The Belgian capital, where most journeys through Belgium begin, has enough to keep a tourist occupied for a week. Highlights include a trip to the Grand Place, home to a number of Baroque buildings built toward the end of the 17th century. During the summer months it stages a music and light show which shouldn’t be missed. One of Belgium’s most instantly recognisable landmarks, the Atomium, is found in Brussels also.
Bruges and Ghent in the Western Flanders, which are largely overlooked by tourists who tend to stay in Brussels and Antwerp, provide a nice option for a break for from the rest of the country’s tourists who swarm the capital.
Bruges, which is becoming more popular with tourists than Brussels in recent years, is one of Europe’s best examples of a medieval city. Visitors get to appreciate it’s unique blend of old cobbled streets, canals and squares. Ghent, which was medieval Europe’s largest city after Paris, is smaller than Belgium’s other cities with a moderate population of 200,000 people. It still, somehow, manages to be home to many museums and it’s very own red light district.
Antwerp, capital of the Eastern Flanders region, is an old city full of (more) cobbled lanes, cathedrals and art. Both Rubens and van Dyck were from the Flanders region. Fine examples of Ruben’s work can be found in both the Royal Museum of Art and the House of Rubens.