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Belgium Travel Guide
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'Nothing but beer and chocolate?'

A land whose specialities include beers and delicate chocolates, Belgium is often perceived to be a little dull. The image that it’s simply a staid haunt for business executives and Eurocrats, or a gateway to the rest of Europe, reinforces that idea. But Belgium is a prime destination if you’re interested in countryside, culture and history, served up alongside a huge proportion of highly acclaimed restaurants serving everything from haute cuisine to moules-frites or Belgian waffles.

Easy to travel around, this pocket-sized country is divided by the Flemish north (Flemish-speaking) and the Walloon south (French-speaking). The capital Brussels is the heart of the country and the European Union. Expanding outwards from the brilliant Gothic architecture of the Grand-Place, this cosmopolitan city contains numerous interesting museums and many fine eateries. The Manneken Pis statue is the place to pose for a photograph and laugh incredulously at others doing likewise.

Ostend, in the north, is a popular seaside resort with a long sandy beach, bustling harbour and many shops to explore. With its canals and cobbles, thirteenth-century Bruges is one of Europe’s finest examples of a medieval town and home to some impressive art collections.

Antwerp
is renowned for diamonds and throughout all these towns it’s difficult to escape the bars and the many pavement cafes. The south holds great appeal for outdoorsy types with the forested Ardennes is a nature-lover’s paradise cut by rivers and gorges where walking opportunities abound. How dull is that?
Useful travel links
Official Tourist Board of Belgium tourism website for Belgium