Languages of Belgium
Belgium has 3 official languages namely Dutch (Flemish), French and German. Majority of the Belgians(60%) speak Dutch (Flemish) and 40 % of the citizens speak French.
Bordering The Netherlands, France, Luxembourg and Germany, Belgium is a compact multilingual country famous for its medieval towns, historical sites, canals, and cobbled streets and interestingly delicious food.
The country is an amalgamation of two cultures the French and Dutch so in a way, Belgium is two countries in one.
The largest and the capital city of Belgium, Brussels is a fascinating city with stunning architecture, Town square, fascinating history that are visible in each street and alleyways. Brussels is the administrative center of Europe and home to the European Union. Brussels is home to some of the ﬁnest Beers, Chocolates, Waﬄes, Mussels, and Fries.
Some of the attractions of Brussels include:
European Parliament, Grand-Place, Manneken Pis, Notre Dame du Sablon, Musical Instrument Museum, Comic Strip center, Palais Royal, Parc Du Cinquantenaire, and Atomium. Brussels is also home to the famous Belgian comic strip center.
A bustling port city in the North of Belgium, Antwerp is a beautiful city with a picturesque old town, great architecture, museums, and excellent food. Antwerp is nicknamed the ‘Diamond city’ and home to over 1700 diamond companies.
Attractions: Central Railway station – Considered as one of the world’s beautiful train station, Diamond District, Meier street – One of the famous shopping streets dotted with boutique and designer outlets and Het Steen, the medieval fortress.
Covering primarily Belgium and Luxembourg, also spreading to France and Germany, Ardennes is a perfect getaway from the busiest cities and towns of Western Europe. The region is famous for its extensive forests, terrains, rolling hills, high green peaks, and ridges.
The whole region is known for its breathtaking landscape and ideal for cycling, trekking, canoeing.
Resembling a Gothic fairly tale Bruges (locally called Brugge) is home to cobbled streets, beautiful canals, and medieval churches. Bruges is also home to some of the ﬁnest chocolates with over 50 chocolate shops, some of them have gained international recognition.
Bruges is also home to one of the highest Michelin restaurants per capita and considered as the capital of ﬁne dining.
Once an important city of the middle ages Ghent is home to Gothic churches, béguinages, and cathedrals. The modern Ghent is crammed with which cafés, boutiques and restaurants and is considered as the unoﬃcial capital of Belgian beer.
Some of the attractions of the city include:
Belfort, Castle Gravensteen
Belgium is foodie’s paradise. The country is home to many Michelin restaurants especially Bruges, one of the highest ratio of Michelin stars per capita in the world.
Belgium is ideally located between the Netherlands and France. The country is best explored while visiting the Netherlands from France or the other way around.