Belgium’s three regions, Wallonia, Flanders and Brussels, are packed with medieval and wartime history, art culture, historic castles and gardens. Visit monasteries with breweries where ancient recipes are still used to create some of the world’s best beers!
Start your Belgian adventure in the capital, Brussels, where the French-speaking Walloon and Dutch-speaking Flemish areas of the country meet. Spend summery days wandering through the Royal Palace of Brussels and gardens or picnicking in the huge Parc du Cinquantenaire in the heart of the museum district. Visit several of the more than 80 museums and art galleries in the city. Find a bargain art piece at Les Marolles or Place du Grand Sablon markets.
Antwerp, the capital of the Flanders region, has a superb collection of museums and grand churches. Its lanes are packed with unusual boutiques and beer bars where you can taste Flanders’ best brews. Be sure to visit the 16th-century cathedral to see paintings by Rubens or the ancient Hetsteen Castle, which houses the city’s Museum of Archaeology and Maritime History.
Also in Flanders you’ll find Bruges and Ghent, known for their incredibly well-preserved medieval architecture and history. Bruges itself is a UNESCO heritage-listed site and has more than 20 museums, many showcasing famous Flemish artists including Jan van Eyck. Explore the Bruges Béguinage, beautiful whitewashed buildings which house a museum regarding the Beguines, a religious order of women. Stop at the cities’ chocolate shops selling Belgian fries for dual taste sensations.
The number of castles in Belgium can be overwhelming, with everything from medieval castles to aristocratic chateaus of the 15th to 19th centuries. A few are inner-city castles, such as Gravensteen of Ghent; however, the fairytale castles of the Namur district and some of the abbey breweries are worth traveling farther afield. After exploring Maredsous Abbey, the Abbey of Sint Sixtus of Westvleteren, Scourmont Abbey and Orval Abbey, you can remember your favorite Belgian moments while enjoying an artisanal beer.
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We needed a hotel close to the airport.....this hotel is practically IN the airport! It is amazing how incredibly close it is. One just needs to take like 20 steps and you’re right there! Amazing.
Excellent location. I would go back because it has a great location. Also, the staff was very friendly. The room was super spacious and so was the bathroom.
Great location. Room is big cosy and comfortable. Only small thing is the sink was already a bit clogged when we checked in.
Location is excellent in the middle of the old town in Antwerp. Building is palatial and rooms are rustic and comfortable, except for the very small shower. Restaurant is very good. Service is very good. The hotel has an overall majestic Old Europe feeling. Parking situation is problematic. Parking ...
Great staff, nice room! The smart tv was not connected to internet but that wasn't quite an issue. The king bed could have been better, you could feel the springs. Great experience overall ;)