So you’re undecided on whether going to Belgium or not on your upcoming holiday. You’ve heard that it is a great place to visit and to have a good time but you’re not sure if it’s really what you want. Well, have no fear! In a few paragraphs, we will go over my ideal Belgian vacation. The country has distinctive regions where a different language is spoken. For example, Dutch is spoken in the North, French in the Southern region and German in a community to the east. The Capital – Brussels – However is bilingual.
So you have just landed at Brussels airport. Belgium has a wide range of selection when it comes to transportation. Assuming you have found a safe and quick method of transportation you should now be on your way to your hotel. If you haven’t on the other hand, then you can always call up on a taxi to come pick you up. Vtc-belgium.com has your back covered if you have any specific needs. Transportation in Brussels is just as smooth as an angel on roller skates, so it will be easy for you to get from place to place.
The First Day
Now in full tourist mode, it’s now time to do some visiting. Brussels is known for its food and beer, expansive parks, cobblestone streets, cafes and more. The first attraction worth visiting in Brussels is without a doubt, the Grand Place. Located at the center of Brussels, it is considered as one of the most beautiful places in the world due to its decorative and aesthetic wealth. The “Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts” is also an ideal monument for artsy folks. Located in downtown Brussels on the Coudenberg. The museum is home to thousands of paintings, drawings as well as structures dating from the 15th to the 21st century. It is open on weekdays from Tuesday to Thursday at 10 AM to 5 PM and at 11 AM to 6 PM on weekends. The museum is closed on Mondays.
To The North We Go
A few days later, you have decided to get out of the capital, this time you are headed north, up to the city of Ghent. An overlooked city and less touristy compared to other Belgian cities. Tourists tend to go straight to Bruges and skip Ghent when visiting Belgium. What they don’t realize it that Ghent is a rather charming city. An interesting monument which you can visit is St. Bavo’s Cathedral. It features an impressive sophisticated structure and architecture, as well as a ton of art to discover and best of all, it is free to enter. Ghent is without a doubt an architectural haven, a hidden gem in Europe. However our journey continues as a matter of fact we will be continuing north to the city of Bruges.
When in Belgium, the city of Bruges is definitely a must. Its main attractions include the 14th Century town hall or Stadhuis. Located at Burg square it is where the city has been governed for over 600 years. Aside from the town hall, Bruges is home to beautiful market squares, and you can’t forget the canals of Bruges who are often referred to Venice of The North. A walk along the canals can lead you away from the busy marketplaces, but still cut through the historic landmarks of Bruges. You can also see the town from a different perspective by going on a boat trip on the Reie, which departs from several points at the center of town. Be aware of the busy hours as waiting times could increase. Overall you cannot pass up visiting Bruges during your stay.
Now approaching the end of your holiday, on your way back to Brussels it isn’t a bad idea to travel to Tournai to visit The Cathedral of Our Lady (Cathédrale de Notre Dame in French) as it is an impressive example of Romanesque architecture in Europe. Belgium isn’t just home to great architecture; it is also home to some of the finest culinary aces. Throughout your stay, you might have found that waffles, chocolate and fries shop are on every street. Those are in fact, Belgian specialties, so if you haven’t had a go at the food the country has to offer, then now would definitely be a good time to try. Also, Belgian beer tastings and workshops can be found throughout Brussels. Beer is also a specialty of Belgium. So before you go home you have a change to become a “Belgian beer Connoisseur”. To summarize, Belgium is a country often overlooked, but is definitely a country that every wander lust should have on to their bucket list.