liège photo
Photo by seerrggee

Liège

9. De Haan

The city of De Haan is located in the West Flanders Province. Most of the buildings in this coastal village feature Belle Époque architecture which gives the city a unique charm of its own. The city is known as an important stopping point for Albert Einstein as he left Nazi Germany.

De Haan low tide photo
Photo by ines s.

De Haan low tide

10. Ypres

The city of Ypres can be found in the West Flanders province of Belgium. Known to British Toops as Wipers, this Belgium town played a crucial role in World War I. There were very intense as well as sustained battles between Allied and German forces. As a result, the town suffered heavy damages throughout the Great War.

Ypres photo
Photo by Bernt Rostad

Ypres

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