Sitting at the crossroads of Western Europe is Belgium, a land of striking contrasts, where historical landmarks blend seamlessly with modern architecture. A land united by boundaries, but subtly divided by language, where Dutch is the lingua franca of the flat northern area, while the hilly south speaks French. Some of the top things to do in Belgium are to visit the amazing medieval landmarks that the country is so famous for.
Most of these entrancing landmarks are located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of the country. Whether it’s picture-perfect, Bruges, historic Ghent, the capital Brussels, or fashionable Antwerp, be prepared to gasp in awe at some of the most amazing architecture. Medieval castles, step gabled houses, towering belfries, and enchanting market squares characterize this part of the land. Another activity that ranks high is exploring beautiful art galleries and world-class museums in different cities.
Possibly due to its location, Belgium has often found itself in the midst of chaos right from Roman times. Once referred to as the ‘Battlefield of Europe,’ Belgium has been the site of many battles, one of the most famous being Waterloo. Rows upon rows of white gravestones in Flanders are poignant reminders of the horrors unleashed on the country by the World Wars. Today, Belgium is one of the safest and most peaceful countries in the world.
Besides exploring Belgium’s rich past, another top thing to do is to indulge in its quirky present. Carnaval de Binche, a UNESCO-listed carnival has to be experienced to be understood, it’s the reason why the word ‘binge’ found its way to the English dictionary. Most visitors to Belgium have a favorite indulgence, Belgian chocolate, but chocolate is not the only thing that can add to your waistline here. Belgium is beer-paradise, the perfect place for a beer-guzzling aficionado.

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