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Go big in little Belgium
If you are a “bon vivant”, Belgium is undoubtedly the country for you. You can easily travel by train throughout the whole country, which invites for spontaneous excursions whenever it fits your schedule. Here you can enjoy the best of what the world has to offer, waffles and Belgian chocolate, cherry beer, even fashion and design. Belgium is a country rich in well-preserved history and fantastic natural areas.
Refreshing sea breeze at the northern coast
In the Flemish region in the north you will find that the people are speaking Dutch, and this is where you can find the 31-mile-long coastal strip that borders the North Sea. Here you will be able to relax and breathe the fresh air, maybe even go for a swim in the chilling water at one of the coastline’s 13 seaside resorts. Ostend, one of the coastal towns has a large selection of fish restaurants where you can eat Moule Frites (mussels with French fries) to which you can enjoy one of their local beers. Not far away from the coast you will find the small but famous town of Bruges, a romantic, picturesque town with small alleys, a chocolate museum and Michelin restaurants. A boat trip along the canal is to recommend as you will be able to see different historical sites and buildings that you would not see as a pedestrian.
Fashion and waffles in Belgium
Once you have had enough with sea breezes and fishing boats and are ready for new adventures, you can easily take the train to the international fashion city of Antwerp. “Slow Fashion” is the keyword here and it culminates in concepts such as sustainable fashion, authenticity and haute couture in combination with convenience and simplicity. Just as easily you will later travel to Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Here you will find the most of what a big city can offer, with everything from art exhibitions to colourful drinks and chocolate covered Belgian waffles.
Mountains in the south
The Ardennes is a beautiful mountain region covered by green forests in the French-speaking part of south-east Belgium that extends beyond the border to France and Luxembourg. Here you can enjoy many hiking trails with different difficulties and along some of the hikes you will also find some historical buildings. If you have an interest in architecture, don’t miss out on a visit to the town of Mons, here you can take a walk at the charming alleys that are dating back to the Middle Ages and are contributing to a lovely atmosphere. If you continue to the eastern parts of the country, not far from the German-speaking part you will find the town of Spa. As you might suspect, it has a lot to do with what we associate with the word today. During the 1300s, the city of Spa was one of the most important spas, thanks to the mineral-based heat sources found there. The mineral water is still widely known and is still being bottled. In recent years, the city has become a centre for Formula One where the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps racing track is located.
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