Awe-inspiring architecture, beautiful scenery, the finest chocolates, and delicious beers are just some of the many reasons to visit Belgium. But with so many possible destinations to choose from, a short visit to the country would not be enough to explore and experience what it has to offer. It may be difficult to narrow down your choices, but here is a list of some of the best places to see when in Belgium.
Top reasons to visit: A good mix of old and new, known as the “Diamond District”, culinary attractions including scrumptious food and great-tasting beers, vibrant art scene, architectural wonders; top attractions include the Beguinage, Cathedral of Our Lady, Fotomuseum Antwerp, ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen, Museum aan de Stroom, Museum of Modern Art, Plantin-Moretus Museum, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Rubenshuis
Top reasons to visit: Scenic locations for active adventures like biking, camping, and trekking; breathtaking views of caves, forests, rugged hills, and nature destinations; wildlife sightings, picturesque castles, and quaint villages among many other interesting sights and things to do
Top reasons to visit: Venice of the North with its beautiful and dramatic canals, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stunning medieval architecture, home to some of the country’s best chocolate shops, delicious food, and several attractions like the Basilica of the Holy Blood, Belfry of Bruges, Béguinage, Church of Our Lady, Dijver Mansions, Groeninge Museum, Jeruzalemkerk, the Kruispoort, Markt, Memling Museum, Provinciaal Hof, Schepenzaal (lay magistrates’ court), Sint-Jansspitaal, St. Salvator’s Cathedral, and more
Top reasons to visit: Belgium’s capital city; food, chocolates, and beers; points of interest like the Abbaye de la Cambre, Atomium, AutoWorld, Basilique Nationale du Sacré Coeur, Belgian Comic Strip Center, Cantillon Brewery, Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, Château Royal, Coudenberg, Grand Place, Horta Museum, Manneken Pis, Mini-Europe, Mont des Arts, Musical Instrument Museum, Notre-Dame du Sablon, Palais de Justice, Parc du Cinquantenaire, Parlamentarium, Place Royale, and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Top reasons to visit: Historic city and one of the country’s hidden gems, impressive architecture, scenic views; attractions that include Belfry of Ghent, Dulle Griet, Graslei, Gravensteen, Groentenmarkt, Korenlei, Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Michael’s Church, Saint Nicholas’ Church, St Bavo’s Cathedral, and the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst
Top reasons to visit: Historical sites, cultural treasures, medieval era landmarks, and many points of interest such as the Basilique Saint-Martin, Church of Saint-Barthélemy, Féronstrée, Convent Church of Saint-Paul, the banks of the Meuse River, Musée d’Armes, Musée d’Art Moderne, Musée de la Vie Wallonne, Palais des Princes-Evêques, Place de la République, and Quai de Maestricht
Top reasons to visit: Under the radar destination that boasts of beautiful architecture and picturesque scenery, among the many things to explore include the 8 historical churches, Begijnhofkerk, Grote Markt, Het Anker Brewery, Kazerne Dossin, Large Beguinage, the Palace of Margaret of Austria, Planckendael, Royal Manufacturers De Wit, St Rumbold’s Cathedral, St Rumbold’s Tower, and Toy Museum