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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Knokke

Knokke is the Hamptons of Belgium. And while it lacks the beautiful architecture and undeniable charm that the Hamptons offers, Knokke offers something the Hamptons does not: rentable, sectioned-off portions of private beach area. Here, there are public portions of the beach, but most of the sand is taken up by private boxes with loungers, sofas, and — of course — ice buckets filled with bottles of champagne.

A Visual Tour of Belgium

Rent your own private section of the beach

A Visual Tour of Belgium

The main street is lined with hundreds of shops. It’s clear that the prime pastimes here are #1: Shopping, #2: Spending time on the beach (or maybe it’s the reverse?? …hard to tell!).

A Visual Tour of Belgium

Where the wealthy go to play

From the quaint Namur in the south, to the bustling metropolis of Brussels in the center, to the beachy Knokke in the north, Belgium has something for everyone. I highly recommend that you put a two week trip to Brussels on your travel schedule sometime soon. Personally, I’m counting down the days until I get to go back!

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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 in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. 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 brands 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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