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What makes Belgium so special?. visitbelgium. The answers are many…. Did you know?. The city of Spa gave its name to all other spas. Brussels is headquarters to the EU & NATO . The Smurfs are abso-smurfly from Belgium. The saxophone was invented in Dinant in 1846.

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What makes Belgium so special?

visitbelgium

The answers are many…


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Did you know?

  • The city of Spa gave its name to all other spas.

  • Brussels is headquarters to the EU & NATO.

  • The Smurfs are abso-smurfly from Belgium.

  • The saxophone was invented in Dinant in 1846.

  • We have more than 35 UNESCO sites.

  • Magritte was a surrealist painter from Belgium.


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Location, location, location…

  • Only 6.5 hrs by air from the East Coast.

  • Paris, London, & Amsterdam are a fast train away (1.5 hrs to Paris).

  • From Brussels it is only 30 mins by train to Ghent or Antwerp and 1 hr to Bruges or Liege.


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Belgium: The Essence of Europe

  • Rich in Art & Architecture

  • Three Official Languages

  • Capital of Europe

  • World Class Gourmet Cuisine

  • Friendly & Welcoming Locals


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Brussels

  • Enjoy a beer on a terrace on the Grand Place.

  • Stop & smell the roses at the Royal Gardens.

  • At the Royal Galleries you’ll shop like a king.

  • Explore your inner artist in over 80 museums.

  • Go weekend antiquing at the Grand Sablon.


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Flemish Art Cities

  • Fill your pockets with sparkly Antwerpdiamonds

  • Cruise romantic canals in Bruges.

  • Go medieval at Castle of the Counts in Ghent.

  • Sip on Stella Artois at the brewery in Leuven.

  • Delight in melodic Carillon chimes in Mechelen.


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The Ardennes

  • Hunt for antiques at Liege’s La Batte market.

  • Storm the Citadel in Namur.

  • Pay respect to fallen WWII heroes in Bastogne.

  • Feel your heart race at the Grand Prix in Spa.

  • Discover 2000 years of history in Tournai.


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Gourmet Belgium

When it comes to great food, Belgium delivers what others promise.

  • Divine Belgian Chocolate, there is no substitute.

  • Real Belgian Waffles, topped any way you like.

  • Steaming Mussels, fresh from the North Sea.

  • Crispy, golden Frites, served with real mayo.

  • 400 varieties of freshly brewed BelgianBeer.


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Culinary Experiences

  • Cooking classes in an elegant castle.

  • Chocolate workshops at a Chocolate Museum.

  • Beer tastings at authentic Belgian Breweries.

  • Historic city tours with tasty stops along the way.

Come taste how we live!


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Castles & Gardens

There are more castles per square mile in Belgium than anywhere else in the world.

  • Stay overnight in a majestic castle.

  • Explore medieval dungeons & weapons.

  • Get lost in a labyrinth garden maze.


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Girlfriend Getaways

  • Study authentic Belgian lace making in Bruges.

  • Get luxurious spa treatments in Spa.

  • Make your very own box of Belgian chocolate.

  • Tour the gardens of an enchanted castle.

  • Test your gourmet skills with Belgian chefs.

  • Indulge your passion for fashion with shopping tours, outdoor markets, & fashion museums.


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Honeymoons & Romance

  • Castle Stays

  • Romantic Canals

She’ll say Yes to an Antwerp Diamond

  • Sandy Beaches

  • Valentine Specials

Stroll through beautiful Ardennes villages


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Spa Getaways

  • Spa Themed Hotel Packages

  • Modern Facilities & Treatments

The town of Spa in Belgium is where all other spas get their name from.


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Gay Travel

  • Gaynation Celebration

  • Concerts

  • Fine Dining

  • Beach Getaways

  • Art & Architecture

  • Shopping

  • Diamonds

  • Gay Pride Parade


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Festivals

Belgium, where you’re always in time for a festival!

  • Beer Festivals

  • Chocolate Festivals

  • Jazz Festivals

  • Film Festivals

  • Ommegang Pageant

  • Carnival de Binche

  • Stavelot Carnival

  • Ghent Festivities


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Family Fun

  • In the land of chocolate and Smurfs, what’s not for kids to love?

In the land of Smurfs and chocolate… what’s not for kids to love?

  • Take a tour of cartoon murals in Brussels.

  • Eat all the chocolate, waffles & fries you want!

  • Feel like a giant at Mini-Europe Park.

  • Visit the Smurfs at the Comic Strip Museum.


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River Cruising

  • Excursions

  • Additional Cities

Discover Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, rustic countrysides and stop along the way to taste regional cheeses, beer, and chocolate.

  • River Cruise Cities: Antwerp, Bruges & Ghent

  • Barge Cities: Liege, Namur, Dinant & Tournai


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Action & Adventure

  • Rock Climbing

  • Kayak & Canoe

Bike along hidden country paths & quiet canals.

  • Golf

  • 4x4 Racing

Get a bird’s eye view from a hot air balloon.


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Military Heritage: WWI & WWII

  • Waterloo

  • Bastogne – Battle of the Bulge

  • Ieper – Flanders Field

  • American Military Cemeteries


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Abbeys, Monasteries & Beguinages

  • Abbeys and monasteries often have breweries using traditional Belgian brewing methods.

  • Many abbeys and beguinages are converted into charming hotels.


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Young & Fun

  • Major Rock Festivals

  • World’s Greatest Beer

  • Pubs & Clubs

  • Cheap Street Eats

  • Youth Hostels

  • Discount Rail Passes

  • Bike Rentals

  • Historic Cities & Sites


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Christmas Markets

December transforms Belgium into a winter wonderland with Carillon concerts, ice skating, and magical Christmas Villages.


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Art & Architecture

  • Home of Art Nouveau

  • Architecture Tours

  • Comic Strip Walks

  • Flemish Art Cities

  • Rubens, Van Eyck, Ensor, Magritte…



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Contact Us

You make it happen, we’re here to help.

Contact us for information on accommodations, contacts with local suppliers, images, DVDs, and brochures.

Sif GustavssonBelgian Tourist [email protected](212) 758 – 8130 ext 11www.visitbelgium.com


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