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Belgium is officially known as the Kingdom of Belgium and has a population of 11 million people. Their languages are Dutch, French and German and famous cuisine is beer, chocolate, waffles and French fries of which is its original home. Belgium has possibly the highest quality of life in the world. It has excellent food, housing, health care, education and infrastructure with its high productivity and low poverty. So here is a list of your things to do when you’re in Belgium:
EAT and DRINK
Eat moules frites – frites (mussels with chips/ French fries) is one of Belgium’s greatest gifts to the culinary world. Your trip may not be complete without getting your fingers sticky with mussel juice.
Buy Lace – Belgian lace is one of the country’s most prominent products, with trade in intricately ornate pieces dating back to the Renaissance. Hundreds of craftswomen still work with lace in Bruges and Brussels
Drink Beer – Belgium’s brewing history reaches back to the Middle Ages. There are still over 100 breweries in the country and the t’Brugs Beertje bar in Bruges is a great place to sample different drinks.
Eat Chocolates – Visit Bruges’ Chocolate Museum and learn more about chocolates before indulging in it. Tourists with a sweet tooth will already be well aware of Belgium’s lip-smacking expertise when it comes to creating chocolates and it provides plenty opportunity to pay homage to the brown stuff. Visit and experience the Wittamer where a family-owned chocolatier business that has been producing chocolates since 1910. It’s the official chocolate supplier to the Belgian Court.
VISIT MUSEUMS AND MORE CULTURES
Ghent – Its glorious medieval buildings holds a window up to contemporary Belgium despite of its age. Its progressive design and ultra-modern technology coexist among the cobbles and spires.
Join the carnival – Belgium has a colorful schedule of yearly festivals and celebrations, including the mid-Lent Carnival in Stavelot and the three-day Carnival de Binche. Also the pageantry-heavy Ommegang Festival in Brussels transports visitors back 500 years.
Home of Diamonds, Antwerp – There’s more to Antwerp than its diamonds, it is the home of the second largest harbor in Europe and more importantly an array of 16th and 17th century architectural marvels. Artist Peter Paul Rubens also lived in the city.
Battle of the Bulge – It was the World War II conflict location which is situated close to the Luxembourg border. The Bastogne Historical Centre has a strong collection of memorabilia.
City of Bruges – The best attractions include the 14th-century town hall, the belfry tower and the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour. The pure beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bruges is perhaps the one destination in Belgium.
City of Brussels – It is the ideal tourist spots because of its diverse architecture like the most famous Grand Place, featuring the Gothic town hall. The Royal Palace, Laken Castle and the Gudula Cathedral are other major attractions.
The 338 ft tall Atomium, the Manneken Pis fountain and the Statue of Europe Unity in Peace are also found within the city. Other magnificent landmarks are the Cinquantenaire Park, Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Palace of Justice.
Visit Brussel’s Comic Strip Museum, the original home of Tintin, where the Smurf was created by a Belgian artist.
Belgium has always the identity of being beautiful yet mysterious if it is a person. Its true beauty will be revealed once you set your foot in this country.