Step back in time with a visit to alluring Belgium. Home to quaint medical towns which showcase Renaissance architecture in all its beauty, this small country is nestled amidst its larger neighbours such as France and Germany has a largely urban population. Together with the Netherlands and Luxembourg, it is known as the Benelux region. Dutch, French, and German are the three official languages in this small nation. From castles to museums to caves and beaches, Belgium has something for everyone. Here are a few places you might want to see on the visit to the city:
1. Stroll Around La Grand Place
This iconic square in Brussels is a UNESCO World Heritage site which tops every tourist’s list of attractions to see. The square is surrounded by stunning buildings which are excellent examples of architectural styles from various periods in history.
Timing: 9 am to 8 pm
2. Experience tranquillity at St. Bavo’s Cathedral
This soaring cathedral built in the Gothic style is located in Ghent and dedicated to St. Bavo. The place where Charles V was baptised in 1500, this was originally a Romanesque structure. Works by famous artists and sculptors including Rubens as well as Hubert and Jan van Eyck adorn the shrine.
Timing: 8.30 am to 5 pm.
3. Take in the Story of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
This cathedral dedicated to the patron saints of the capital city of Brussels is believed to date back to the 9th century. Many renovations and modifications later, current visitors can marvel at the Gothic style structure and take in the 64 m tall towers.
Timing: 7.30 am to 6 pm.
4. Make Tunes at the Musical Instrument Museum
A part of the Royal Museum of Art and History, it is home to over 1,500 instruments. You can opt for an audio tour of the museum to gain useful insights about the various categories that the instruments have been segmented into. The sound lab lets you experiment with different instruments.
Timing: 9.30 am to 5 pm.
5. Click a Photo of the Manneken Pis
Just a short distance from the Grand Place is the Manneken Pis, which is one of Belgium’s famous landmarks. The small bronze sculpture dates back to the early 17th century and has quite a few interesting legends associated with it. The statue is dressed in different costumes all through the week according to a published schedule.
Timing: Open always.
6. Dine at the Atomium
Built for the world Fair in 1958, this steel behemoth was given a makeover in 2006. It is illuminated at night, and the fine dining restaurant on the panorama-level is a great place for a memorable dinner.
Timing: 10 am to 6 pm.
7. Pay Your Respects at Menin Gate
This war memorial is dedicated to the missing British and Commonwealth soldiers of World War I. Situated in Ypres, every evening, buglers sound the ‘Last Post’ in gratitude of those who fought for the freedom of the country.
Timing: Last Post Ceremony at 8.00 pm daily.
8. Be Awestruck at Mini-Europe
This is a park featuring small scale reproductions of around 350 popular landmarks in the European Union. The eruption of Mt Vesuvius, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Acropolis are just some of the highlights here.
Timing: 9.30 am to 6 pm.
9. Go Wild at Antwerp Zoo
One of the oldest zoos in the world, it was established in 1843. With more than 7,000 animals from 950 species, the Zoo has been a leader in breeding programmes for many endangered species such as the bonobo, the golden-headed lion tamarin, and the Congo peafowl.
Timing: 10 am to 5.30 pm.
10. Relax at Brussels Park
Also known as Parc de Bruxelles and Warandepark, this park is laid out in a Neo-Classicist, geometric pattern. Ponds, kiosks, and sculptures dot the 32 acres. It is a good spot for a picnic lunch or a quick jog to get your heart racing.
Timing: 6 am to 10 pm.
This is just a brief compilation of some attractions in Belgium that are likely to awaken the wanderlust in you. Leave the planning to GoFro and start packing your bags for a fun hassle-free holiday!