Belgium has attractions out of proportion to its diminutive size. From medieval cities and abbeys where the monks run their own breweries to forested hills and famous World War I and II battlegrounds for contemplation and remembrance. It's a little country that packs a big punch. Here we'll highlight three of the country's brightest stars: Brussels, Gent, and Brugge.
Brussels's vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere and multicultural beat make it much more than simply the administrative hub of Europe. The city was home to a number of greats, including René Magritte, Georges Remi (under his pen name, Hergé, he was the creator of Tintin), Victor Horta, Jacques Brel, and many other famous people you may have thought were French. It brims with museums that celebrate its famous sons and daughters. But for all its world-class restaurants, architecture, and art, the city keeps a relatively low profile; that means that you'll still have plenty of breathing room visiting its landmarks, cobbled streets, and beautiful parks.
With around a million inhabitants, Brussels is arguably the only place in Belgium that really deserves the title of city in the truest global sense. And it has the grand boulevards and palaces one would expect to fine in a European capital.
Brugge and Gent are both beautiful ancient towns whose heritage has been well preserved through the ages. On a more manageable scale than the larger capital, they stand out for their cobbled streets, medieval monuments, and memorable restaurants. Their beauty is no secret though, so you're unlikely to be visiting alone. Gent, and particularly Brugge, gets crowded in summer, but even then there are quieter corners and it is fairly easy to give the masses the slip. The weather may be fickle in the quieter, colder seasons, but the crowds are a lot thinner; it's then that you can feel the rhythm of life as it was many centuries ago.