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Belgium sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

You will find many interesting places in Belgium. Nearly every town of the country is home to beautiful castles, churches and cathedrals, medieval buildings and museums. The best way to start your acquaintance with Belgium is to visit Brussels.
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The old part of the city is the most interesting place for tourists. Locals call old town in a very unusual way – Pentagon. The district was called this way because of numerous circle shaped boulevards that were built instead of former protective facilities. Grand Place Square is a must visit place for all tourists. The building of City Hall is also located on the square. The Museum of Brussels is located on the opposite side, and the historic district of the city starts right after the square. That place is a must visit one for tourists, as the majority of centuries old buildings, churches and squares are located there. The Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert are one of the most famous landmarks of Brussels. This is an architectural complex that combines theatres, art galleries and museums. There are several dozen of public places there.
Continue your travel in Belgium by visiting the city of Anderlecht. The most important sights of the city include the Museum of Erasmus of Rotterdam, Astrid Park, Gaasbeek Castle and Constant Vanden Stock Stadium. The city of Antwerpen is famous for its numerous museums. There are more than 30 museums in total in the city. The most famous ones are the Royal Museum of Art, Plantin Moretus Museum, Mayer Van Den Bergh Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of National Art and Ethnography, the Museum of Sculptures and Folklore Museum. There are also architectural places of interest in Belgium, the most famous ones being Bodenbond Tower and Royal Palace built back the 18th century. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The town of Lier is also worth closest attention. The most famous sights of the town are Zimmer Tower and old astronomy clock. Continue your travel, and you will reach Kalmthout Nature Reserve that is located nearby. The reserve features simply unforgettable combination of sand dunes and dense forests. Tourists, who wish to see more historic places, are welcome to visit Gent, the central part of which is a true open-air museum. Such magnificent sights as St. Bavo’s Cathedral, St. Peter’s Abbey, Van Der Meer Palace, St. Jacob Church and Royal Palace on Breydelstraat Street are definitely worth closest attention. Travellers, who enjoy going to museums, will be pleased as well as there are more than ten large museums in Gent.

History and Entertainment

Belgium is one of those countries that are considered as universal tourist areas. It will be very interesting for adherents of different entertainments to vacation here. The country is notable for its luxurious beaches, unique attractions and picturesque natural sites. The most famous beach resort is Ostende. The length of its sandy beach is 9 km.
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The resort is quite crowded and noisy. Fans of peaceful recreation often prefer the neighboring town of De Panne. Fans of elite recreation usually visit the resort of Knokke-Heist. There are a lot of luxurious hotels and restaurants. Newport is very popular with surfers and yachtsmen. The resort is characterized by a well-developed sports infrastructure.
Mechelen Euroshopping Belgium is one of the most interesting European countries for spending the Christmas holidays. The city is transformed already in early December. They are decorated with festive lights. There are Christmas markets and fairs everywhere. In summer, on 21 July, the important National Day of Belgium is celebrated.
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For many years, Belgian cities have been a place where major international festivals are held. In summer, the jazz festival called Middelheim is organized in Antwerpen. Ostende is notable for its themed fests dedicated to antiques and photography. In June, Audenarde is always visited by connoisseurs of an amber drink. The Beer Festival is annually held here. The greatest festival is the Ghent holidays celebrated in July. For 10 days, Ghent is transformed into a big outdoor concert stage. There are theatrical, musical and dance performances in the city streets and squares.
Belgium has its incomparable food symbols, the most famous of which are waffles and chocolate. Sweet-teeth have an opportunity to visit special shops in any city or town. One of the most popular treats is chocolate from the historical Mary Chocolatier factory. At one time, this company produced chocolate only for the royal family. The most popular national drink is beer. Over 600 sorts of beer are produced in Belgium.
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Michelin-starred restaurants in Belgium
♥   Restaurant '’t Nieuw Stadion' Gentbrugge. Type - Traditional cuisine|Meats and grills. On the map   Photos
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♥   Restaurant '’t Oud Gemeentehuis' Hansbeke. Type - Grills. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant '’t Overhamme' Aalst. Type - Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant '’t Pakhuis' Zeebrugge. Type - Seafood. On the map   Photos
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Castles of Belgium
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♥   Castle 'Bouchout Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Bouillon Castle' . On the map   Photos
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Famous and uniques places in Belgium from our review series

Antwerp City Hall

From the series “Famous Buildings of Renaissance Architecture”
The Antwerp City Hall is a great example of Holland Renaissance. This magnificent city hall has been built for four years and was finished only in 1565. Notwithstanding the city hall’s age, the building has saved many original elements. As many years ago, the hall’s façade is decorated with medieval heraldic symbols. Not so far next to them has appeared bright flags of Antwerp margraves and Spanish dukes.

A famous Belgium architect Cornelis Floris De Vriendt has projected the Antwerp City Hall. Apart from classical marks of the Renaissance epoch, the building has the unique elements of Flemish Gothic. Together they make the four stored building look marvellous. The historical building height is 76 meters. It is placed in the main city square where are held social and holiday events. … Read all

Central Station Antwerp

From the series “Top 14 Most Astonishing Railway Stations in the World”
The central Antwerp railway station is one of the most beautiful landmarks of the city. It is located in the magnificent building made in the neo-baroque style in the beginning of the 20th century. A great sum of money was spent on this building. The sum was enormous because there were used more than 20 types of stone and marble. Nowadays the marvellous railway station, located on the Astrid square, receive trains from Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and some Belgium towns.

The famous architect Louis Dela censerie has built this marvellous railway station. Today the station's building impresses not only with its exterior but also with the interior. In the building has been saved an adorable cupola like celling. It is decorated with the paintings and outstanding leaded panels. Wide marble … Read all

Brugge

From the series “The Last City-Fortresses Survived to This Day”
Brugge is one of the most picturesque town of Europe. It has unique medieval landmarks. Not only fortress walls and some fragments of the fort but also a lot of unique medieval buildings were saved till our days. The Church of Our Lady is one of them. It was built in the beginning of the 13th century. The outstanding architectural monument of the 12th century is the Saint Salvator's Cathedral, the Basilica of the Holy Blood.

Many excursions begin from the Markt Square. Several historical objects are situated right near it. For example: the guard tower Belfort. It’s 83 meters high and dated from 1240 year. The town is also known thanks to its cultural centers. There has placed the world-known Groeninge museum, which has an extensive collection of medieval and early modern art, including … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Belgium

Brussels
Brugge
Grote Market. The central square of the city is located in the very heart of Bruges. At the square you'll find a lot of marvellous historical buildings. The Belfort built in the 12th century is one of them. The tower of this building is 83 meter high and it deflects to the left for a meter. Grote Market is also home to various cafes and restaurants. By the way, carriage excursions also start there. This is a very popular kind of entertainment in Bruges. Halve Maan. Halve Maan is a brewery, … Read more
Antwerpen
The Guilds houses. Don’t forget to visit the Guilds houses that are located in the northern side of the square. Unfortunately, these houses are not the original buildings. Most of the houses were burnt down in 1576, and later they were reconstructed. The biggest house is called the Spanish House (Pand van Spanje). You will find it at St. Joris Street 7. The façade of the building depicts a dragon and St. Joris, who manages to escape nearly inevitable death and kill the dangerous creature. The … Read more
Oostende
A kind of symbol of the resort city is the Thermae Palace. Many eminent persons chose this chic thermal complex as a vacation spot. The thermal complex located in a luxury park is presently open to the public. In the warmer months, its guests can find a public swimming pool and an incredibly beautiful Japanese garden in the immediate vicinity of the palace. Not long ago an art gallery was opened here in the park, so you can always diversify your health-improving vacation with an interesting … Read more
Gent
Church of St. Nicholas was built in the XIII century in the early Gothic style. The Lantern tower of the building is a place of a particular interest. Thanks to it, the church is lit by a special, absolutely unique light. The church is in the process of restoration since 1960, but, despite this fact, solemn messes and other prayers take place inside its walls. The church is also open for visitors. The Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Belford Bell Tower, and the church of St. Nicholas form the famous … Read more
Spa
Fulpmes itself is also not deprived of religious landmarks. Besides the gorgeous St Vitus Church, vacationers are recommended to explore Sagerer Church that is believed to be the oldest in the whole region. First mentions of the church date back to 1368, but the exact building date is still not clearly known. Sagerer Church has managed to keep many original elements of design. Travelers interested in exploring mountain regions also have a fantastic opportunity to see Schlicker Alm Chapel. It … Read more

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