Saturday, 25 August 2018

Belgium Tour | Best places to visit in Belgium

Belgium is a European country based in Western Europe, known for historical towns, architecture and as main center of the NATO and European Union. The country has different regions like, at the north Dutch-speaking Flanders, at the south French-speaking Wallonia and a German speaking section to the east. The Capital of this country, Brussels, has elegant art buildings and ornate guildhalls at Grand Place. Traveling in Belgium brings images of medieval buildings, beautiful canals, tasty beer, and chocolates. In this remarkable European country lots of things to see, the people of this country are very friendly with tourists. From fashionable cities boasting glamorous shops and galleries to cobblestone streets with museums, lots to see here.

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Bruges
Bruges is a capital city of the West Flander located in northwest Belgium, it is also called as a "Venice of the North", because of its canals, cobbled streets and medieval architecture. Its Zeebrugge, Port is a main and important center for fishing and trade. The 14th century city hall, Stadhuis in the burg square has an decorated carved roof, the Markt square has a 13th-century belfry with a 47-bell carillon and 83m tower which provides panoramic views of the city. Some other attractions to visit is the Saint John’s Hospital, which was built in 1188 and the spectacular Gruuthuse Mansion.

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Brussels
Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, is a region comprising 19 municipalities, including Brussels, known for its diversity of sites and attractive places. This city of Belgium is a center of many European institutions and the most important landmark Grand Place is the city’s center which was built in the 13th century. Rooftop cafes and pubs are seen around this central square. Some other sites to visit such as the Gothic style Town Hall, enjoy shopping at the Galeries St. Hubert, which filled by theaters, shops and cafes.

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Ghent
Ghent is a historical port city located in northwest of Belgium, at the meeting point of the Leie and Scheldt rivers. During the Middle Ages, it was one richest and prominent city in Europe. It was once, the second largest city in the north Alps, after Paris. Today, it is known as the cultural hub of a country. The main attractions are the 12th-century Gravensteen castle, the old Graslei harbour and grand medieval cathedrals. The influence of this rich history can be clearly seen in the city, when you see the imposing architecture of churches and the houses.

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Antwerp
Antwerp is a port city of Belgium located on Scheldt river with a long history dating back to the Middle Ages. It's offers a perfect mixture of history and modern life. The city is well known as the Diamond District, where thousands of diamond traders, cutters and polishers are living and more than 70 percent of world’s rough diamonds are traded from here. The Flemish architecture of this city is represented by the Grote Markt, a central square in the old town. Here you can see the 17th century Rubens House, which displays the works of Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, the Plantin Moretus Museum and the Saint Paul’s Church.

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Ardennes
Ardennes is a region of extensive forest located in Southeast of Belgium with rugged hills, caves, cliffs and tight forest that spreads into Luxembourg, Germany and France. This region is also a home of some wild animal such as deer, wild boar and lynx. Ardennes also has some notable sights like, caves of Han-sur-Lesse, Bouillon castle and the modern Labyrinth of Barvaux are some of the best picks to explore. This is a best place for hiking, biking and camping.

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Mechelen
Mechelen is a city of northern Belgium located between Brussels and Antwerp. Mechelen is one of the best places to visit in Belgium and lots to see and do here, visit the 13th-century St. Rumbold’s Cathedral and The attached St. Rumbold’s Tower to enjoy the panoramic 360-degree views of the city. Enjoy the boat rides and explore the Beguinage Brewery. Don’t miss to visit the Mechelens Carillon School, where students from all over the world come here to learn to play the complex instrument of church bells.

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Tournai
Tournai is a city situated near French border in western Belgium. The city is known for the huge Notre Dame Cathedral, which has 5 towers and one rose window, the Grand Place, a triangular square lined with restaurants and bars, the 12th-century Belfry of Tournai, the Romanesque St. Quentin’s Church, and medieval Red Fort tower. This city has more than 2000 years rich cultural history and it is a place of most beautiful churches in the world

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Leuven
Leuven city located in east side of Brussels in Belgium is a home of World’s oldest Catholic University. The city also has some historical sites such as the 15th-century town hall, decorated with lots of statues of local figures and saints, the Gothic style St. Peter’s Church houses a “Last Supper” by the Flemish Primitive painter Dieric Bouts, the long square of Oude Markt is lined with bars and cafes. Visit the Grote Market which offers many dining options with street side bars and cafes. Leuven is home of about 100,000 residents and nearly 35,000 of them are students which comes here for studies and classes.

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Dinant
Dinant is a city based along the sparkling meuse river in Walloon Region of Belgium. Here you can see some natural attractions like, The Caves of Han and the Grotto of Dinant. This Caves are one of the most largest and beautiful in Europe, which based in wildlife reserve with native flora and fauna. The magnificent Notre Dame church is still a remarkable landmark of the city, which is partially rebuild after a massive landslide and the restored Citadel overlooks the city. Nearby, the Mr. Sax’s House is a birthplace site of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax, has exhibits on the instrument’s development.

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Mons
Mons, capital of the province of Hainaut located in Walloon Region of Belgium is Know for the 17th century glorious Belfry bells, 80 meter ringing tower, the Grand Place center is a large cobblestone square surrounded with cafes and bars, the amazing gothic style Town Hall building, the 16th century Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru and the Van Gogh House are some must see places in this city of Belgium.

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