There are so many fun things to do in Belgium!
So when you visit, you need a Belgium bucket list! Belgium is most famous for it’s medieval towns, palaces, castles, cathedrals, art museums and chocolate! Not to mention the chic cafe culture in stunning cities such as Brussels (the capital) and Antwerp. Whether you prefer to explore the bustling cities or lose yourself in its stunning scenery, Belgium has something for everyone, especially for the foodies among us (hello Belgian waffles). So without further ado, here is what we consider to be the top things to do on a trip to Belgium, worthy of being on your Bucket List anyway.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do in Belgium
Eat Belgian Chocolate
Belgium produces some of the best chocolate in the world, famous brands such as Guylian and Neuhaus can be found at the airport if you’re in a hurry so there will be plenty of opportunities to try some. However the best Belgian chocolate experience will be at the specialized chocolatier shops in Brussels. Almost every Belgian Village has shops where they make their own chocolates. Belgium produces about 220,000 tons of chocolate every year… so clearly people love it and it’s well worth trying!
Roam The Ruins of Gravensteen
This castle in Ghent dates back to the middle ages. Gravensteen is a Dutch word meaning ‘castle of the counts.’ In 1180, count Philip built the castle on the remains of another wooden castle. It was officially used by the counts of Flanders, but when they abandoned it, it was transformed into a prison, and then a courthouse and then finally left to decay. In the 20th century the castle was restored once again and re-opened for visitors.
Royal Palace of Brussels
The Royal Palace of Brussels is situated near the Parc de Bruxelles, in the centre of the nation’s capital Brussels, and is one of the most famous buildings in Belgium. It’s the official palace of the King and Queen of the Belgians however the king and his family live in the Royal Palace of Laeken on the outskirts of Brussels. A very important part of the royal collection can be found here which includes silverware, furniture belonging to King Louis Philippe, Napoleon, and Leopold I & II. During the Summer months each year, visitors are allowed inside the palace but given access only to certain rooms.
Explore Mini Europe In Brussels
Mini Europe is a fun way to see the main monuments of 80 European cities in about two hours. At the foot of the Atomium in Brussels this miniature park features mini versions of the most famous monuments throughout the European Union. Nearly 350 structures are on display at a scale of 1:25. A guided tour will provide you with some fascinating facts about each monument.
Royal Museum Of Fine Arts, Belgium
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium preserves the most important visual arts collection in Belgium. Explore this group of art museums in Brussels, Belgium. The Royal Museums contains over 20,000 drawings, sculptures and paintings, all dating back to the early 15th century to the present.
Bruges Canal Cruise
A visit to Bruges, which is often called the Venice of the North, isn’t complete without a boat trip on its canals. Jump onboard at any of the five landing stages for a 30 minute trip to discover secret gardens, picturesque bridges and beautiful views of the river Reie. Cruising through the city of Bruges on a canal boat is the best way to enjoy the scenic beauty.
Drink Craft Beer
For those who love beer, Belgium is a great place to be! Each region has its own variety of local craft beer to sample. Beer bars are on practically every street corner and have a wide variety of different types of beer. Some beers have a much higher percentage of alcohol than others so be careful!
Why not climb inside an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times its normal size? The most popular tourist attraction and the symbol of Europe’s capital. The Atomium is a landmark building in Brussels, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World Expo. Its now a museum and you can find it on the Heysel Plateau. While you’re there, make sure you check out Mini Europe too!
Flanders Fields Museum
This museum, named after a poem written by John McCrae, is devoted to WWI and is located in the town of Ypres. The Ypres region was the backdrop to one of the bloodiest battles in history, 100 years ago. Learn about the invasion of Belgium and other events of the war.
Antwerp Zoo is a zoo in the centre of Antwerp, Belgium, located next to the Antwerpen-Centraal railway station. This is the oldest zoo in the country and one of the oldest in the world, established in 1843. Antwerp zoo houses more than 7000 animals and roughly 950 species. The most popular exhibits are Vriesland, for the penguins, the Egyptian temple-themed exhibit housing Baringo Giraffe and Asian Elephants and the monkey house.
Other cool things to do in Belgium…
There is so much more to see and do in this amazing country. Plan ahead and take your time exploring. Sometimes travelers you meet on your trip will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and fun things to do in Belgium.
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