The small country of Belgium has much to offer visitors and not surprisingly, each year, it receives millions of tourists who are eager to explore its rich cultural history. Although Belgium tourism is more often the result of people coming from nearby countries, such as Netherlands, France and Germany, it does not negate the fact that there is much to see and do here for people who come from all over the world. The medieval towns are as popular here as the Renaissance architecture and the historical value of some of the gorgeous monuments such as Brussel’s Grand-Place or the Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent. However, more than anything else, Belgium is known best for its artisanal chocolate and with good reason too!
Belgium is bordered by France, Germany, Luxembourg and Netherlands. The country has a coastal plain, a central plateau and the Ardennes, a region of forests, rough terrain and rolling hills. Belgium is divided into three regions – the Flemish Region, Walloon Region and Brussels Capital Region.
Belgium has a marine climate with mild summers and moderate winters as the coast and the plain is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. In the Ardennes which are at a higher altitude, the climate tends to be more continental and summer might be unstable. Rainfall is frequent but not abundant and the coast is sunnier than the interiors.
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A typical Belgium tour begins with a visit to the capital city of Brussels, which is also the location of the European Union headquarters. In the middle of the city, the Grand-Place square is a stunning late medieval style square, a plaza that features several baroque guild houses, the opulent King’s House and the 15th century City Hall. One of the mainstays of Belgium tourism in Brussels is the dedication to comic-strip art, especially at the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, whose influence can be seen on the streets as murals.
Bruges has its own contributions towards Belgium tourism with its medieval buildings and cobbled streets and the famed Belfry. Antwerp’s Diamond District is a draw on its own while art lovers will be fascinated by the Cathedral of Our Lady that houses paintings by Rubens. Belgium tourism would be incomplete without a mention of Liege, a city in the Wallonia region that is famed for its sugar dusted waffles.
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