Although not one of the most popular European destinations, this little country called Belgium has many things to offer to its tourists. Bordered by Germany, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, and France, this country in Western Europe is the headquarters of the European Union and all its major institutions. If you’re planning a Eurotrip anytime soon and want to discover some of the local gems, here are five things to do in the country’s major cities that will help you relax and have a good time, no matter where you’re from.
1. Taste the local craft beers
You might be inclined to think that Germany has the best beers in the world but this isn’t entirely true. There are other countries renowned for their large number of craft beers, including the Czech Republic and Belgium.
The latter counts for hundreds of brands specific to each region of the country, so you shouldn’t leave the country without at least trying some in a local brewery. You can even visit the Museum of Beer located in Brussels, the country’s capital city, or taste a fine selection of beers at one of the many pubs and bars in the center.
Keep in mind that some of these drinks have a high alcohol percentage of 8-12%, so drink responsibly.
2. Indulge in the delicious waffles
No matter which city you travel to, chances are you’re going to stumble across these delicious desserts. They come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors, so all you have to do is pick the one you desire the most.
However, eat them in moderation as a single waffle serving can count for up to 1000 calories if you add the whipped cream, chocolate topping, sprinkles, and macarons. We suggest you try this traditional Belgian treat once-twice during your trip and save some more space for the famous chocolate.
3. Take a cruise on the canals of Bruges
Bruges is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe, and some dare to say that it’s even more beautiful than Venice. It is less crowded for sure, which means you’ll have the chance to indulge in a trip on its famous canals, admiring the breathtaking landscapes and Medieval architecture.
You won’t have to worry about finding a good treatment for ticks, fleas or mosquitoes either as the climate doesn’t favor their breeding. Don’t forget to also check the main square and take lots of pictures of the colorful small houses, similar to the ones you’ll find on the Italian island of Burano.
A trip to Bruges from Brussels won’t last more than one hour and a half by train, and it’s a convenient alternative for people who want to visit as much as possible from the wonders of Europe while staying on a budget.
4. Enjoy the beauties of Ghent
Ghent is another Medieval city located near Brussels, on the route to Bruges. It’s not as popular as the latter but it surely has its charm. It is the home of a beautiful castle named The Castle of the Counts, as well as the Belfort, a tower dating back from the 14th century.
There are 1613 steps to climb until reaching the highest accessible point for tourists but it’s worth it. The view of the city is breathtaking and, if you happen to find yourself when the bell rings at the exact hour, you’ll get to see the beautiful bell mechanism from the inside. The tower is embellished with a dragon on top that used to cast fire back in the Medieval times.
5. Visit the Atomium in Brussels
The country’s capital has many things and activities to offer to its tourists, with the odd Atomium structure being on top of the list. The city’s symbol was originally built for Expo 58, Brussel’s World Fair hosted in 1958 and has become one of the most famous modern constructions in the world.
Nowadays, it hosts a museum, a restaurant, and a souvenir shop amongst others. It is said to represent world peace and the fact that we are all derived from the same structure, the atom.