Belgium has thousands of historic attractions and a youthful and modern spirit and culture. If you ever find yourself in this energetic country or are planning to visit, these are the five sites you can not miss in Belgium.
1. Grand Place
Considered the historic center of Belgium, Brussels is famous for the opulent architecture that adorns the city. The most famous is the Grand Place. The commercial center was built in the 15th century, but some of the buildings had to be restored after the French bombarded them in 1695. In 1998 it was named a UNESCO site, and now the center is a major tourist attraction.
2. Burg Square
In northern Belgium is the Venice of the North, Bruges. The city is known for its canals and the city center of Burg Square. In the square, you can find the Basilica of the Holy Blood, famous for having a cloth with Christ’s blood. Although the basilica does not stand out on the outside, the art and gold detailing inside is astonishing.
In the square is also government housing, a museum for Belgian fries, a chocolate museum, and the Belfry of Bruges. After climbing the 366 steps, you get the best view of the whole city at the top of the belfry.
3. Church of Our Lady Museum
At 115.5 meters high, the Museum of the Church of Our Lady in Brussels is impossible to miss. The church has a collection of art, including Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child and the tombs of Mary of Burgundy and her father, Charles the Bold.
4. Three Medieval Towers of Ghent
You know you have arrived in Ghent when you see the three medieval towers, St. Nicholas Chuch, the Belfry of Ghent, and St. Bavo’s Cathedral. The three landmarks are classic pieces of art that hold years of history. In St. Bavo’s Cathedral, there are various artworks, some of them dating back to medieval times. The most famous is The Mystic Lamb, it was completed in the 15th century and is now the altarpiece of the church.
5. Graslei & Korenlei
Although it is not called the Venice of the North, Ghent has the Graslei and Korenlei docks. The historical ports are recognized as the most beautiful spot in the city. After a mandatory boat ride and getting the best picture of the former port, you can discover Belgiums’ beer and chocolate culture in one of the many cafe patios!
When traveling in any country, there can be a lot of activities to do and many sites to see. These five essential sites of Belgium will make sure you don’t miss out on anything, and help you get a little bit of the Belgian experience.