Major Tourist Attractions: Manneken Pis, Atomium, Walibi Belgium, Plopsalad De Panne, Bobbejaanland
During the first World War when Germany invaded Belgium, marching right through this independent and non-threatening nation, literally blowing it to bits along the western front, much of the world referenced “poor little Belgium.” But Belgium has not always been, nor is it today, “poor little Belgium.”
With just 10 million people in a space about the size of Maryland, half speaking Dutch and half speaking French, Belgium has a great diversity of politics, religion and art. Here’s a fun example – the coveted Madonna & Child sculpted by Michelangelo in the 14th century resides in the same land as the Comic Strip Museum.
Prior to the Great War, Belgium was the third largest industrial power in the world and as a result the architecture and art that survived two world wars is alone worth a trip to this part of northern Europe. But the history is another reason people come to Belgium. North Americans are particularly passionate about the battlefields in Flanders and Bastogne, where the Allies in World War I and II respectively, fought to free this peaceful country. History is not confined to museums in Belgium. It is a part of the daily lives of its citizens.
Belgium is an easy country to get around in with great rail systems and easily walkable cities. For English speakers, most Belgians are at least conversant and very welcoming to visitors. Sit down and enjoy a world-famous Belgian beer and talk over life’s events with a local and you’ll leave feeling quite good indeed about conditions of the world.
Here are some of the other reasons that Belgium should soon become a part of your travel plans:
- Gaze upon the Ghent Altar Piece “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.”
- Take a bike ride through Flanders Fields.
- Pay your respects at the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres.
- Create a piece of art in the WWI commemorative project “Coming World, Remember Me.”
- Sample Belgian beer, lots of it.
- Laugh at the Comic Strip Museum in Brussels.
- Eat Mussles at Chez Leon in Brussels.
- Eat waffles at Max in Ghent.
- Climb inside the Atomic Model in Brussels.
- Stroll the Red Light District in Antwerp.
- Visit the Bastogne War Museum.
- Marvel at Michelangelo’s Madonna & Child in Bruges.
- Meet your Waterloo where Napoleon met his – in Waterloo Belgium.
- Sample fries at fritteries as often as you can in as many places as you can, trying as many sauces as you can.
- Find your style at the Antwerp Fashion Museum.
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