Belgium, a European country, known for its indulgent chocolates, tasty beer, lovely canals and the medieval rooftops, is remarkable with friendly and welcoming people. Here time seems to move at a slower pace. Some of the best tourist attractions in Belgium are boasting designer shops, museums, galleries and cobblestone streets.
Mons is famous for Belfry bells, which hails from the 80 meter tower, is known for its magical and surprising ringing. This tourist attraction is the province of Hainaut. The Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru brags a collection of statues of Jacques Du Broeucq from 16th century. The Gothic-style Mons Town Hall is the eye catcher. The city is a mix of architectural styles. Visitors easily traverse the city through the winding streets. The amazing reproductions of Van Gogh’s work is considered as an important tourist attraction.
Dinant (Where to Stay)
Dinant is located along the Meuse River in the Namur province. This city is just 65 km south from the capital city. Some of the tourist attractions of the city are the Caves of Han and the Grotto of Dinant, considered as the Europe’s largest caves and are magnificient. The caves are there within a Wildlife Reserve with some native flora and fauna. The major tourist attraction is the city’s landmark, the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame. Though the church was partially rebuilt after facing a massive landslide, it still is remarkable. Apart from Beauraing which is open daily, other Dinant’s sanctuaries are only accessible on prior appointments.
Leuven (Where to Stay)
Leuven is a lively tourist attraction with 35,000 students from a total population of 100,000. It is home to the oldest Catholic university in the world. The historical section of the city vaults the Belfry on St. Peter’s Church and the Grand Beguinage. Interesting shops and galleries are laid at two endless streets. The tourist attraction of the city are Grote Market, adjacent to exceptional dining options, cafes and street side pubs. It is considered, as the location prefers, to be an ideal alternative to Brussels as a vacationer’s main hub to explore the rest of the country.
Mechelen (Where to Stay)
Mechelen is one of the vibrant tourist attraction in Belgium. In this Flander’s locale there is a lot you can see and do including river boat tour and Beguinage Brewery. You can get the panoramic view of the Antwerp Port and this city from the top of the St. Rombout Cathedral’s massive tower. Carillion School, famous tourist attraction, is a must stop. Here, students from all over the world get instruction on playing this complex instruments of bells.
Ghent (Where to Stay)
Ghent as a tourist attraction is a city of history, once being considered the second largest city after Paris. It was one of the richest and powerful cities in Europe during the middle ages. While viewing the houses of rich traders and the imposing architecture of churches, the impact of the rich past can be clearly seen. The main tourist attractions include the scenic old Graslei harbor, the Gravensteen castle and the grand medieval cathedrals.
The best tourist attractions for hiking, biking and camping are the rugged hills of the Ardennes. These have dense forests, cliffs and caves. The best picks around are the castle of Bouillon, the modern Labyrinth of Barvaux and the impressive caves of Han-sur-Lesse. These hills hide a lot of castles, number of friendly villages and a few other sights. Wild boar, lynx and deer resides in the forests of Ardennes. The city of Namur is basically a great tourist attraction in itself and has some amazing sights to explore.
Antwerp (Where to Stay)
Being a distinct tourist attraction, Antwerp is a city with number of faces. Bruges which is historically preserved while on the other hand is Ghent which is a dynamic city, offering a mix of modern and historical life. The city as a tourist attraction is known as Diamond District. Here more than 70 per cent of the rough diamond of the world are traded. The city is famous for its great food, great beer and good times amongst lovers. Antwerp celebrates art work of different artists including the baroque work of Peter Paul Ruebens and the Plantin Moretus Museum resides work of bookbinder Christoffel Plantin. This place has some architectural wonders as well, the 1351 construction and the majestic combination of Gothic architecture of the Saint Paul’s Church and baroque.
It is an excellent tourist attraction, adjacent to France, to tune out the hustle of other Belgium cities. Tournai is the quaint and lovely community. The five-towered Gothich and Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most beautiful churches in the world, resides in this city. The cathedral was constructed in 12th and 13th centuries and houses the Shrine of Our Lady and also the works by Jordaens and Ruvens. You can experience a rich cultural history of more than 2000 years while exploring the city. The Museum of Fine Arts, another tourist attraction, is a home to some masterpieces of primitive and contemporary artists including Campin, Rubens, and Van Gogh.
Brussels (Where to Stay)
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and a tourist attraction known for its diversity of sites. Established in the 13th century, the Grand Place is the center of the city. Around this central square are the terrace cafes and pubs. The other sites are stunning Gothic style Town Hall. Shopping here amid the Galeries St. Hubert which is centrally located glass-roof arcade having shops, cafes and theaters.
Bruges (Where to Stay)
The tourist attraction Bruges is home to the medieval architecture especially on the southern side of the city. It is known as the Europe’s ‘Venice of the North’, emits strongly the spirit and history of the Vikings. Bruges is the lovely city of canals and very easy to traverse. The city’s main hub is the Grote’s Market Square. On the western side is the neo-gothic amid Provincial Court. The Belfry Tower is north of the Square. Not to be missed sites include the impressive Saint John’s Hospital built in 1188 and the spectacular Gruuthuse Mansion.