About Belgium

Belgium, a country in Western Europe, is known for medieval towns, Renaissance architecture, and as headquarters of the European Union and NATO. The country has distinctive regions including Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north, French-speaking Wallonia to the south, and a German-speaking community to the east. The bilingual capital, Brussels, has ornate guildhalls at Grand-Place and elegant art-nouveau buildings. In Flanders, the port of Antwerp on the River Scheldt includes the centuries-old Diamond District and the home studio of Flemish Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens. Medieval Ghent has the circa-1180 Gravensteen castle and 14th-century St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Bruges’ modern seaport, Zeebrugge, is a contrast to Markt square with its 13th-century belfry. Traditionally industrial, Wallonia’s principal cities are based around the Sambre and Meuse river valleys. Liege is the birthplace of a namesake sugar-crusted waffle. The country is also known for artisanal chocolate, plus long traditions of lace-making, beer-brewing, and diamond-cutting.
Grand Place

Grand Place or Grote Markt is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city's Town Hall, and the King's House or Breadhouse building containing the Brussels City Museum. The Grand Place is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels. It is considered one of the most beautiful squares in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis is a landmark bronze fountain sculpture in central Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. It was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619. The current statue is a replica that dates from 1965 and the original is kept in the Brussels City Museum. Manneken Pis is the best-known symbol of the people of Brussels. It also embodies their sense of humor and their independence of mind.

Atomium is a landmark building in Brussels, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. It is located on the Heysel Plateau, where the exhibition took place and now a museum. The enclosed stairs, escalators, and an elevator allow access to the five habitable spheres, which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere includes a restaurant that has a panoramic view of Brussels.

Mini-Europe is a miniature park located in Bruparck, at the foot of the Atomium, in Brussels, Belgium. Mini-Europe has reproductions of monuments in the European Union on display, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented. The park contains live-action models such as trains, mills, an erupting Mount Vesuvius, and cable cars.
Belfry of Bruges

Belfry also called Belfort is a medieval bell tower in the center of Bruges. One of the city's most prominent symbols, the belfry formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives and served as an observation post for spotting fires and other dangers. A narrow, steep staircase of 366 steps, accessible by the public for an entry fee, leads to the top of the 272 feet high building offering panoramic views of the city.
Royal Palace of Brussels

Royal Palace of Brussels is the official palace of the King and Queen of the Belgians in the center of the nation's capital Brussels. However, it is not used as a royal residence, as the king and his family live in the Royal Palace of Laeken on the outskirts of Brussels. The Royal Palace houses the services of the Grand Marshal of the Court, the King's Head of Cabinet, the Head of the King's Military Household, and the Intendant of the King's Civil List. The Palace also includes the State Rooms where large receptions are held, as well as the apartments provided for foreign Heads of State during official visits.

Gravensteen is a medieval castle at Ghent, East Flanders in Belgium. The current castle dates from 1180 and was the residence of the Counts of Flanders until 1353. It was subsequently re-purposed as a court, prison, mint, and even as a cotton factory. It is the only remaining medieval castle with a moat and largely intact defense system in Flanders.
Pairi Daiza

Pairi Daiza is a privately owned zoo and botanical garden located in Brugelette in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. The 65-hectare large animal theme park is located on the site of the former Cistercian Cambron Abbey and is home to over 7,000 animals.
Museum aan de Stroom

Museum aan de Stroom is a museum located along the river Scheldt in the Eilandje district of Antwerp. The façade is made of Indian red sandstone and curved glass panel construction. It is an example of postmodern Art Deco architecture. The first visitor's gallery is the visible store, which contains 180,000 items.

Autoworld is a museum of vintage cars in Brussels, Belgium. It is located in the southern hall of the Cinquantenaire Park and displays a large and varied collection of over 250 European and American automobiles from the late 19th century to 1990. It is notable for its collections of early and Belgian-produced vehicles, including Minervas and several limousines belonging to the Belgian royal family.

Brussels is Belgium’s capital and home to the European Union headquarters. The Grand-Place square at the heart of the city has shops and cafes inside ornate 17th-century guild houses and the intricate Gothic Hôtel de Ville with a distinctive bell tower. The 19th-century Maison du Roi houses the Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles city-history museum, including costumes for the city’s famed Manneken Pis statue.

Bruges, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium, is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets, and medieval buildings. Its port, Zeebrugge, is an important center for fishing and European trade. In the city center’s Burg square, the 14th-century Stadhuis has an ornately carved ceiling. Nearby, Markt square features a 13th-century belfry with a 47-bell carillon and 83m tower with panoramic views.

Antwerp is a port city on Belgium’s River Scheldt, with a history dating to the Middle Ages. In its center, the centuries-old Diamond District houses thousands of diamond traders, cutters, and polishers. Antwerp’s Flemish Renaissance architecture is typified by the Grote Markt, a central square in the old town. At the 17th-century Rubens House, period rooms display works by the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens.

Ghent is a port city in northwest Belgium, at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers. During the Middle Ages, it was a prominent city-state. Today it’s a university town and cultural hub. Its pedestrianized center is known for medieval architecture such as the 12th-century Gravensteen castle and the Graslei, a row of guildhalls beside the Leie river harbor.
Best Time To Visit Belgium

The best time to visit Belgium is from April to June and September to October when the weather is warm and numerous festivals take place.

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