Belgium Tours from Amsterdam
By Viator, May 2014
Bruges, for instance. Like Amsterdam, this compact city in Belgium’s north is built on canals, and its centuries as a major European trading center are evident in its soaring Gothic churches and rows of imposing merchants’ houses. Stunning vistas await around every corner of this UNESCO World Heritage site. To get an overview, test your calf muscles against the might of the Belfry to get a sweeping view of the lively main square and the rest of this miraculously preserved medieval town center. The Castle of the Counts, Basilica of the Holy Blood and the unparalleled collection of Flemish Primitive art in the Groeninge Museum make this a well-rounded cultural crash course.
The charms of nearby Ghent might not announce from the rooftops, but it represents a perfect blend of old and new. The local university lends the city a lively air and an extensive pedestrianized center makes Ghent a joy to discover on foot, with churches and public buildings to rival Bruges.
The country’s capital doesn’t skimp on breathtaking sights either, presenting a showcase of styles from early medieval to the clean modern lines of the European Union, its residents equally happy slurping excellent local brews in sleek contemporary bars or half-timbered taverns. Antwerp, meanwhile, is the sophisticated, self-confident centerpiece of Flemish Belgium. The focal point of the world’s diamond trade also has its fair share of artistic jewels, including Rubens’ house which reflects the master’s love of Italian Renaissance styles.
The wealth of treasures in little Belgium never ceases to amaze, but you probably didn’t expect to find the whole of Europe there, did you? Mini Europe offers scaled-down versions of major European cities to make even the littlest toddler feel like a giant, with plenty of diversions for all ages.
Already in Belgium? Then the canals, museums and earthy delights of Amsterdam can also be seen on a day trip after a journey which takes you through some of Holland’s most scenic windmill-dotted countryside.