In addition to picturesque coastal towns, Belgium has a lot more to offer. Many larger cities in the interior invite you to a city break or a short trip . Exciting sights, historic city centers, impressive marketplaces and culinary highlights: Belgium’s (large) cities in Flanders have it all.
If you come to Belgium, you should n’t miss a stop in the capital, Brussels . In addition to the seat of the Belgian king, the headquarters of NATO and the headquarters of the EU are also located here, which is probably one of the reasons why the city is very multicultural. In addition to the main attractions such as the landmark Manneken Pis, the Atomium and the Europaviertel, you should definitely make a detour to the Jubelpark with its triumphal arch. You should also take a look at the Palais Royal , take a break at the Grote Markt and watch the hustle and bustle. Brussels also has a lot to offer from a culinary point of view. Especially chocolate lovers get their money’s worth here, because Belgian chocolate is heavenly, especially on a Belgian waffle! You can try it in Chocolaterie Zaabar (for chocolate) or in Maison Dandoy (for waffles). But even if you prefer hearty delicacies, you will find some delicacies in Brussels. Belgian fries, for example, always work, right? You can find great little restaurants and cafes all over town.
Now follow me to the World Heritage City of Bruges to discover the beautiful, medieval city center with its numerous historical buildings and cultural sights. The Belgian Hanseatic city is one of the most impressive cities in Europe and not without reason. Rather unknown for a long time and only visited by individual tourists, it has become more and more popular in recent years. Dare to climb the Belfry Tower, because from here you have a wonderful view over the whole city. The Gruuthuse museum is also a well-known sight that you shouldn’t miss.
By the way, Bruges is also called the Venice of the North, which is due to the numerous canals that run through the city. The houses reflected in the water and the small bridges create a romantic flair. So stroll along the shore and enjoy beautiful Bruges!
Another highlight of a Belgium vacation is the beautiful city of Antwerp . Antwerp is the city of diamonds and fashion and convinces in many ways. Especially those interested in fashion will get their money’s worth here. Since six graduates of the Antwerp fashion school became world famous in the early 80s, fashion and shopping have become an integral part of this city. But the city is not to be underestimated in other ways either. Take a look at the Antwerp train station, one of the most beautiful train stations in the world, stroll from there to the Jewish and diamond districts and learn more about the history of this city.
The historic city center also has some sights to offer, such as the impressive town hall on the Grote Markt. You shouldn’t miss the third largest seaport in Europe either. On the viewing platform of the modern landmark MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) you have a wonderful all-round view of the city and the harbor.
According to cheeroutdoor, the city of Ghent in the heart of the Flanders region impresses primarily with its romantic flair . When you visit the historic old town, you feel like you’ve traveled back in time. The city is one open-air museum and can be explored both on foot and by boat. The boat tours are very popular, especially in summer, and cost around € 7. The view from St. Michael’s Bridge to the three towers is the most famous in the city and a popular photo opportunity. If you get hungry, you will find delicious Belgian waffles or French fries on every corner , numerous restaurants offer you dishes from almost all cuisines of the world.
The graffiti street is a special highlight and a total contrast to the historic old town . There are graffiti paintings on the house walls along the entire street. If you want to find out more about the individual paintings, there are free walking tours every weekend where you will be told a lot about the graffiti. When you’re ready for some history again, you should pay a visit to the St. Bavo Cathedral and the Count’s Castle. Incidentally, Ghent is particularly beautiful in the evening, because then the historic buildings are illuminated with warm light and create a particularly romantic atmosphere.