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A Visual Tour of Belgium

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When booking our trip to Belgium, I honestly had no idea what to expect. I’d done my research, and I knew that Belgium was a tiny country, about one fifth the size of Florida. I also knew that since it was small and easy to occupy during wars, it had never been bombed; therefore, the architecture is especially beautiful, with lots of medieval castles and forts, coupled with old farmhouses and estates lining the streets. What I didn’t realize is that there are so many beautiful rivers running through the cities and countryside. Or that a good part of Belgium is mountainous (or, at least, filled with extremely tall hills).

A Visual Tour of Belgium

Checking out the city of Namur

Take a road trip through Belgium and you will be amazed by the lush mountains, gardens and rivers. The drive from Namur to Brussels made my jaw drop. They topography reminded me of Lord of the Rings. I felt as if I was in an ancient version of New Zealand, with wild yet peaceful rivers flowing through succulent mountains, and castles that must have incredible views nestled amongst the greenery.

Despite its small size, Belgium is home to many incredible cities. Here’s a visual tour of five charming cities in Belgium that should be on the top of your travel bucket list:

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

21 Comments

  1. Until I read this article, I knew nothing about Belgium. It looks like such a fascinating country — I can’t wait to visit! ✈

  2. WOW! Your travel article is very impressive! The idea of rentable, sectioned-off portions of private beach area is awesome! I guess only in Belgium?! I might be wrong but this is really the first time I’ve heard or read such 🙂

    • It’s the first time I’ve seen that too, other than a resort saving spots for their customers.

  3. I wonder, why I wasn’t able to visit “Venice of the North” when I visited Belgium? I’m jealous! You made me want to book a trip to Belgium again! tsk*** tsk***

    Attractive photos!

    • You should! There’s so much to see… it’s the perfect road-trip country 🙂

      BTW – Stay tuned because I’m going to be taking road trips all over Europe and writing about it!

  4. Belgium is part of my bucket list! Thanks for writing about your trip (and Belgium) in detail. I’m more inspired to visit. Hopefully be able to do it this year!

    And oh! Thanks for sharing wonderful photos! They look professional! You’ve got talent!

  5. Samantha Adams

    I’ve been here before. The view is really picturesque. Looking at it again, still takes my breath away. Would love to visit that place when I get the time again. Really beautiful!

  6. Hilary, you’ve done it again. Your travel pieces are really inspiring.

  7. Sarah Evanston

    I’m just imagining being surrounded by all those medieval castles.

  8. Thankfully I am on my way to Belgium in a couple of months.

  9. I loved Belgium when I was there. It was only brief but I gotta say, it’s one of Europe’s best kept secret.

  10. Belgium has beaches! This is the first thing that I’m considering when I go on a vacation. Thanks for the info!

  11. Can I just say Ghent is AMAZING?!

  12. Namur has the old city charms. Love your photos, they’re all gorgeous. Makes me want to hop on a plane right now.

  13. Hannah Mayers

    If Belgium will also make me remember The Lord of the Rings then by all means, I’m going. Nice way to describe the place, Hilary. 😀

  14. Francis Woods

    Impressive as always!!! 😀

  15. Ansley Barrington

    Another wonderfully written article from Hilary 🙂

    To me, Brussels sounds modern. But through your article, I can conclude that Brussels is a city where virtually all places that I want to visit is within walking distance. And these places are still in touch with its medieval origins.

  16. Courtney Watson

    First, I would like to commend your photos, they are very professional looking which is making your travel articles really enticing!

    Thank you for writing about Bruges! I’m definitely visiting the place with my boyfriend! I’m excited!

  17. Sarah Woodstock

    I had the opportunity to visit Grand Place. It’s really the historic heart of Brussels. Very magnificent! I was able to appreciate how wonderful the place was from a café terrace while enjoying Trappist ale. Great experience!

  18. Gabrielle Williams

    Such an informative travel article 🙂

    When I travel, I love visiting antique shops. Grand Sablon is definitely on my list. Thanks!

  19. Sandra Brown

    Love the photos! Wonderful architecture of Brussels!

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