Published on March 16, 2008
What makes Belgium so special?: What makes Belgium so special? visitbelgium The answers are many… Did you know?: Did you know? The city of Spa gave its name to all other spas. Brussels is headquarters to the EU & NATO. The Smurfs are abso-smurfly from Belgium. The saxophone was invented in Dinant in 1846. We have more than 35 UNESCO sites. Magritte was a surrealist painter from Belgium. Location, location, location…: Location, location, location… Only 6.5 hrs by air from the East Coast. Paris, London, & Amsterdam are a fast train away (1.5 hrs to Paris). From Brussels it is only 30 mins by train to Ghent or Antwerp and 1 hr to Bruges or Liege. Belgium: The Essence of Europe: Belgium: The Essence of Europe Rich in Art & Architecture Three Official Languages Capital of Europe World Class Gourmet Cuisine Friendly & Welcoming Locals Brussels: Brussels Enjoy a beer on a terrace on the Grand Place. Stop & smell the roses at the Royal Gardens. At the Royal Galleries you’ll shop like a king. Explore your inner artist in over 80 museums. Go weekend antiquing at the Grand Sablon. Flemish Art Cities: Flemish Art Cities Fill your pockets with sparkly Antwerp diamonds Cruise romantic canals in Bruges. Go medieval at Castle of the Counts in Ghent. Sip on Stella Artois at the brewery in Leuven. Delight in melodic Carillon chimes in Mechelen. The Ardennes: The Ardennes Hunt for antiques at Liege’s La Batte market. Storm the Citadel in Namur. Pay respect to fallen WWII heroes in Bastogne. Feel your heart race at the Grand Prix in Spa. Discover 2000 years of history in Tournai. Gourmet Belgium: Gourmet Belgium When it comes to great food, Belgium delivers what others promise. Divine Belgian Chocolate, there is no substitute. Real Belgian Waffles, topped any way you like. Steaming Mussels, fresh from the North Sea. Crispy, golden Frites, served with real mayo. 400 varieties of freshly brewed Belgian Beer. Culinary Experiences: Culinary Experiences Cooking classes in an elegant castle. Chocolate workshops at a Chocolate Museum. Beer tastings at authentic Belgian Breweries. Historic city tours with tasty stops along the way. Come taste how we live! Castles & Gardens: Castles & Gardens There are more castles per square mile in Belgium than anywhere else in the world. Stay overnight in a majestic castle. Explore medieval dungeons & weapons. Get lost in a labyrinth garden maze. Slide11: Girlfriend Getaways Study authentic Belgian lace making in Bruges. Get luxurious spa treatments in Spa. Make your very own box of Belgian chocolate. Tour the gardens of an enchanted castle. Test your gourmet skills with Belgian chefs. Indulge your passion for fashion with shopping tours, outdoor markets, & fashion museums. Honeymoons & Romance: Honeymoons & Romance Castle Stays Romantic Canals Sandy Beaches Valentine Specials She’ll say Yes to an Antwerp Diamond Stroll through beautiful Ardennes villages Spa Getaways: Spa Getaways Spa Themed Hotel Packages Modern Facilities & Treatments The town of Spa in Belgium is where all other spas get their name from. Gay Travel: Gay Travel Gaynation Celebration Concerts Fine Dining Beach Getaways Art & Architecture Shopping Diamonds Gay Pride Parade Festivals: Festivals Belgium, where you’re always in time for a festival! Ommegang Pageant Carnival de Binche Stavelot Carnival Ghent Festivities Beer Festivals Chocolate Festivals Jazz Festivals Film Festivals Family Fun: Family Fun In the land of chocolate and Smurfs, what’s not for kids to love? In the land of Smurfs and chocolate… what’s not for kids to love? Take a tour of cartoon murals in Brussels. Eat all the chocolate, waffles & fries you want! Feel like a giant at Mini-Europe Park. Visit the Smurfs at the Comic Strip Museum. River Cruising: River Cruising Excursions Additional Cities River Cruise Cities: Antwerp, Bruges & Ghent Barge Cities: Liege, Namur, Dinant & Tournai Discover Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, rustic countrysides and stop along the way to taste regional cheeses, beer, and chocolate. Action & Adventure: Action & Adventure Rock Climbing Kayak & Canoe Golf 4x4 Racing Bike along hidden country paths & quiet canals. Get a bird’s eye view from a hot air balloon. Military Heritage: WWI & WWII: Military Heritage: WWI & WWII Waterloo Bastogne – Battle of the Bulge Ieper – Flanders Field American Military Cemeteries Abbeys, Monasteries & Beguinages: Abbeys, Monasteries & Beguinages Abbeys and monasteries often have breweries using traditional Belgian brewing methods. Many abbeys and beguinages are converted into charming hotels. Young & Fun: Young & Fun Major Rock Festivals World’s Greatest Beer Pubs & Clubs Cheap Street Eats Youth Hostels Discount Rail Passes Bike Rentals Historic Cities & Sites Christmas Markets: Christmas Markets December transforms Belgium into a winter wonderland with Carillon concerts, ice skating, and magical Christmas Villages. Art & Architecture: Art & Architecture Home of Art Nouveau Architecture Tours Comic Strip Walks Flemish Art Cities Rubens, Van Eyck, Ensor, Magritte… Top Selling Points of Belgium: Top Selling Points of Belgium You make it happen, we’re here to help. : You make it happen, we’re here to help. Contact Us Sif Gustavsson Belgian Tourist Office [email protected] (212) 758 – 8130 ext 11 www.visitbelgium.com Contact us for information on accommodations, contacts with local suppliers, images, DVDs, and brochures.