When you think of Belgium, images of medieval architecture, beautiful canals and lipsmackingly delicious waffles and chocolates come to mind. But there is so much more to this beautiful country than just these few things. With some exotic locales and very friendly people, Belgium is a relatively small country with exceptionally good transport link, so you can move about in the country without much hassle.
Here is a list of some of the most scenic towns of Belgium that you should see if you plan to visit this picturesque country.
This is Belgium’s most creative city where artists like Rubens and Van Dyke worked in the 16th and 17th century. The city is also famous for its Diamond District, where more than 80% of the world’s rough diamonds are traded.
This city seeped in history was one of the most powerful cities in Europe during the Middle Ages. Its rich past is evident in the spectacular architecture of churches and houses of the rich and mighty. You can explore this city either on foot or by boat. The beautiful houses by the canal, grand medieval cathedrals and the Gravensteen castle, every aspect of this quaint city is worth seeing.
The capital city of Belgium attracts thousands of visitors every year from all corners of the world. Its iconic central square, The Grand Place, was built in the 13th century and is quite famous for its Manneken Piss Statue. There are a lot of pubs and cafes around the square that offer amazing food and beer and it is a hit among shoppers too.
This city of canals has rightly been named as the Venice of the North and it is merely an hour’s drive from Brussels. The chocolate lovers will have a gala time here exploring scores of chocolate shops and the chocolate museum. Every corner of this city flanked by canals is breathtakingly beautiful and you can create everlasting memories here.
This city is about 65 km from Brussels and is situated on the banks of river Meuse. Undoubtedly one of the most picturesque towns in Belgium, the winding river valley and beautiful buildings of this city are the stuff of fairy tales. The Caves of Han and the Grotto of Dinant are one of the most beautiful caves in all of Europe and attract a lot of visitors every year.
Another picturesque town in Belgium, Tournai is adjacent to France and boasts of a cultural history that is more than 2000 years old. This city is home to what is believed to be one of the most beautiful churches in the world – the five-towered Gothic and Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral.
Apart from the cities mentioned above, you can also visit smaller towns like Bouillon, Mechelen and Ardennes to view spectacular medieval architecture and some spellbinding natural views.