Skipping Belgium is a rookie traveler mistake.
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!
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 the cobbled streets past medieval buildings and canals is a step into the past.
Haven’t yet heard of Leuven, Belgium? You’ll want to start booking tickets after you see our top 10 places to visit here.
Leuven is one of the hidden gems of Europe that more tourists have begun to uncover. Its historic centre has proven to be one of the most beautiful in Belgium and its Catholic university is the oldest in the world, having been founded in 1425.
The city has a rare blend of energetic youth – due to its 35,000 students enrolled in the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – mixed with its rich history. There is much that appeals to both old and young, from lively nightlife to stunning historic sites like St Peter’s Church and Castle Arenberg. Learn more about the best things to do in Leuven…
1. See the iconic Stadhuis
A while ago I took my mom to Mechelen, a city here in Belgium, for a day. As it had been a while since I’d last been there, I do as I often do: I drafted up an itinerary with the most important things to do in Mechelen. Then I thought it would be a shame not to share the list with you guys. I mean, you could easily use it to plan your own day trip to Mechelen, right?
So here goes.
THINGS TO DO IN MECHELEN
1. VISIT THE GRAND PLACE WITH CITY HALL
Mechelen’s city hall consists of the Palace of the Grand Council and a cloth hall with an unfinished belfry. The belfry was never finished because it depended on money coming in through the cloth industry, which started to struggle in the 14th century.
A bright red window dressed with dainty, white lace curtains. A window sill decorated with pots in vibrant colours and flowers, pretty and tender. An equally cheerful red front door. Warm and inviting, making the curious visitor even more curious.
Source: Clicks on the cobble
Every year the European Union designates two cities to be European Capitals of Culture for a year. This year, the honorees are Pilsen, Czech Republic, and Mons, a pretty medieval town in Belgium. To celebrate, several new cultural institutions have opened in Mons—here’s a look at what’s new and worth a trip for culture vultures.