I just realized that I wrote a post about a handful of alternative things to do in Belgium before even covering the most popular and most recommended activities! This post will make up for that.
Top 10 Things to Do in Belgium
Taste Belgium’s Fabulous Food
Belgium is the country that gave the world fries and waffles but is also known for its endives and Brussels sprouts. Additionally, Belgian chocolates and Belgian beers are world-famous and are ranked among the world’s very best.
Visit Fascinating World Heritage Sites
Belgium is home to several amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most famous and popular are the Grand-Place in Brussels, the entire town center in Bruges, the belfries in medieval towns and cities and the Flemish béguinages.
Explore Historic Battlefields
A flat and almost completely unprotected country, Belgium used to be a popular meeting place among the armies of many a European power. This is why the country is filled with historic battlefields. The most famous are the Battlefield of Waterloo, Flanders Fields and Bastogne.
Bike Around the Countryside
Belgium, especially Flanders, is home to an almost perfectly flat countryside. A maze of signposted cycle paths makes it a wonderful place to explore on two wheels.
Browse the Diamond Shops and Fashion Stores in Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, is one of the world’s fashion capitals, on the same level of New York City and Milan. This is the hometown of the so-called Antwerp Six, a group of six world-renowned fashion designers who graduated from the city’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1980 and 1981. Add to that the fact that Antwerp is also the world’s diamond capital, with approximately 85% of the rough diamonds on the planet passing through the city each year, and you have a fantastic destination for fashionistas.
Get Outdoorsy in the Ardennes Forest
Rolling hills, picture-perfect villages, rivers and expansive forests make up the landscapes of the Ardennes, located in the southern part of the country. This region is excellent for a vacation back to nature. Popular things to do in the Ardennes are camping, fishing, kayaking, whitewater rafting and hiking.
Wander Around Medieval Towns and Cities
Belgium is chock-full with numerous historic towns and cities, all home to impressive squares lined with stepped-gabled row houses, and churches or cathedrals. The four largest cities—Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges—are the first places to start your stay in Belgium, but also make sure to visit one of more of the smaller towns, such Lier, Ypres, Namur, Dinant, Leuven and Mechelen.
Sunbathe on Kilometers-Long Beaches
Belgium’s North Sea coast is home to about 65 kilometers of wide sand beaches. This stunning stretch of coastline features gorgeous sand dunes, nature reserves, scenic coastal villages and a few lively harbor cities.
Visit Castles, Châteaux, Citadels, Fortresses and Palaces
Building strong fortresses, castles and citadels was the only way people could protect themselves from invading armies in medieval times. This is why Belgium is home to more strongholds per square mile (kilometer) than any other country in the world. 400 of about 3,000 castles, palaces and other fortresses can be visited.
Enjoy More Than One Belgian Beer
Another Belgian world record is the number of breweries. Belgium has the most breweries per capita of all countries on earth. Abbey beers, cherry beers and white wheat beers are among the most well-known Belgian beers. Typical of Belgian beers is the fact that every single beer has its very own specifically shaped glass in order to bring out the beer’s flavors in the best possible way.