Once victims of their own success, Belgian tourist spots emptied by coronavirus; Clement Rossignol, Christian Levaux & Bart Biesemans; Reuters

Belgium’s historic city centres of Bruges and Brussels, usually so busy with visitors that authorities have considered limiting tourists, are facing an unprecedented challenge as the coronavirus pandemic cuts tourism to zero, officials say. Unlike other top European tourism spots such as Paris and Amsterdam, UNESCO world heritage site Bruges is almost totally reliant on its eight million visitors a year, who bring in 750 million euros annually.

Source: Once victims of their own success, Belgian tourist spots emptied by coronavirus

Plantin-Moretus Museum Marks Famous Printer’s 500th Birthday; Rebecca Rego Barry; Fine Books Magazine

Christophe Plantin, born 500 years ago this May, was one of the most important printer-publishers of his time. To honor the occasion, Antwerp’s Plantin-Moretus Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has planned a series of festive projects and exhibitions to run through 2020.

Source: Plantin-Moretus Museum Marks Famous Printer’s 500th Birthday

The Ambitious Plan to Digitize 100,000 Historic Texts in Belgium; Matthew Taub; Atlas Obscura

Two major Antwerp institutions are putting some of their voluminous holdings in the cloud.

Source: The Ambitious Plan to Digitize 100,000 Historic Texts in Belgium

The Best Hotels In Brussels; Guy Martin; Forbes


Brussels real estate is at an all-time high, although EU-weary Brussels real estate agents are busily strapping on their parachutes as they await the giant explosion of the bubble. But, never mind: The food is spectacular, the beer legendary, and the ambience of this fine old city is unbeatable.

Source: The Best Hotels In Brussels

Hong Kong couple’s 13 Unesco sites in a day a world record; Kate Whitehead; SCMP

Paul Niel and Esther Röling had to use public transport and follow certain rules, but smashed the record for most Unesco World Heritage Sites visited in 24 hours, and the 12-hour record too.

Source: Hong Kong couple’s 13 Unesco sites in a day a world record

5 Must-Visit European Christmas Markets; Charlie Shapiro; Asia Tatler

From quaint celebrations set in Unesco World Heritage sites, to massive fairs complete with rides, these European Christmas markets are packed with local culture and character…

Source: 5 Must-Visit European Christmas Markets

15 best places to visit in Belgium (inc. underrated cities); Rebecca Sharp; Hostelworld

Wondering what the best places to visit in Belgium are? Here are Rebecca Sharp’s TOP 15 spots. From exploring underrated cities to adventures in ancient forests.

Source: 15 best places to visit in Belgium (inc. underrated cities) – Hostelworld

Concert of the Carillon Ghent; Bennie de Meulemeester; Spotted by Locals

Ghent’s carillon plays music every 15 minutes from the belfry chosen by vote every 2 years. This is Unesco-World-Heritage music, and Bennie de Meulemeester is proud of it!

Source: Concert of the Carillon Ghent | Spotted by Locals

A Visit to Belgium’s Wondrous Art Nouveau Museum; Joseph Nechvatal; HyperAllergic

Victor Horta, like many architects at the turn of the century, wanted to eliminate the distinction between major and minor arts by creating immersive environments.

Source: A Visit to Belgium’s Wondrous Art Nouveau Museum

Visit Brussels: Belgian destination is well-worth your travel budget; Gulf News

Here’s what you need to explore on your visit to Brussels in Belgium…

Source: Visit Brussels: Belgian destination is well-worth your travel budget

JET, SET, GO!; Rashi Sen; TTN Worldwide

WHETHER it be during the summer season or the upcoming Eid Al Adha holidays next month, expatriates and locals alike look for…

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Brussels: On the trail of Art Nouveau, waffles and Tintin; Sujoy Dhar; Indiablooms

BRUSSELS is often overlooked as the city of some serious diplomatic business. But if you explore beyond the city’s European Union tag, you unravel a Brussels which is the birthplace of the Art Nouveau architecture, the comic strips of Tintin and yes, it is also famous for its toothsome varieties of Belgian waffles and chocolates. Sujoy Dhar discovers all that and more in a little over 48 hours in a year the city marks 30 years of the Brussels Region and 150 years of the Brussels tram…

Source: Brussels: On the trail of Art Nouveau, waffles and Tintin | Indiablooms – First Portal on Digital News Management

Bruges : Belgium’s link to the past and bridge to the future; Bob Taylor; CDN

With picturesque medieval buildings nestled among its lace-lined placid canals, Bruges, meaning “bridge” is captivating. A bridge that links past and future…

Source: Bruges : Belgium’s link to the past and bridge to the future

A Local’s Guide to Things to do in Bruges; Sam Van Den Haute; The Planet D

Belgium travel writer Sam Van den Haute shares the very best things to do in Bruges, Belgium. There’s more to Bruges than just a day trip from Brussels…

Source: A Local’s Guide to Things to do in Bruges | The Planet D

The World’s Most Beautiful Flower Carpets; Sharon McDonnell; Architectural Digest

From a harvest festival in India to a Catholic feast in Italy, here are the planet’s most eye-catching—and fleeting—displays of flower power…

Source: The World’s Most Beautiful Flower Carpets

Belgium Beer Tour: A travel guide on where to go and what to drink; Andrew Marshall; Vancouver Sun

Andrew Marshall heads to Belgium and embarks on a beer journey through the historic towns, cities and villages of the Flanders’ region.

Source: Belgium Beer Tour: A travel guide on where to go and what to drink

Restoration set for Antwerp Cathedral towers; Pheymont; Travel Gumbo

Landscape With Clear Waters Of Fish Vasilashko Lake, Pirin Mount

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‘The Venice of the North’ Beckons; Sandra Scott; Oswego County Today

Thinking of visiting Europe? Consider Bruges (Brugge in Dutch) this spring. It is a fairy-tale medieval town in the northwest of Belgium often referred to as “The Venice of the North.” Wandering…

Source: Sandra Scott Travels: ‘The Venice of the North’ Beckons

How to enjoy the perfect winter day in Antwerp?; Spotted by Locals blog

There’s plenty to see and do this winter in Antwerp. Too many choices? Here’s a great checklist to make the most out of your winter day in Antwerp! 9 am

Source: How to enjoy the perfect winter day in Antwerp? | Spotted by Locals blog

14 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Belgium; Jess Lee; PlanetWare

Source: 14 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Belgium | PlanetWare