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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

What makes Belgium so special?


The answers are many…

did you know
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.
location location location
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.
belgium the essence of europe
Belgium: The Essence of Europe
  • Rich in Art & Architecture
  • Three Official Languages
  • Capital of Europe
  • World Class Gourmet Cuisine
  • Friendly & Welcoming Locals
  • 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.
flemish art cities
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.
the ardennes
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.
gourmet belgium
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.
culinary experiences
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!

castles gardens
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.

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.
honeymoons romance
Honeymoons & Romance
  • Castle Stays
  • Romantic Canals

She’ll say Yes to an Antwerp Diamond

  • Sandy Beaches
  • Valentine Specials

Stroll through beautiful Ardennes villages

spa getaways
Spa Getaways
  • Spa Themed Hotel Packages
  • Modern Facilities & Treatments

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

gay travel
Gay Travel
  • Gaynation Celebration
  • Concerts
  • Fine Dining
  • Beach Getaways
  • Art & Architecture
  • Shopping
  • Diamonds
  • Gay Pride Parade

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
family fun
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.
river cruising
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
action adventure
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.

military heritage wwi wwii
Military Heritage: WWI & WWII
  • Waterloo
  • Bastogne – Battle of the Bulge
  • Ieper – Flanders Field
  • American Military Cemeteries
abbeys monasteries beguinages
Abbeys, Monasteries & Beguinages
  • Abbeys and monasteries often have breweries using traditional Belgian brewing methods.
  • Many abbeys and beguinages are converted into charming hotels.
young fun
Young & Fun
  • Major Rock Festivals
  • World’s Greatest Beer
  • Pubs & Clubs
  • Cheap Street Eats
  • Youth Hostels
  • Discount Rail Passes
  • Bike Rentals
  • Historic Cities & Sites
christmas markets
Christmas Markets

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

art architecture
Art & Architecture
  • Home of Art Nouveau
  • Architecture Tours
  • Comic Strip Walks
  • Flemish Art Cities
  • Rubens, Van Eyck, Ensor, Magritte…
you make it happen we re here to help

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 Officesif@visitbelgium.com(212) 758 – 8130 ext 11www.visitbelgium.com