Seat of European institutions and of NATO, Belgium is in the top 10 European states in terms of world heritage monuments as decided by UNESCO. Amongst the historical monuments are buildings dating from the middle ages, museums, palaces, statues and complex original architecture that makes Belgium a leading European country.
To begin your visit it is strongly advised that you go to the capital Brussels, in order to discover the well renowned architectural masterpieces of the city, such as the magnificent buildings of the famous Grand Place nestled in the centre of the Belgian capital or the rather unique Atomium.
However, Brussels also has a reputation for its large number of museums and a myriad of other cultural curiosities such as being the Centre for Comic Strips, which emphasizes the important of the Belgian capital as a major centre for art in Europe. After Brussels, continue your journey heading in the direction of Bruges, known as the Venice of the North.
Bruges, a picturesque town, known for the beauty of its impressive cultural heritage (the historic district is classified by UNESCO) is easy to explore on foot or by one of the small boats that provide tours of the town.
Walking along the innumerable paved pathways, visitors will have the opportunity to admire the many monuments like the Cathedral Sait-Sauveur. As for the lovers of the ocean, they will be able to make the most of it from the 69 km of beaches in the north near the Netherlands border.
A place to sleep
In Belgium, the problem of accommodation remains a relatively tricky question, notably around the major tourist centres like Brussels and Bruges. Quickly besieged by the millions of visitors who land in the country in each season, hotel rooms are often rare and mostly quite expensive.
Belgian hotels, although increasing the number of rooms substantially in recent years, remain insufficient at times due to the influx of tourists, especially in the Belgian capital, Brussels.
As for the cities of Anvers, Gand, Charleroi, Liege, Bruges, Namur, Mons, Louvain, Alost and Courtrai, you will have a greater chance of making a reservation for a hotel at discount prices by taking advantage of the occasional promotions that can be found on the internet.
The only solution is to book your rooms well in advance of your departure. Nevertheless you will still have to travel with quite a few euros each day to stay in Belgium.
Faced with these less affordable hotel prices, less expensive alternatives such as bed and breakfasts could be an alternative, and they can be found. In Belgium this type of accommodation is known to be popular with tourists for its friendliness in comparison to other existing formulas.