The Top 10 Places to visit in Belgium
Belgium is a rather small country but is still packed with amazing sights. The major highlight of course is Bruges – with its historical medieval streets and beautiful canals. There are also plenty of other towns in the country with gorgeous architecture such as Ghent and Mechelen. So if you are planning a trip here; take a look at the fabulous top ten attractions Belgium has to offer:
Bruges: Belfry & Halle
This impressive building dominates the main square in Bruges. It dates back to medieval times and has been brilliantly preserved allowing visitors to get a real feel of the middle Ages. It is a hike up the 366 winding and narrow steps of the belfry but once at the top the panoramic views are amazing!
Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Ghent
This fabulous cathedral with its Gothic choir and Romanesque crypt displays the very best of religious architecture in Belgium and is Ghent’s most outstanding tourist attraction. After viewing the paintings, do not forget the enormous crypt under the cathedral.
The Battlefields of Flanders
These battlefields around Ypres are a major pilgrimage site. The trenches are well preserved showing the brutal fighting that took place and run for a good number of kilometres around the town. Sadly, this area is brimming with large cemeteries showing the thousands of soldiers who died here.
This superb fort was once the great home of the counts of Flanders. It is one of Europe’s best surviving examples of a moated fortress and has been astonishingly well-preserved. The great thick and extremely high walls tower up from the waters of the river Lieve right in the middle of the old town of Ghent.
Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges
If you only have time to visit one church in Bruges do make it this one. The Basilica of the Holy Blood is fantastic, showcasing its blend of Roman and late Gothic architecture. The interior of the church is an amazing display of gild work that was finally completed in the 16th century.
The Meuse Valley
Take a leisurely trip along the river and soak up the beautiful scenery with its thick dense forests and charming towns nestled into the limestone cliffs. The surrounding towns boast craggy cliff top citadels and other amazing historic sites.
Grand Place, Antwerp
Situated in the heart of Antwerp, is the delightful Grand Place (also known as the Grote Markt), which boasts some of Belgium’s finest examples of guild house architecture. Do visit the Town which showcases a fantastic collection of paintings displaying Antwerp’s history.
Mons Old Town
The old town of Mons is a beautiful town to explore, with historic buildings that go back 400 years. Take a look at the UNESCO-listed bell tower on the hill high above the town and also the Church of Sainte-Waudru with its interior crammed to the brim with artistic and religious relics.
St Peter’s Church and Town Hall
St. Peter’s Church is in the centre of Leuven in the main square. For architectural fans, this is one of Belgium’s most preserved examples of the Brabant Gothic style. The interior is dedicated to religious art where you will see some of the finest Flemish paintings illustrating amazing biblical scenes.
Mechelen Old Town
This fabulous old town is a great place to sense the feel of medieval Belgium with plenty of architecture and gorgeous old buildings. The impressive Sint-Rombouts Cathedral with its tall clock tower towers above creating an atmospheric and charming feel. History fans will relish a visit to this quaint adorable town!