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Explore Belgium by Province

Castles, Gardens and Charming Villages

From Namur to Bastogne

A Brussels Comic Strip Walk

Brussels with a Theme


Art Nouveau

Enjoy beautiful Art Nouveau facades including a stop at Victor Horta's house and other museums.
Beer Tour Discovery stay in a guest room in Brussels, capital of the country with more than 400 beers.
Brussels City Trips Discover Brussels through themed experiences such as gourmet, art, night life and more.
Brussels Segwaytour Discover the streets of Belgium on a segway!

Classic Brussels

All the traditional sights in Brussels including the Grand Place and Mannekin Pis.

Comic Strip

A look at the colorful comic strip murals sprinkled throughout Brussels and a visit to the Comic Strip Museum.

Mont Des Arts

This area is the transition between the ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ town. Museums, theaters and historical monuments.

Fashion Trail

A shopping tour of Brussels from the latest creations to upscale designs. A visit to the Costume and Lace Museum.

European District

Travel from the past into the future and back in only a few strides. Parliament, EU, Cinquantenaire Park and more.

Gourmet Trail

Chocolate, waffles and beer are all mandatory stops on this gourmet route of Brussels.

Sablon to the Marolles

Take in a few museums while checking out the Antique and Flea Markets.
Green Brussels Parks, gardens and forests in Brussels means that visitors can enjoy the greenest capital in Europe.
Voir et Dire Bruxelles Bus, walking and bike guided tours in Brussels
Brussels City Tours Discover Brussels and other Belgian cities.

 

Explore Belgium by Province

South West of Brussels: Hainaut Province
South of Brussels: Namur Province
East of Brussels: Liege Province
South East of Brussels: Luxembourg Province

 

South West of Brussels: Hainaut Province

Brussels - > Beloeil - Tournai - Mons - Nivelles - Waterloo -> Brussels - a 157 miles trip

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Beloeil (Highway E19)

The castle belongs to the family of the princes of Ligne since the 14th century. It has wonderful gardens, a 15acre basin designed by a disciple of Le Notre.   Inside, the castle has a museum like collection of fine furniture, tapestries, family portraits and memorabilia.

 

Tournai (via Stambruges to E42 )

A city already important in the roman times and later under King Clovis was an important tapestry - weaving center in the 15th and 16th century. The Romanesque cathedral is one of the most imposing and original buildings in Europe. Inside the church look for the treasury containing the silver and gold reliquary of Nicolas de Verdun. The town has a nice main square with the oldest belfry in Belgium just around the corner. The Fine Art Museum was built by Victor Horta.

 

Mons

Mons was developed around a castle and a monastery in the 7th century. A magnificent church in Brabant Gothic style houses the 18th c. “Golden Chariot ” which annually carries de reliquary of St Waudru through the streets of the city. The procession ends with the pageant of the battle of the Lumeçon, between St George and the Dragon. Guess who wins…   A beautiful baroque Belfry stands on the highest point of the city from where there are great views of the surrounding countryside and the ruins of the castle of the Counts of Hainaut as well as an 11th c. Chapel.

 

Just outside Mons, visit a coal mining industrial archeological site “le Grand Hornu” Aremarkable complex in neo classical style where the workplace and homes are integrated. It is now a museum, check with the local tourist office in Mons for special exhibits that are regularly organized in this spectacular space.

 

Nivelles (E42 leads into E19)Map - detail - Itinerary - Brussels to Waterloo

This very old town goes back to Carolingian times.The most important monument to visit is St, Gertrude’ Collegiate church. A very impressive Romanesque abbey church consecrated in the 12th century by Henry III (yes of France). The size and simplicity inside and outside are striking. The archeological basement consists of the ruins of 5other churches, from the 7th to 10thcentury, which preceded the Romanesque one.

 

Waterloo (E19 to belt around Brussels, then follow directions to Antwerp and get off at N5 to Waterloo). This is the famous battlefield where Napoleon was defeated by the combined forces of Wellington and Blucher.

 

South of Brussels: Namur Province

Brussels - Namur - Annevoie - Maredsous - Dinant - Freyr -  Veves - Celles - Brussels (97 miles)

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Namur ‘s strategic position on the Meuse and Sambre made it the ideal military site. The imposing citadel still stands and can be visited. In the charming and busy town you will also find an archeological museum that houses a beautiful treasury of Hugo d’Oignies, composed of delicate 13th century metal work in gold and silver.  The satirical irreverent artist Felicien Rops, native of Namur has a museum devoted tohis work, well worth a stop.

 

Annevoie

On the way to Dinant stay on the west bank of the Meuse (N 92) and visit the gardens of Annevoie. Surrounding an elegant house of the 17th and 18th century these are a combination of traditional French and romantic Italian styles and famous for their fountains, canals, cascades and other creative uses of the water of the natural springs.

 

Maredsous

Take the yellow road5km south west of Annevoievisit de abbey ofMaredsous where you can taste monk’s beer and cheese.

 

Dinant

Another of those cities that was always at war with its rival neighbors. The very imposing citadel must have made the citizens feel safe. Perched on a rock it overlooks the river.

 

Freyr castle

Just outside of Dinant (follow the Meuseriver) Freyr is a beautiful castle in Renaissance Mosan and Louis XV style,surrounded by gardens designed by the counts Beaufort Spontin , again with inspiration from Le Notre in the 17th century . It also has an excellent view of the Meuse and the rocks on the other bank.   Cross the Meuse to Furfooz via the Walzin Castle.map_iti_3a.gif (25847 bytes)

 

Veves

Cross the Meuse direction Furfooz ( N 910) to one of the bestpreservedmedieval castles in Belgium standing imposingly in a bucolic setting.

 

Celles

Continue on N 910 to Celles a beautiful village with a Romanesque church ofthe 11th century in pure Mosan style. Pay attention to the tombstone of theBeauforts in black Dinant marble.

Han

At the door of the Ardennes, one-hour drive from Brussels, the Caves of Han are among the largest, most renowned and beautiful caves in Europe and thoroughly deserve their 3-star rating in the Michelin guide: entry aboard a 100-year-old tram, multilingual guided tours, sound and light show and exit along the underground river.   The Caves are situated in beautiful natural surroundings,  which host a Wildlife Reserve where European wild species roam in their natural environment.

Next to the world-famous Caves of Han,  a Wildlife Reserve extends over 250 hectares of pure nature, where several European wildlife species roam in their natural environment : deer, boars, wolves, lynx, European bisons and many others.  The Reserve is visited in safari-car or by foot.

East of Brussels: Liege Province

Liege -Spa - Francorchamps - Malmedy - Stavelot - Reinhardstein - Eupen -Liege (78 miles)

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LIEGE

Liege is a historical city on the river Meuse, dating back to Charlemagne. With a wonderful central location, it is only one hour from Brussels by train or car and just two hours by Thalys from Paris to the new Liege-Guillemins Station designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava.

 

SPA

This town gave its name to all spas in the world. The waters have been famous since Roman times. Crowned heads such as Queen Margot, Queen Christine of Sweden, Peter the Great and also our own King Leopold II come here to drink and bathe in the waters, soak in mud baths and walk in the beautiful forests. Spa is also home to the oldest casino in the world, construction began in 1763 by the prince-bishop of Liège.

 

Today, the Pearl of the Ardennes is a place to enjoy outdoor theater performances in the summer, music festivals and the surrounding forests offer ideal hiking and biking paths.

 

FRANCORCHAMPS

The world famous Spa-Francorchamps Formula I Race Track calls this forest town home. With advance notice, you can even live out your childhood fantasy of becoming a formula 1 driver and take a spin on the track.

 

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STAVELOT

This Ardenne village is most famous for its annual lent carnival. In the St. Sebastian church you can admire a 13th century reliquary of St. Remaclus.

 

MALMEDY

This charming town is set in a hollow surrounded by steep wooded hills. Continue to Reinhardstein castle, an imposing fortress resuscitated from its ruins according to 17th century drawings. At onetime the family Metternich was owner of this castle.

 

EUPEN.

This stretch of the N68 highway from Malmedy to Eupen is one of the most beautiful in Belgium, going right through the HAUTES FAGNES natural reserve. In the park the SIGNAL DE BOTRANGE marks the highest point in Belgium (2.277 ft).  On a clear day you can see as far as the city of Aachen in Germany from the top.

 

From Eupen you can go back to Liege or on to Brussels.

 

South East of Brussels: Luxembourg Province

Bouillon - Orval - Bastogne - Nadrin - La Roche en Ardennes

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BOUILLON

The city of Bouillon goes back to the first crusades when Godefroid of BOUILLON went to Jerusalem. To pay for the travel expenses he had to sell his castle, whose existence dates back to the 10th century, to the Prince Bishops of Liege. From one of the towers there is a sweeping view of the meandering Semois river .

 

The small city of Bouillon is a pleasant spot to stay and from where you can take lovely hiking trips in the beautiful forests all around.

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ORVAL

This Benedictine abbey was founded in 1070, and later, during the 12th century, it became one of the most famous Cistercian monasteries in Europe. The monks still brew beer and make their own cheese today.

 

BASTOGNE

It was here that the Germans made a last attempt at an offensive with Antwerp as their target. The allies rebuffed the attack in one of the bloodiest battles of the war known as the Battle of the Bulge. The MARDASSON is the monument honoring the American soldiers who fought and died here.

 

NADRIN & La Roche en Ardennes

Two pleasant holiday villages in the Belgian Ardennes with great inns and delicious restaurants.

 

 

A Belgian Beer Route

Brussels - Chimay - Dinant - Maredsous - Rochefort

Destination 1: Brussels
Spend the day café hopping in Europe's capital. Begin on the Grand Place, then work your way to Halles St. Gerý. End at À La Mort Subite (At The Sudden Death), named after a game some of the regular patrons played when the brasserie first opened in 1910.


Throughout the day, you may notice a number of non-descript alleys. Take a moment and walk down one... you may discover your favorite brasserie hiding there!

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Destination 2: Chimay
The city of Chimay is located at the edge of the Hautes Fagnes. Nature lovers will enjoy the trails through the forest or across the country. But the highlight of the day will be the Abbey Notre-Dame de Scourmont, where the trappist monks have been producing their famous beer and cheese since 1862.

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Chimay Trappist Abbey

The Historical Center of Chimay

Castle of the Princes of Chimay

Suggestion: Stop by Charleroi on your way to Chimay. The city is right along the route, making it a great place to do some sightseeing while you stretch your legs.
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Destination 3: Dinant and the Maredsous Abbey
A short trip from Brussels is Dinant, birthplace of the saxophone. This picturesque town is boxed between the Meuse River on one side and a cliff on the other. Next to Dinant, you'll find the lush grounds of the Maredsous Abbey founded in 1872, which produces three kinds of beers, a blonde, brune and triple.

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Destination 4: Rochefort
The Val de Lesse region is known for its exceptional nature, with forests, rivers, castles and caves waiting to be explored by foot, bike or even on horseback. However, for the beer connoisseur, you'll want to tour the grounds of the Rochefort Trappist Abbey.

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Suggestion: On your way back to Brussels, take some time to stop in Namur, the regional capital of French-speaking Belgium. Take a Stroll through the historical heart of this romantic city, located where the Sambre and the Meuse Rivers converge.

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From Brussels To Liege

Day 1 -  Brussels (Pick a themed walking tour of Brussels)

Day 2 - Liege (Train: 1 hour or Highway E40: 61 miles)

If this is your first trip to Liege, click here for a list of the Must Sees of Liege.

 

 

Liege - the Hidden city

Visit Liege like a local by taking a stroll along Rue St. Gilles, a long street lined with shops. Or wander through the "Carre" district, an extensive quarter of pedestrian streets near the Cathedral. By day, this neighborhood is bustling with shoppers browsing the trendy boutiques for the latest fashions. By night, Le Carre becomes the place to be for nightlife in Liege. Many of the best shops in town are located in 18th century mansions with stone facades and wooden floors that have been carefully restored to their original state. To enjoy a stunning view of the city take the picturesque "Sentier des Coteaux". Don't forget to check the splendid Opera house and to browse through some of Belgian's best bookshops.

The Place Saint-Lambert is one of Liege's main areas where people meet up and hang out. It was landscaped by the architect Paul Strebelle. On the east side of the square look for modern buildings, each of one in a different color and done in a different style. The Square and its district is also refered to as the "Ilot Saint Michel" and is sure to become a masterpiece of modern Belgian architecture.


Above the street level, there is a series of secret gardens . They look semi-private, so you will have to go through a half-closed gate, climb steps and cross a bridge to reach a strange elevated garden that looks down on the old brick houses around Saint Croix Church. Sounds like a secret missions, but it's worth the effort!

 


Castles, Gardens and Charming Villages

Brussels - Dinant - Lavaux St. Anne - Grottes de Han - Rochefort - Marche en Famenne - Modave - Huy - Namur - Brussels (142 miles)

map_iti_4.gif (16577 bytes)Lavaux-St-Anne: Take the N94 to Lavaux-St-Anne, a hunting castle now a museum of Hunting, Game, Falconry and Nature.

 

Han sur Lesse and the Grottes de Han (N86 left at Lavaux-St-Anne) - A giant calcareous cave cut out by the Lesse river some 10km long can be visited. One of the rooms called, Chamber of Wonders, has the mysterious magic of a crystalpalace.Rochefort - Charming town on the Ourthe river is fishing hiking and biking paradise.

 

Marche en Famenne to Durbuy - Stay on N86, beautiful road to Durbuy which is another charming small town ideal for fishing, walking, biking. Take N641 to Modave castle.

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Modave Castle - Begun in the 13thcentury the Count of Marchinrestored it in the 17thcentury to its present glory. Beautiful inside and outside. Lovely views of Hoyoux valley.

 

Huy - Continue on N641 to Huy. The collegiate church in flamboyant gothic style was finished in the 15th century and is famous for its rosewindow 30ft in diameter. Alsovisit the treasury with a richcollection of Mosan gold and silver and two magnificent reliquaries from the 12th and 13th century.

 

Take the N 643 to E411 back to Brussels