Created in 1830, this highly-developed Western European country is one of the contrasts—best-preserved medieval architecture, the best chocolates in the world, one of history's most famous decisive battles, and two peoples with two languages buttoned by their capital city, Brussels. Yes, many a time has there been much controversy over the northern Flemish and the southern Walloons, Dutch and French-speaking populations respectively, each vying for influence over their country as evinced in the times in which Belgium had only care-taking governments for months. But despite the civil political disagreements, Belgium remains one of the most beautiful countries for visitors.
Brussels' capital of Belgium and the European Union boasts of endless cafes, fine restaurants, and many medieval and Renaissance buildings, some still functioning. As the center of EU politics, Brussels hosts many important venues that attract many people across Europe, making it a relatively cosmopolitan, vibrant city full of tranquil cafes, fine restaurants, and lively night clubs. Though being a major European city hosting hundreds of European and world institutions, Brussels is by no means a frenetic city like Paris or London; its relatively smaller population but no less vibrant lifestyle make it ideal for tourists looking for charm and excitement amidst a quiet landscape of historical proportions, such as the magnificent medieval Grand Place square with the Museum of the City of Brussels (a.k.a. Breadhouse) and the city's landmark—its majestic town hall or Hotel de Ville. Its colossal tower is seen from many miles and is a famous indicator for visitors—this is where to go! The city also hosts the fair Musee Royaux des Beaux Artes; The Royal Palace; the Palais de la Justice, the world's largest courthouse; the Cinquantenaire Park sumptuous gardens, colonnade, and great triumphal arch; and 900-year old St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral. However, the charm comes not only from buildings but also from the city's overall landscape: open-air markets, avenues, and streets strewn with towering trees, quaint shops, as well as medieval, Renaissance, and rococo architecture alive throughout the entire city. And don't forget the chocolates! Nearly every street has at least 3 or 4 famous chocolatiers ready to entice customers with their deliciously creative products, which have earned the city and Belgium a well-deserved place in the culinary world.
Filled with lovely medieval buildings, Bruges is a paradise for those who seek to lose themselves in history. The city is a famed monument to the greatness of medieval architecture and Flemish art. Dozens of museums house some of the world's finest collection of Flemish and Dutch Golden Age art. The city's prominent landmarks are in the Markt or the central city square, filled with cafes and gardens. In the yard is the first and foremost the Belfry of Bruges, a gigantic medieval bell tower; the Provincial Court; and the City Hall, all reachable through cobbled streets flanked by pubs, restaurants, and traditional shops.
Antwerp is both a busy industrial port city and an outstanding historic center for Belgian craftspeople and artists. The town plugs grand Flemish houses, historical monuments, and museums. The Grand Palace, Plantin-Moretus Museum, the Rubens' House, the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) are some of the highlights of this beautiful city that deserved to be visited. Don't forget to stop at Chocolate Nation, where you can discover about Belgian chocolate and, of course, enjoy its authentic flavor.
This charming city of Mons is located south of Brussels near the French border. The main attraction centers on the overwhelming Grand Place square. It also has a spectacular hill where tourists can admire Belfry of Mons, a century Baroque tower that houses a drum of 47 bells. The lovers of history and culture will find many places to visit and know more about this exciting city story.