The capital of Belgium is the perfect city to start this list with. Although most people speak French here, you’ll soon discover that there are also many Dutch-language elements. As there are two languages, there are also two faces of Brussels in Belgium. On the one hand the city has fantastic hotspots and sights, on the other hand there are also streets that are not at all charming. You can find out which places in the city are worth visiting in my guide on how to visit Brussels in one day! And certainly do because the photos in the article show you immediately why Brussels is definitely worth it!
2. Grand Place
This world-famous square is the true heart of Brussels in Belgium. In 1998 it was listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is encompassed with guildhalls and the City Hall (a 15th-century gothic gem) and it is also known as the location of the famous Flower Carpet. Flower Carpet is a biennial event during which countless colorful begonias are laid out on the square in simple patterns, covering the area of 1,800 square meters. The first Flower Carpet was set up back in 1971. If you visit the square in that period, be prepared for massive crowds of tourists.
The French-speaking part of Belgium, Wallonia, has a capital just like the country itself. You probably already guess it: Namur! A river flows through the city, the Sambre flowing into the Maas, and that immediately sets the tone for the beauty of the city. On a warm day it is wonderful to stroll along the water. When you find yourself in need of some renewed energy, walk towards the cozy restaurants.
Bruges is one of the most romantic cities in Belgium to visit, although you may have known that for a long time. The romance is in the air! With its Medieval city center, you can walk from photogenic streets to the lively market square without being bored of impressive buildings. You can find beautiful architecture, stunning sights, and cozy eateries in this city.
Verviers is the name of this city of fountains. Located in the Ardennes, it has 21 different fountains, most of which are actually worth visiting. They all look beautiful and / or have a special history. Walk through Verviers and visit all the different fountains along a set route or discover what you encounter on your way to one of the sights. It also has quite a few special churches, and you will find various parks. There’s also plenty to discover in the city for museum lovers. It is not a very famous city break destination and that is precisely why Verviers is so nice to visit. Explore the city at leisure and enjoy places that have not yet been discovered by the masses!
The city of Ghent has a long history and, as often is the case, this also provides an interesting destination for your next city trip. Walk through the historic center of the city because there is something new to see. When you walk through those atmospheric streets, you will immediately see beautiful buildings, cozy cafés, and impressive buildings with special architecture.
One of my most beloved cities in Belgium to visit is without a doubt Antwerp. The city is close to the Dutch border, making a day trip to Antwerp very easy. In Antwerp, shopping is a party. Be sure to go to the famous Meir. It also has an extensive range of art and fashion museums. In between admiring beautiful places and shopping, let your feet relax in one of the many cozy little cafés and other hotspots.
Not every city trip has to go to a large, busy city. If you are looking for a quiet weekend away, then Kortrijk might be for you. Kortrijk is a charming city in West Flanders through which the River Leie flows. You walk along the water and through the colorful streets that border beautiful houses. You will also find various shops, restaurants and museums that will keep you entertained. The city is perfect for beautiful walks, so take those good shoes with you when you go to Kortrijk!
The pleasant city of Liège is located in the Ardennes. Here too, a lot of history has been preserved, making walking through the center a fun activity. Everywhere you will find elements that indicate the different centuries in which Liège developed. Cozy squares are surrounded by beautiful buildings with various museums scattered throughout the city.
The Belgian city of Ypres is probably well known if you are a history lover. Ypres is one of the cities that had a hard time during the First World War. Four battles took place around Ypres and many lives were lost. You can still find much of that period in Ypres. You will find war monuments and museums in which you learn more about that time. Try to imagine what it must have been like and certainly do it with the help of the In Flanders Fields Museum. This is an interactive war museum on the Grote Market in Ypres.