7 Reasons to Make Belgium Your Next Holiday DestinationPublished on March 23, 2016
Belgium, a country that continues to baffle us with its gorgeous blend of history and modern day living. From its medieval castles, diverse cultural styles, delicious beers and chocolates of all time, this great nation has proven to be the jewel of Europe.
1. The Belgian Chocolate Artform
Whether or not you have a sweet tooth, you will want to grab a few bites of the variety of Belgian chocolates. This sugary treat was transformed by the Belgians into a culinary experience that will only leave you asking for more.
2. The Grote Markt, Brussels
The Grote Markt, otherwise known as the Grand Palace, is the central square of Brussels and it is surrounded by guild halls, the Brussels Town Hall and the Breadhouse building, and is home to the Museum of the City of Brussels. The square is a World Heritage Site and over the years, has become a primary tourist destination for a variety of reasons such as art, culture and architecture.
Tip: Every couple of years, an enormous “flower carpet” festival takes place in the heart of the square. A million begonias are set up in intricate and beautiful patterns that attracts tourists, travelers and Belgians from across the country.
3. Arcade du Cinquantenaire, Brussels
The Arcade du Cinquantenaire, located in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, was part of a project to beautify Brussells by Leopold II and was designed by Gédéon Bordiau. Upon his death, however, Charles Girault alternated Bordiau’s initial idea, except for the Quadriga, the arch's bronze sculpture.
The Quadriga, depicts a group of women charioteer, created to represent Brabant raising the national flag. The pedestal is also inscribed with "this monument was erected in 1905 for the glorification of the independence of Belgium.”
4. The Atomium, Brussels
The Atomium was originally constructed for the Expo 58 in 1958 and designed by two architectural masterminds, André and Jean Polak, along with a groundbreaking engineer André Waterkeyn.
The building is dubbed the “most bizarre building Europe” by CNN, and is created of several spheres that are connected by tubes. The highly sophisticated building contain stairs, escalators and an elevator which allow access to the five habitable spheres, home to exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere includes a restaurant which has a panoramic view of Brussels, so don’t forget to stop by for delicious meal!
5. The Entire Belgian Capital, Brussels
The historic yet modern Brussels is a city that is built on contrasts. The vast array of beautiful architectural buildings from different eras, inspired by different immigrants, trends and cultures, makes it a city like no other.
Its residents are known for their peculiar yet loved humor and an outlook on life that is simply remarkable.
6. Sint-Salvator Cathedral, Bruges
The main church in the city of Bruges is the Sint-Salvator Cathedral, one of the very few buildings that stood the test of time.
The interior of the cathedral is now home to a vast majority of artwork and carpets that were previously exhibited in its predecessor, the Sint-Donaaskathedraal. The carpets hung on the wall were created in Brussels by the great artist, Jasper van der Borcht, in 1731.
7. Belfry of Bruges, Bruges
The Belfry of Bruges is one of the prominent symbols of the city of Bruges. The medieval bell tower used to house the treasury and the municipal archives and was also used as an observation post for spotting fires and other hazards that could prove to be dangerous to the public.
The bells in the tower were largely used to inform residents of certain things such as fire alarms, working hours, social, political, and religious events. Eventually, the bells would ring out every hour, indicating the time.