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Medieval Ghent Introduction to Belgium Belgium is one of the smaller countries of continental Europe and the “middle child” of three countries comprising “Benelux” (the others being the Netherlands and Luxembourg). It is an often-overlooked country but many consider it a European gem. Its capital, Brussels, is nicknamed the capital of Europe as it is home to the European... [Read the full story]
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With her atmospheric medieval squares and castles, and magnificent renaissance palaces, Belgium is Western Europe’s most... [Read the full story]
It’s not all beer, chocolate, and waffles. Belgium is a mix of youthful nightlife, cutting-edge fashion, and immaculately preserved medieval villages, too. Bordered by the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Luxemberg, Belgium is mostly flat, with vast stretches of flat coast. For its size, the country has a surprising mix of different cultures, and French, German, and Dutch are all official languages depending on where you are.
Belgium is divided into three regions: Brussels, Flanders, and Wallonia. Flanders is the northern, coastal portion of the country. Often called “the country of the Flemings,” Flanders actually surrounds the city of Brussels, Belgium’s capital.The Flanders city of Antwerp is a fashion Mecca, with a large number of small boutiques that feature cutting edge designs both edgy and elegant. Uniquely, Belgium’s counter-culture businesses are usually located inside beautiful medieval buildings.
The famous WWII Flanders Battlefields are one of Belgium’s top sites. Brussels is a laid back city with a booming nightlife. This is where you’ll find some of the best restaurants, architecture, and world-famous art museums. Check out the Cantillon Brewery tour for an inside look at Belgian beer. Wallonia is the southern portion of Belgium, where the flat plains disappear and forest and hills arise. The medieval towns of Wallonia are almost untouched, and, accordingly, English is rarely spoken. Belgium is part of the EU and the currency is the euro. U.S. visitors do not need a Visa for stays of 90 days or less.