What makes this little country so special that you need to visit it more that once after you had a taste of the amazing beer combined with crispy fries served in a conebag of paper?
Travelling south from our own beautiful Netherlands we come across the Burgundian country of Belgium. Famous for the Belgium chocolate, waffles, beers and the delicious fries. A real Walhalla for food lovers even if you are on a budget. It is well known in the world for the Capital of Europe; Brussel. But this wonderful country is so much more than that.
Belgium is located in the centre of Europe between France, Germany and The Netherlands. You will find beautiful beaches and boulevards to chill out and watch the people parade by in the West. In the East , the landscape changes and becomes greener and hilly. ‘Ardenne’ is the best place for an active holiday full of nature and excitement. Belgium also has many beautiful cities to discover during a city trip. It is full of history and the place to be to enjoy the Burgundian lifestyle.
The two main spoken languages are Dutch and French, but English is also well-spoken. It originates as a country around the roman period as Belgica. It only became independent from The Netherlands in 1830. The west part of Belgium, ‘Vlaanderen’, is the Dutch-speaking part. You will find cities such as Brugge, Ghent and Antwerp here. The French part ‘Walonnië’ is located near the French border. The biggest cities are Liege and Charleroi and it is especially known for the ‘Ardenne’. The last district is the Brussel area. The Atomium, which is a symbol for the European Union, is one of the main tourist attractions of the city.
Belgium is worldwide famous for the Special Belgian craft beers. There are more than 200 small or bigger active breweries and (too) many different beers to choose from. Whether you like an authentic Trappist, a sweet and sour Kriekenbeer or a tasty and refreshing Ale; Belgium got you covered. As a personal tip: Check the percentage of the alcohol before you order as some of these beers are very strong. Be sure to try more than one beer when you are staying in Belgium therefore pick your beers carefully. If you would like to visit a typical Belgium Beer cafe you can go to ‘Gollem‘ in Antwerp, or visit ‘Dulle Griet‘ in Ghent.
It is not hard to look for a chocolate shop when visiting Belgium as you will find plenty of them in the cities. The chocolate is often hand made and filled with the most delicious fillings. Our personal favourite are the chocolates of Dominique Persoone. He is an artist in inventing flavours combinations such as perfumed ganache with Havana cigar leaves or the Cabernet Sauvignon chocolate.
Another must-try are the fresh-baked waffles. Topped with strawberries and chocolate sauce they’re the perfect breakfast, lunch or even midnight snack. The national pride of Belgium are their fries. Perfect double-baked fries for the perfect crunch made out of the best potatoes. Mostly served with a sauce of Belgium stew or Belgium style mayonnaise. Perfect when you are on a low budget but in need of a very tasteful meal.
Cartoons are also a national product like the flamish pride Jommeke, Tintin and Spike and Suzy. These drawings and many of the local artist can be found on public buildings or walls in several cities. It is a fun way to explore the city and look for the next cartoon artwork on a building or brick wall. Especially Brussels and Antwerp have great comic tours
We visit Belgium pretty often as we love the hospitality of the people and their delicious food. Antwerp is our favourite city to visit, but Genth is a good second option. Both cities are not too big but really vibrant and there is always something going on. Perfect for a citytrip of a few days.
Whether it is your first time in Belgium or the hundreds of time, it is always a pleasure to visit. Are you are looking for the best hotspots and cities to visit? Belgium has always something in mind to surprise you. This country has more that one can view. We sure keep coming back to taste the Burgundian lifestyle.
We hope you will enjoy your this pretty and friendly little county as you will experience by yourself.
Be sure to check out our blog regulatory for more guides of Belgium.
Lots of love from Angelique and Carlo