In Belgium you can visit the interesting historical sites, including medieval towns and churches, hike through the hills and woods in lovely countryside or sample the fine food of the Country.
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Belgian Arts and Architecture
Brussels, the Capital City of Belgium, is a lively city and there is much to see. In the Upper Town visitors can see the Royal Museum of Fine Arts which has a vast collection of art ranging from early 15th century to present day including paintings, sculptures and drawings. There are works from Flemish artists such as Anthony van Dyck, Pieter Bruegel and Rogier van der Weyden and Rubens. The building was designed by Alphonse Balat and finished in 1887 and is a suburb work of architecture.
In the Lower Town of the City, you can see the Grand Place that has a lovely Town Hall and guild house. The buildings in the the Grand Place are a large variety of different architectural styles including Baroque and Gothic, and has been named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is one of the most admired squares in Europe.
The Lower Town has many narrow cobbled streets and alleys with little squares, retaining a lovely character, and you can see the churches, Ste-Jean-Baptiste au Beguinage and Ste-Catherine.
Brussels is well known for its quality restaurants, and there is a large choice of diverse restaurants and cafes in the city together with many different types of bars to drink in.
The City of Bruges, in the northwest of Belgium, is a very popular city to visit, with its coils of cobbled streets and little canals to explore. The main squares of the City are the Burg with its outstanding architecture, and the Markt, which has an impressive belfry dating from the 13th century with 48 bells. Bruges is full of medieval architecture and the City centre has been named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The medieval Church of our Lady that stands over 400ft tall with its brick spire is one of the tallest brick buildings in the world. In the transept you can see the Madonna and Child sculpted by Michelangelo.
The Groeninge Museum houses large collections of Flemish and Belgian paintings with works from artists such as Hieronymus Bosch and Jan van Eyck and the art ranges over six centuries. Among the collections are Baroque and Renaissance art, neo-classical, modernism, expressionism and modern art and the museum makes a fascinating visit.
Old St. John’s Hospital one of the oldest remaining hospital buildings in Europe, having been built in the 11th century. Travellers and pilgrims who were ill were looked after here in the Middle Ages. Later on, extensions of more wards were added in the 19th century. The Hans Memling Museum is held in the building, where you can see works by the Netherlandish artist, together with medical instruments and many other items.
The Belgian Landscape
In southern Belgium you can explore the Ardennes, a region that spans Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. The region has a rugged terrain with beautiful scenery. The Hautes Fagnes lies from Eupen to Malmedy and is covered with wild heathland, woods, and bogland, that you can hike across.
This plateau is a National Park with abundant wildlife, has the highest peak in Belgium, the Signal de Botrange, where you can look across the wonderful view of the area. that there is abundant wildlife.
Over to the west along Bouillon and Dinant, you can see canyons with dense woods and lush green covered tops, together and scenic river valleys. You can explore the many caves around places such as the Lesse Valleys and Meuse, and admire the stalactites and stalagmites left by rivers carving the limestone. You can also have take a boat, canoe or kayak along the River Lesse.
Han-sur-Lesse, is a hilly landscape with many caves. Here visitors can see the Grottes de Han which run for 8km, and there are tours that show you around part of the system of caves which includes the Salle du Trophee where the biggest stalagmite is, and the huge Salle de Dome where there is a lake. There is also a museum where you look at prehistoric items excavated from the area, along with Bronze age jewellery and weapons.
Belgian food is diverse and regional favourites vary, and there are also influences from Germany, France and the Netherlands. However, some of the nationally common foods include potato, leeks, cheese, asparagus and shrimp. Fries, potatoes cut in pieces and deep fried, are a common favourite here and are believed to have started in Belgium.
Fast food stands and restaurants, friteries, sell them either on their own or with many different sauces. A traditional way of eating them in Belgium is in a cardboard cone, wrapped in paper and covered with sauce. Frikandel or croquettes can be eaten with them. A mitraillette is a baguette sandwich of fries, sauce and meat. Mayonnaise and ketchup are popular with fries, but also sauces such as aioli, Sauce American, Hollandaise sauce and Bearnaise sauce. They are also enjoyed commonly with mussels which are also very popular in Belgium. Mussels are commonly cooked in butter, herbs and cream.
Trout with wine sauce, meatballs cooked in beer or tomato sauce and pork in tomato and tarragon sauce are some other favourites, and pate from Ardennes is very famous and made from beef, pork and liver.
Waffles are eaten all over Belgium and you can find waffle stands all over the country. They can be served with ingredients such as honey, jam, cream or chocolate. There are numerous patisseries selling many varietes of pastries which are popular in Belgium such as appelflap, puff pastry filled with diced apples and apple sauce.
Beer is the national favourite alcoholic drink and there are numerous varieties. Bars in Belgium sell a good variety of different beers. Jenever is a popular spirit and is made with juniper berries.
Visitors to Belgium can enjoy the abundance of historical towns and cities, enjoy the diverse cuisine and visit fascinating museums and galleries and always have a very interesting time.
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