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Welcome to Belgium

Multicultural Belgium—the political center of Europe—is a small-but-important country that entices visitors with its specialty beers, tantalizing chocolate, and myriad waffles, along with an equally rich history. Belgium's location, squished between Germany and France, give it an often-outsized historical importance, with World War I and II having left notable marks; day tours from the capital make stops at historic sites related to the well-known Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Waterloo. Brussels itself boasts a warren of medieval architecture, the Houses of Parliament, and plenty of that renowned Belgian beer and chocolate that you won't want to leave without sampling. Head just an hour outside the capital, though, and big city life fades away in favor of the picturesque fields of Flanders, and secondary cities such as Antwerp and Bruges. Visitors can easily see one or both in a single day with the help of a guided tour. Antwerp's beautiful port and majestic town square open to reveal celebrated art by Rubens and the intense center of the diamond industry. Meanwhile, Bruges' quaint serenity creates a timeless fairy-tale scene where travelers can step back a few centuries via canal cruises or walking tours through the town.

Top 10 attractions in Belgium

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Grand-Place (Grote Markt)

Grand-Place (Grote Markt)

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Arguably Europe’s most beautiful square, Brussels’ Grand Place—in the heart of the historic and hip city—is surrounded by nearly 40 baroque and gothic guildhalls and the stunning Brussels Town Hall. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the large cobblestone square, also known as Grote Markt, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belgium.More
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Minnewater (Lake of Love)

Minnewater (Lake of Love)

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Surrounded by a park that’s long been known as a romantic place for a stroll, Minnewater—also known as the Lake of Love—is a great place for anyone looking for some quiet time in nature. Swans are a common site on the lake, and the traditional Belgian brick houses around it make the park particularly photogenic.More
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Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis

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The Manneken Pis—sculptor Jerome Duquesnoy’s small bronze statue of a little boy urinating into a Brussels fountain—is one of Belgium’s most beloved landmarks. Built in 1619, the boy is hailed as the capital’s oldest resident and remains a favorite of both locals and tourists, with a host of myths and legends to his name.More
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Market Square (Markt)

Market Square (Markt)

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The medieval-style Markt (Market Square) is the setting for Bruges’ most photogenic landmarks, including the belfry (Belfort) and the Provinciaal Hof. At its center stands a statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, who played leading roles in the Flemish resistance against the French in the 1302 Battle of the Golden Spurs.More
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Atomium

Atomium

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One of Brussels’ most iconic structures, the futuristic Atomium is a gargantuan structure designed to resemble an iron molecule magnified 165 billion times. It was created in 1958 for the Expo 58, and though it was originally slated for demolition, it was so popular with locals that it became a permanent feature of the city’s skyline.More
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Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde (Begijnhof)

Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde (Begijnhof)

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Bruges’ Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde is one of the most famous and best preserved of Belgium’s UNESCO-listed Beguinages. One of the town’s most-visited attractions, it offers a glimpse into the European Beguine movement of the Middle Ages.More
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St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

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Fronted by a Romanesque, baroque and Gothic facade, Ghent’s cavernous cathedral serves as a repository for a valuable collection of art treasures, including works by Rubens and Laurent Delvaux. Its showpiece attraction is the Van Eyck brothers’ world-renowned 24-panel altarpiece,The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.More
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Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk)

Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk)

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The brick spire of the Church of Our Lady is visible across the city. Home to several important artworks, including Michelangelo’s marble Madonna and Child, the restored interior of the church is a must-visit for fans of European architecture.More
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Brussels Royal Palace (Palais Royal de Bruxelles)

Brussels Royal Palace (Palais Royal de Bruxelles)

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Dating back to the 18th century and fronted by the idyllic Parc de Bruxelles (Brussels Park), the Brussels Royal Palace (Palais Royal Bruxelles) might no longer be the official residence of Belgium’s royal family, but it remains one of the capital’s most magnificent landmarks and the site of various royal and state events.More
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Graslei and Korenlei

Graslei and Korenlei

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The medieval quays of Graslei and Korenlei face each other across the canalized River Leie and originally formed part of Tusschen Brugghen, the city’s thriving harbour. Their banks are lined with a rare architectural treat – the loveliest gabled guild houses and warehouses in Belgium, built between the 1200s and 1600s by rich merchants and guilds whose wealth came from trade. The streets are united by St Michael’s Bridge, from where their gabled delights can be seen at best advantage, and although considerable restoration work has taken place, these distinctive townhouses have maintained their allure.Graslei is lined by canal-side restaurants blessed with a graceful backdrop of gabled gild houses; the oldest is the Het Spijker (Stockpile House) at no. 10; other ornate façades once contained the guild houses of the stonemasons, the free boatmen and the grain measurers as well as the former customs house. Across the river from Graslei, Korenlei offers many surprises of its own, including imposing step-gabled, red-brick 16th-century houses. No. 9 is of particular interest for the gilded swans adorning the facade; in its time De Swaene has been both a brewery and a bordello. The pink-and-white Gildehuis van de Onvrije Schippers (Guild House of the Tied Boatmen) dates from 1739 and is a masterpiece of Flemish Baroque architecture.By day, tour boats leave from the quays of Graslei and Korenlei; after dark the district morphs into party central and restaurants, cafés and bars sprout along the quaysides.More

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Top activities in Belgium

Brussels Chocolate Workshop

Brussels Chocolate Workshop

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Recent reviews from experiences in Belgium

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Worth it!
jamarbfoster, Feb 2020
Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels
Both cities are definitely great destinations to visit when you’re in Belgium.
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Great Experience
sachinp102019, Aug 2019
Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels
Will try to visit again
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Great Tour
LAURA_O, Jul 2019
Brussels Small-Group Chocolate Tasting Tour
The tour was a great way to see Brussels while experiencing some chocolate tastings and learning about the history of the famous chocolate makers of Belgium.
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Great tour! I have always wanted to...
Erin S, Jul 2017
Luxembourg and Dinant Day Trip from Brussels
I have always wanted to see Luxembourg, but I did not want to commit to staying a night in this city.
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Anyone with a connection to WWI...
Kyle H, Aug 2017
Remembrance tour. The fairytale city of Bruges & the poppies of Flanders Fields
It really is a powerful feeling to visit the graves of so many young men, and see the areas where they fought.
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The best of five tours we took with...
Larry_B, Oct 2016
Antwerp: Diamonds galore, elegance, arts and stunning architecture
Had an adequate amount of time to walk through the old city, but as with all beautiful old cities, not nearly enough time to see everything.
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Worth the visit. The tour guide was...
Michelle H, Aug 2016
Luxembourg and Dinant Day Trip from Brussels
We had plenty of time to see Luxembourg then we visited Dinant in Belgium.
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We only had a day in Brussels and...
Sally C, Nov 2015
Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop
We only had a day in Brussels and this tour was the perfect way to see the city and indulge in chocolate Belgium style at the same time.
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Great Guide! Great group! great...
Ashley R, Nov 2014
Marc's Belgian Beer Tour in Brussels
great way to see the city and experience the beer culture of Belgium!
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I had just one day to spending in...
Leighann P, May 2014
Marc's Belgian Beer Tour in Brussels
I had just one day to spending in Brussels before taking a train to Paris so I thought taking a beer tasting tour would be the best way to see the sights and enjoy one of the best parts of Belgium, the beer!
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We had a very qualified guide who told...
VIOREL D, Aug 2008
The glory of Holland: Amsterdam and windmills galore
She speaks English, French, Spanish etc.
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I thought this tour was great...
Amy M, Mar 2017
Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels
Such a great way to see Ghent and Bruges if you don't have much time in Belgium.
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Chocolate walk
Priscilla_Y, Mar 2020
Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop
I especially like the order in which the shops were presented so that we really got a good sampling and were able to see the variations in the tastes of different makers.
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Best Birthday Euro-Trip, EVER!
Garfield_L, Mar 2020
Bus day trip to Bruges & Ghent from Brussels
But also getting to see Ghent was amazing'er!
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Excellent experience
Caroline_T, Jul 2019
Remembrance tour. The fairytale city of Bruges & the poppies of Flanders Fields
The trip was well planned, and we were able to see quite a lot of sites in a short amount of time.
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Was staying in Amsterdam and took...
sherri h, Dec 2017
Brussels Private Tours by Locals: Highlights & Hidden Gems, Personalized ★★★★★
Was staying in Amsterdam and took the fast train to Brussels allowing only 5 hours to see the town so used Viator to book a tour guide so no time was wasted trying to find our way around and delayed getting lost.
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The tour was great! We were staying...
Emma J, Jul 2016
Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels
We were staying in Brussels for 2 nights so this was a fantastic way to see more of Belgium in a short space of time.
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We travelled to Belgium on the P and...
Simon C, Sep 2017
Round-Trip Shuttle Service from Zeebrugge to Bruges
We have used Viator several times now in different countries for different activities and they have always been great - would definitely 100 recommend.
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Amazing experience! Tour departed on...
Giulia T, Nov 2017
Brussels, the most comprehensive city tour
We started visiting the main square, and then jumped on our minibus to visit the rest of the attractions.
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We really enjoyed our trip to...
Giselle M, Aug 2017
The glory of Holland: Amsterdam and windmills galore
This trip gives you a flavour of Amsterdam only and you would certainly have insufficient time to visit any of the museums or Anne Franks house as the queues are massive.
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