Belgium may be more famed for its chocolate and wide variety of beer, but it also boasts a rich cultural heritage. The country is dotted with several historic cities that showcase everything from medieval architecture to Art Nouveau culture. Belgium is home to over 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and has a varied landscape ranging from pristine sandy beaches to lush forested hills and ridges.
The best time to visit Belgium is between July and August, when the weather is at its finest best. Most international carriers to Belgium land in the airports of Brussels and Antwerp. There are also regular international trains to Belgium. Trains are frequently available between larger cities and buses ply over smaller distances. Brussels is an ideal starting point for making day trips to Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent. Within the bigger cities and towns, bikes can be rented.
Brussels is the vibrant capital of Belgium. The Grand Place of Brussels with its Gothic town hall is a World Heritage site. The beautiful Laken Castle is home to the Belgian king and queen. On the other hand, the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral is marvelled for its stunning baroque architecture. The other most important place to visit during your holidays in Belgium is Bruges. It has been dubbed the 'Venice of the north', due to its old world charms and numerous canals. Ghent is another city which deserves a visit. The place is best known for its Victorian Gothic castle called Kasteel ten Berghe. Antwerp, the city where Rubens once lived, is another spot to check off on the Belgium 'not-to-be-missed' list. The famous baroque-style Cathedral of our Lady is also located there. And if it's adventure you're looking for on your Belgian holidays, the village of Dinant is the place to go for rock climbing and canoeing.