Belgium, your host country
Belgium: small country,
Belgium is a nation of true gastronomes; the love of fine food and drink is part of our DNA. From weekend cycling trips to delight in beers and cheeses made in monasteries, to our specialty dishes such as beef stew with endive salad, or waterzooi with a side of our epic potato fries – we’re spoilt for choice. And this is before we even mention the chocolate!
Belgians love to let loose. We have a very rich cultural scene (art exhibitions, concerts, theatre, dance, etc.) and our nightlife is one big celebration. Summer festivals have put Belgium on the global musical map. Tomorrowland, the vibrant electronic music fest, welcomes welcomes every year tens of thousands of festival goers from all over the world.
Being the centre of Europe both geographically, commercially and socially, every corner of Belgium breathes history, as you’ll undoubtedly discover.
Wallonia: an undiscovered gem
Food and folklore
Want to relive history to the rhythm of fifes and drums? In the period leading up to Lent, there are carnival festivities right across Wallonia. The Carnival of the city of Binche is even recognized by UNESCO. The highlight of the festivities is the procession of more than a thousand Gilles through the streets of Binche. The Gilles, clown-like performers, wear vibrant dresses, wax masks and wooden footwear to ward off the bad spirits.
Brussels, city of marvels
The 15th century Gothic church, the Eglise Notre-Dame du Sablon, is located in the historic centre of Brussels and has a rich interior and exterior. Also of interest is the 1899 Old England Building. Originally a department store, it now serves as the Music Museum. A rooftop café in this art-nouveau gem provides a spectacular view of the city. The energetic Place du Jeu de Balle flea market attracts treasure-hunters as well as those looking for quirky curiosities.
Brussels is blessed with a range of well-stocked and interesting museums. The MIMA (Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art) is home to a permanent collection of contemporary art, while the prestigious Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts incorporates the museums of Ancient Art and Modern Art. The world’s biggest collect of works by the surrealist painter and native of Brussels, Magritte, can be found in a museum named after and dedicated to his art.
Nine reasons to visit Flanders
Art, architecture and cultural heritage
Flanders is a festival
From Flanders with food
Handmade in Flanders
Traveling in Flanders
English is widely spoken and Flemish people are always ready to help out!
Train travel time
- Bruges – Ypres1h -47 km
- Ypres – Ghent1h – 80 km
- Bruges – Ghent30 min – 40 km
- Ghent – Antwerp1h – 50 km
- Ghent – Brussels38 min – 23 km
- Antwerp – Mechelen25 min – 23 km
- Antwerp – Hasselt1h – 73 km
- Mechelen – Brussels25 min – 20 km
- Brussels – Leuven30 min – 20 km
- Leuven – Hasselt45 min – 45 km