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Nestled in the Heart of Europe, Belgium is the perfect setting for love to blossom. Brussels beckons with a sensual feast of evocative Art Nouveau architecture, sinfully decadent chocolate shops, seductive jazz festivals, and the Royal Palace with its fragrant rose gardens. While  Wallonia, the Southern part of Belgium, inspires amour with its rich pageantry of picturesque villages, winding rivers perfect for romance cruises, manicured gardens of enchanted castles and  infectious joie de vivre.

Travel Like a Bachelorette in Belgium

Travel Like a Bachelorette in Belgium

The 5-star Steigenberger Grandhotel, Brussels was recently featured on ABC's The Bachelorette. In celebration of Andi Dorfman's journey to find love in the heart of Europe, Grandhotel is offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy their own Bachelorette experience. Travel Like a Bachelorette in Belgium, includes:

 

  • 1 night Classic Room (upgrade to Junior Suite based on availability)
  • Breakfast in room
  • Box of Marcolini Belgian chocolates
  • 1 Bachelorette cocktail per person

Bachelorette in Belgium itinerary of suggested sites & activities seen on ABC's The Bachelorette

 

The Steigenberger Grandhotel is undoubtedly the most beautiful luxury hotel in the heart of Brussels  Enjoy the hotel's auspicious location on chic Avenue Louise, with the world's most prestigious brand boutiques outside your doorstep and the European Quarter and historical center nearby.


 

Chance to Win a Luxury Brussels Weekend

Enter for your chance to win a luxurious two night stay in the Royal Suite at the Steigenberger Grandhotel, the very same 5-star hotel where Andi Dorfman and her smitten suitors stayed while filming ABC's The Bachelorette in Brussels.

Get a Taste of Brussels

A good way to get to know a place is through its food culture, as ABC's bachelorette Andi Dorfman learned on a tasting tour of Brussels where she sampled Belgian chocolate and waffles, mussels and fries before enjoying a cold beer on the Grand Place, one of the most breathtaking squares in Europe. Cultural walking tours with tasty stops are offered year round.

Storybook Castles

What could be more romantic than declaring your love in the fairy-tale setting of an enchanted castle steeped in European history?  From medieval moated palaces with elaborate garden mazes to intimate castles nestled majestically in the Ardennes forest, Belgium offers more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Many of these ancient castles have been converted into fabulous, fantasy hotels with modern-day facilities with luxurious amenities ideal for the storybook wedding or romantic honeymoon of your dreams. Discover stunning examples of baroque, renaissance and neo-gothic architecture, along with the more contemporary appeal of Belgian cuisine made from regional ingredients. In the summer, sit on the castle terrace and take in the sweeping landscape and manicured gardens while enjoying locally brewed Abbey ale. Whether you plan to pop the question, celebrate your honeymoon, or just wine and dine your loved one, the beautiful castles of Wallonia are sure to inspire the words Je t'aime.


 


Montaigle Castle Ruins Set the Mood

The ruins of this medieval fortress and 14th century residence of Counts was recently featured as a romantic setting on The Bachelorette. Standing on a rocky outcrop among lush wilderness above a tiny village, Montaigle transports visitors back to the age of the knights. The adjacent museum houses historical objects from crossbows and cannonballs to tableware and jewelry. Reachable by railbike, many visitors enjoy visiting a nearby snail farm to sample delicious escargot.

Weekend Antiquing

Newlywed couples in pursuit of decorative objets d'art to furnish their new homes will enjoy weekend antiquing on Saturdays and Sundays along the atmospheric Grand Sablon Square in Brussels. On Sundays hunt for vintage treasures at the Belfry Market in Namur and at the famed La Batte Market stretching two miles along the riverfront in Liege. From antique silver boxes to hold your wedding rings, to crystal champagne flutes and impressive pieces of European elegance, these markets are a wonderful opportunity to take in the local culture while making romantic memories that will last a lifetime.


Perfume Making - At the Castle of the Counts

Discover the sweet smelling secrets of fragrance making at Delforge Perfumery located in Namur's Castle of the Counts. The former 17th century citadel which once housed artillery is today a fully operational perfume manufacturer and olfactory laboratory where visitors can learn the complex processes of artisan perfume-making. A gift shop is available where you can buy your sweet one some award-winning perfume.


Romantic River Cruises

What could be more relaxing and romantic than discovering Southern Belgium by small ship along the River Meuse? River cruises invite long languid afternoons that pass by at 5 mph, and many offer a taste of local culture, while all offer up-close views of gorgeous meandering landscapes of picturesque Walloon villages and breathtaking castles. River cruises from Dinant sail all year day or night and can be rented for private events such as weddings for up to 250 guests.


Beer Tastings & Brewery Visits

Much like touring the wine vineyards of France, Belgium can be discovered through its exquisite art of beer making which has been developed over centuries. Explore the rolling hills, lush green landscapes and charming villages of the Ardennes while falling in love with legendary Belgian Monastic and Abbey beers brewed at quaint Trappist monasteries and Abbeys by monks whose ancient traditions have not been forgotten.


Monastic Life at Maredsous Abbey

As seen on ABC's The Bachelorette, Maredsous Abbey in Namur is a 19th century monastery of Benedictine monks where visitors can take in the neo-Gothic architecture and get a taste of monastic life through a sampling of their bread, cheese and three types of abbey beers: Maredsous Blonde, Brune and Triple. The meditative atmosphere is conducive to a stroll on the hallowed grounds which include the 1872 church gardens, library and artisanal workshops.

Are You Feeling Saxy?

Situated on the River Meuse southeast of Brussels, the charming town of Dinant is the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. To mark the 200thanniversary of his birth, Dinant has developed Leffe Jazz Nights (Jul 18-20) and a Sax in the City self-guided walk for visitors to follow in his musical footsteps. In Brussels, the Musical Instrument Museum will debut "SAX200," a multi-themed exhibition depicting the inventors life and the history of the instrument, which will be on display through January 11, 2015. There are a remarkable number of jazz festivals in Brussels and Dinant going on throughout the year that will undeniably jazz up lovers of the genre.


Rail-Bike Adventures Await

Make your heart jump with excitement on a Rail-bike adventure like Andi Dorfman enjoyed on ABC's The Bachelorette.  Explore wildlife along the picturesque Molignée valley in Wallonia at your own pace riding a wonderfully odd two-person bicycle that fits perfectly on railway tracks where trains no longer travel. Some rail-bikes hold additional people on the back and there are three routes of varying length to choose from. A great way to burn off delicious Belgian chocolate!

Chocolate Sweets for Your Sweet

Belgian chocolate has been a lure for lovers and the country produces over 180,000 tons of the product per year, which is considered by many to be a powerful aphrodisiac. From chocolate museums to chocolate workshops to chocolatier classes, festivals and events, there are a million ways to get your hands dirty discovering the secrets of Belgium's famous cocoa confection and truly give in to the one true dark master!


Hot Air Balloon Rides

Experience the tranquility and romance of an intimate hot air balloon ride over the sweeping landscapes of Belgium. It is the oldest form of aviation in the world and treasured by many couples as a way to celebrate wedding anniversaries.