The 4 Most Wonderful Places To Visit in Belgium
This multilingual and charming pearl of Europe may be small, but there are countless things to see and do for all ages. Museums, art, architecture, hiking, chocolate, beer…. Belgium has it all!
Whether you are visiting Belgium for the first time or are a seasoned traveler, there is always something new to discover.
Of course, the capital of Belgium, Brussels, cannot be left out of this list of the “Most Beautiful Places in Belgium”. To be honest, it is certainly not the most beautiful city on this list, but some parts of it certainly have their charm:
The Maniken Pis in Brussels, an iconic Belgian landmark
No visit to Brussels is complete without seeing this adorable statue. Kids will love it so much they won’t even realize they’re in for a history lesson when they see this pee-wee boy. The 55cm “Maneken Pis” stands proudly in the old town of Brussels, near the Grand Place. Depending on the time of day they come, they are either completely naked or dressed in Christmas costumes or some kind of Elvis costume. There is even a chamberlain.
Belgium’s Chocolate City
Who doesn’t love chocolate? No visit to Belgium is complete without a taste of chocolate. Your child (and partner) will tour a traditional Brussels workshop and learn how the world’s finest chocolate is made. Both are irresistible! Attend live demonstrations, taste delicious creations, and take home memories.
Atomium: Remarkable and Intriguing (Great Place to Have Lunch With Kids!)
This imposing building on the Hazel Plateau of Raquet stands proudly against the Brussels skyline and represents the magic of science. But you don’t have to be a scientist to fall in love with the Atomium: nine giant iron balls are connected by thin tubes to entertain your children like iron crystals magnified 165 billion times. Amazing! And for the parents, a walk through the giant metal spheres will give you a great view of this amazing city.
2) Ghent: Lively and Cosmopolitan
This small, charming city in northwestern Belgium is less than an hour’s drive from Brussels and is full of classic architecture, some of Belgium’s best museums, and trendy cafes. How about a beer with friends? Belgium is famous for its microbrews, and there is no better place to taste them than in Ghent. The best way to explore Ghent is by bicycle. Adults and small families alike can rent them at a variety of locations. Park your car on the city’s outskirts and rent a bike for the day.
3) Antwerp: The Elegant Gateway to Europe
In northern Belgium, just a 40-minute drive from Brussels, lies Antwerp, the second-largest port in Europe. Antwerp has something for everyone, whether you love the sea or just like to sit on a bench and watch the world go by. And even if architecture is not your thing, you will be amazed by the design of the port office. But there is much more to discover in Antwerp, whether with friends or a partner. It is a city of contrasts, combining fashion, diamonds, cool bars, and restaurants with its industrial role as the gateway to Europe.
4) Bruges Is Not to Be Missed
Beautiful buildings, picturesque streets, cobblestone avenues, and a beautiful network of canals… Bruges is a charming city in Belgium not to be missed. You will never want to leave this small medieval town. What are the best things to do in Bruges? Children love to ride in horse-drawn carriages. It’s a great way to teach them a little culture. Or how about a leisurely boat ride along the picturesque canals? At the end of the day, enjoy a Belgian beer or a hot chocolate for the kids (Belgian style, of course) at one of the street cafes in the historic city center.
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