The Complete Travel Guide to Belgium

#HilaryRowland

A Visual Tour of Belgium

Bringing you the very best of Belgium – strap in for the ride!

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When booking our trip to Belgium, I honestly had no idea what to expect. I’d done my research, and learned 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. The 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 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 taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 94 Comments

  1. THANKS, FOR PROMOTING MY HOME BELGIUM, LOVELY POST. OF COURSE, THE CHOCOLATE WE HAVE IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD.

  2. I so love Belgium!!!! My friends say I’m obsessed with it. Well, I kinda agree with them!!!!!! ahhahahah!!!!!! And I have a trivia for all the readers out there, Do you guys know that? Belgians are on record as being the first people to slice a potato into long, thin rectangles and then cook them in hot oil. Now, isn’t that amazing????!!!

  3. May Baker

    Belgian chocolates, especially the cream-filled ones, are the best in the world and the really good news is that chocolate shops are happy to sell them to you one at a time. You’d get a quizzical look if you tried asking for a single Belgian chocolate in Harrods!

  4. Kimberly Shaw

    Let’s face it, Belgium isn’t that high up on most people’s travel wishlists. Even my Belgian friends can see why, but that self-effacing personality is part of the charm of the place.

  5. This is gorgeous! I just love the beautiful pictures and the details sights to behold in Belgium is definitely going on my bucket list to even see at the very least one of them. The recommendations are spot on and I really enjoy reading articles on travel like this one, love it!

  6. Terri East

    Was asked where’d I’d go on Vacation. I told them Belgium. 1) some of the sweetest people I’ve met and 2) My babe is from Belgium

  7. Bernice Miles

    I am a big fan of traveling as well! I would love to visit Belgium. I just got back from vacation in Hawaii. I could choose it as my next destination.

  8. Donna Mack

    I love Belgium. I always tell people it is the best hub for a western European vacation.

  9. Ann Amos

    Few more days and I’ll be in Belgium. so excited! I’m ready for this vacation. can’t wait

    • Katherine Swift

      I hope you’ll enjoy your vacation. Once you come back I hope you can share your experience as well. I need to convince my husband to choose Belgium for our next vacation, I myself already fall in love with Belgium after reading this article. But talking about my husband, hmm well, I need more feedback to convince him.

  10. Delores Mullen

    Just booked a vacation trip to Belgium for 5 days! It’s nice to have a short vacation before I start working again.

    • Justin Carter

      Cool! I hope you enjoy your vacation. And don’t forget to try authentic Belgian waffles and chocolates. ooohhh You’ll love it. WHenver my friends go to Belgium they always bring me Belgium chocolates and it tastes like heaven. Try it, girl!

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