Belgium falls through the cracks. Wedged between Germany, France, and the Netherlands, and famous for waffles, Smurfs, and a statue of a little boy peeing, it’s no wonder it can get lost in the mix. But Belgium rewards with richer sights than you might expect — and fewer tourist crowds. You’ll encounter some of Europe’s finest cuisine, including the best beer, creamiest chocolates, and tastiest French fries. Belgium’s town squares bristle with soaring spires and warm-brick gables. Its museums house lush paintings celebrating the glories of everyday life. From funky urban neighborhoods to tranquil convents, from old-fashioned lace to high-powered European politics, little Belgium delights.
At a Glance
▲▲▲ Bruges Perfectly pickled Gothic city with charming cobbles, cozy squares, dreamy canals, divine chocolate, and unbeatable beer.
▲▲ Brussels Urbane capital of Belgium, the European Union, and NATO, with one of Europe’s grandest squares, colorful urban zones, and a beloved statue of a little boy peeing.
▲▲ Antwerp Gentrified port city with excellent museums, Belgium’s best fashion, and an engaging mix of urban grittiness and youthful trendiness.
▲ Ghent Pleasant, lively university city with historic quarter and breathtaking Van Eyck altarpiece in its massive cathedral.
Flanders Fields Infamous battle sites near Ypres, offering a powerful glimpse into Belgium’s traumatic WWI experience.
Damme Charming market town a bike ride away from Bruges.