If you are considering a visit to a traditionally-influenced place in Europe, you can give Belgium a try. This is a beautiful country in the Western Europe which is rich in culture, architecture and food. Exotic food and museums are the chief attractions in the Kingdom of Belgium. Food enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of beers and chocolates.
Famous Places to Visit in Belgium
If you want to see modern life, Brussels is the place to be. The top attraction in this city is the Grand Place, surrounded by the Town Hall and is considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The famous Manneken Pis, Belgium's famous little statue is another must-visit attraction in Brussels. It's a statue of little boy peeing in a fountain, located on the corner of Rue de L'Etuve & Stroofstraat since 1619.
Another attraction is the Choco-Story Museum that gives you a glimpse about the making of chocolates. Similarly, The Frietmuseum shows the role and history of potato and chips. Don't miss the Snow and Ice sculpture festival which displays exquisite ice sculptures.
A city just about 20 km east of the vibrant Brussels is Leuven. This is a city famous for the Hortus Botanicus Lovaniensis, a botanical garden known for possessing rare flowers and plants, ponds, greenhouses, etc.
The city is mainly known for its student life, pubs, bars and busy markets. Other attractions include the Leuven Town Hall, Grand Béguinage of Leuven, and many historical churches like St. Peter's Church and Church of Saint Michael.
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp is for art enthusiasts, displaying a wide range of works by world-renowned artists. Other places for tourists are the Steen Castle, Antwerp Port, and many diamond shops, as this city is believed to be the world's diamond capital.
Ghent is like a paradise to music lovers as well; with sporting festivals such as the Gentse Feesten, I Love Techno, and Festival of Flanders. Food enthusiasts can also have a good time in the multi-cuisine eateries of this Belgium city.
Tourists to Hasselt mark this place as a traditional European city. Though it is a small city, it is considered quite social. As being thought of as the 'city of the taste', there are many restaurants available around.
Fashionable shoppers can have a good time owing to the designer brand shops in most of the streets. You can even enjoy the Plopsa Indoor amusement park. Other places to visit are the open air museum in Bokrijk, Municipal Fashion Museum, and National Genever Museum.
Usually, people traveling to Belgium are tourists who visit Germany, Luxembourg, and France. They are surprised by the cultural heritage the country possesses. An interesting fact is that the country is one of the finest manufacturers of chocolate and beer the world over.