Situated in the heart of Europe, Belgium is a perfect starting point for your European getaway. It’s a tiny country located in the western part of Europe yet rich in culture and history. It is the home of European Union and NATO headquarters, as well as thousands of picturesque castles.
Belgium, the heart of Europe
Belgium is also a food haven as most staple foods available in shops nowadays are made known globally by Belgians. To name them, there is the Belgian waffles, fries, pralines, and beers. They even have 100 types of beers which they still locally produced up to date. Another fun fact about this nation is that they have three official languages namely Dutch, French and German. So if you’re planning to visit the heart of Europe soon, you may already start learning basic survival words of those languages mention. You may find that learning languages are very helpful as you may also visit other Belgian bordering countries like The Netherlands, France, and Germany.
Convenient train traveling
However, for most tourists, the main reason of visit to Belgium is its magical places which can all be visited within three to five days. What is so nice about this country is that it can be conveniently traveled by train. With train transportation, point East can easily reach point west in just no time. So it’s much easier to travel from one city to another without losing a lot of travel time. Therefore the train is a vital transportation while traveling the heart of Europe.
Places to visit
Here are the suggested best places to visit in the heart of Europe. While doing enjoy the magnificent places in Belgium.
1. The Arc de Triomphe – It is situated in the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels and has the best view of the park and the city. Visit here during spring and summer seasons and you’ll surely make beautiful postcards for your family and friends back home.
2. Liege – Guillemins train station – Liege is a beautiful municipality placed in a French-speaking area of Belgium. They’ve got the tastiest Luikse waffles and a lot of tourist places to visit as well. Don’t forget to drop by at their modern train station by architect Santiago Calatrava.
3. Knokke – Heist – It is just located in the coastal area of the country along the south border of the Netherlands. The city is great to unwind during warmer days. Stroll around the Zwin Nature Park for relaxation or spying seabirds. If bored, go out and shop in their posh shopping areas.
4. Ieper – This town is placed in the province of West Flanders. Since it is surrounded by World War battlefields, many of the memorials and museums were built to remember war heroes who sacrificed their lives for their country. Notice the gothic styles of their buildings around the city too.
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5. Antwerp – The most populous city in Belgium offers the most places to visit. There are so many things to do in Antwerp from shopping in Meir Street, visiting the China Town and the Central Station which is right next to each other, up to taking photos of the museums and churches.
6. Leuven – Just right east of Brussels is Leuven, the capital of Flemish Brabant. It is a beautiful town with lots of places to visit like the Oude Markt and the Gothic St. Peter’s Church. The city boasts its university, KU Leuven as among the bests in Europe with its high-quality education.
7. Brugge – A romantic place to have a dinner date with your love is just less than an hour ride from Brussels via an IC train. Brugge is considered the Venice of Western Europe with its beautiful canals, cobbled streets, and medieval buildings. Try their mussels and fries for lunch as well.
8. Gent – The city that used to be a very prominent state during the Medieval period, is now a university spot and a melting pot of different cultures. It has the best medieval buildings in Belgium from Gravensteen castle to its churches like St. Bavo and St. Michael. Just like Brugge, it’s a perfect place to ride a boat tour.
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9. Atomium – It is probably the most popular landmark in Belgium and known around the world. The construction of this architecture was made possible for the 1958 Brussels World Fair. When you get hungry while around the area, don’t worry as you may find vendors selling Belgian fries and snacks around the corner.
10. Dinant – Another gem to spend time in Belgium is Dinant, located in the province of Namur. It’s a charming city sitting along the river of Meuse. When in there, go and find the statue of Adolphe Sax, the man behind the saxophone. Also, visit the citadel and Church of Our Lady(Collegiale Notre-Dame).
11. Lion’s Mound, Braine – l’Alleud – It took three years to completely finish the gigantic cone surrounding the landmark (1823-1826). The mound is placed on top of the cone and has a lion symbol that signifies the victory for the monarch. The hilltop gives you the best panoramic view of the battlefield and the battles’ different stages.
12. Kerstmarkt – This Dutch word means Christmas market. During Christmas season, every Belgian visits or drop by the Christmas market in their town to grab some hot wine for a drink with friends or family. As a tourist who happens to be in Belgium or any European country during Christmas, don’t ever skip the Christmas market. Enjoy the winter ambiance along with music, some wine, and a little shopping.
Is it your first time traveling to the heart of Europe?
Do you live in Belgium but haven’t visited some of these places? Then, it’s the perfect time for you to discover these Belgian cities and places. If you want to read more articles about travels or the heart of Europe. So, feel free to comment down below and share it with your friends.
Learn more about visiting Belgium from the official tourism website.
The second quarter of 2018 is just kicking off. If you haven’t downloaded yet any of our calendars, then feel free to access them. We’ve also made a Belgium Photo Calendar 2018 that features all beautiful places listed above. Once downloaded, let us know how you find the calendar.