There’s nowhere quite like Belgium
Because Belgium is the birthplace of a painters movement called surrealism, it is sometimes called Europe’s most eccentric country. Yet it is centrally located in Europe, at the crossroads of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France.
Thanks to its geographical location, Belgium has become a key economic partner and transportation hub in the European Union. Belgium is also home to major political institutions, the European Union in the first place. Others, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the World Customs Organizations or the Energy Charter Secretariat have all established their headquarters here.
Quality of life in every aspect is of paramount importance to the Belgians: a socially corrected market economy, a vibrant participatory democracy with extensive devolution of political responsibility in favor of the regional and local institutions and a strong tradition of respect for individual human rights. In addition, and not to forget, Belgians are sensitive to fine food, designers’ clothes, flourishing arts and a sense for architecture and interior decoration.
The most enjoyable cities not to be missed are:
- ANTWERP: Built on the River Scheldt, Antwerp is the 2nd largest city in Belgium. It is home to one of the world's most important ports, is a leading diamond centre and the home of the Flemish painter Rubens.
- BRUGES: Nicknamed 'Venice of the North', Bruges is one of the most visited old towns of Europe, drawing in tourists from all over the world. Its magnificent canals provide a setting for unforgettable boat rides.
- BRUSSELS: Brussels is the capital of Belgium. It is known for its squares, monuments and magnificent museums. The impressive main square (Grand-Place) with the town hall and surroundings is one of the finest in the world.
- GHENT: Ghent, too, has some fine historical monuments, such as the medieval castle of the Counts of Flanders. The city hosts many research centers linked to its University, among which some are famous for their pioneering role in biotechnologies.
- LIEGE: The town of Liège sits proudly at the confluence of the rivers Meuse and Ourthe. It boasts several historical monuments, including the famous Palace of Prince-Bishops. Cradle of modern steel industry, its university is a center of technological engineering in air and space research.
- NAMUR: Bordering the river Meuse, Namur is set in a stunning valley landscape. Enjoy a tour of its citadel and the castles, abbeys and churches of the region.