In these tough times when travel seems to be a distant dream, we feel you must be missing all travels and roaming the streets, trying all the food, feeling the wind in your hair and sunshine on your face in the cold. And therefore, virtual travel with visual itineraries is here!
Belgium is vast in terms of history and culture. Therefore, we created a visual itinerary for you covering 4 of the most iconic cities across Belgium – Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, and Antwerp.
Your goal would be two cover 2 cities per day. Ready for the challenge?
Here you go:
Bruges – Things to do
Belfry of Bruges
More than just a bell tower, Belfry of Bruges represents a new dimension of medieval. Established in 1240, Belfry of Bruges is located in the centre of the town. One of the UNESCO world heritage site of the historic centre of Bruges, the peculiar thing about this tourist attraction is its 48 bells, each weighing from 2 to 11,000 pounds.
Address: Markt 7, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Timings: 9:30am to 6pm
Right by the Belfry tower, Markt is the largest marketplace in Bruges, and is home to medieval festivals, tournaments, and events. Other than the ‘tower’, Markt has the Cloth Hall, which is an ancient monument from medieval times. Everything from food to decors to local souvenirs can be sourced from here.
Address: Markt 20, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Timings: Open 24 hours
Boat tour Brugge
Sailing through the canals, Boat tours in Bruges give you a glimpse into the cultural painting of Belgium. There are multiple boat tour agencies but we recommend you to go for a 30-minute boat tour, which is quick and informative about the highlights of the city.
Where to find one: Many places by the canal in central Bruges.
Ghent – Things to do
The typical picture of the European architectural history, Gravensteen is among the most beautiful monuments in Europe. A medieval castle from the 1100s era, Gravensteen used to be the residence of the Court of Flanders. Later on, it went through many changes being a court, a prison, a mint and even a cotton factory.
Address: Sint-Veerleplein 11, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Timings: 10am to 6pm
Ticket Price: €6.00
Located in the heart of the city, Korenmarkt is the place for those who live by heart. The town centre sees markets, cafes, restaurants all around. Korenmarkt is ideal if your idea of travelling is talking comfortable halts. Plus, you can buy so many local items here.
Address: Korenmarkt 18, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Timings: Open 24 hours
Saint Bavo’s Cathedral
The horizonless peak of this monument dates back to 942 AD, which makes it one of the oldest monuments in Belgium. A masterpiece crafted out of 4 different architectural styles, Saint Bavo’s reflects construction techniques composed of Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque and Barbantine Gothic style architecture.
Address: Sint-Baafsplein, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Timings: 8:30am to 5pm
Ticket Price: €4.00
Brussels – Things to do
In the centre of the city lies this lovely town centre surrounded by artsy guildhalls. Aesthetic, lit, and always flocked by tourists from across the world, this place is best visited by the last quarter. Some of the seasonal attractions here are the Christmas Tree, the Flower Carpet, the Ommegang and few more.
Address: Central Square, Brussels
Now this could be funny for some, but art for others. Manneken Pis is a bronze statue of a naked boy taking a pee. But wait till you get to know about its origins. Designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder in 1600s, the statue is indeed a witty representation of the iconoclast winds of Brussels.
Address: 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Can’t wait for the Europe trip? How about a mini trip first? Head straight to the Mini-Europe, which is a miniature version of the continent of Europe. The version fits in smaller forms of about 80 European cities and 350 significant monuments.
Address: 1020 Brussels, Belgium
Timings: 9:30am to 7pm
Ticket Price: €11.80 – 34.50 (depending on the package you select)
Antwerp – Things to do
Museum aan de Stroom
The largest museum in Antwerp, Aan de Stroom is less of a museum and more of a place with different experiences. There are exhibitions themed around celebrations, visible storages, foods and their culinary journey, and a collection that describes Antwerp in a nutshell.
Address: Hanzestedenplaats 1, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Timings: 10am to 5pm, Monday closed.
Ticket Price: €2 – 10
Cathedral of our Lady Antwerp
Roman Catholic cathedral from 1521, this monument is the largest Gothic church in Antwerp.
Address:Groenplaats 21, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Ticket Price: €5
Something for the palate
Beer is an inseparable part of the Belgian experience. Just in case you feel the urge to try out a few from among 2000 different types of beer at the best beer cafe in town, head straight to Delirium Cafe.
Delirium Cafe address: Impasse de la Fidélité 4, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Maison Pierre Marcolini
Maison Pierre Marcolini is the face of the famous chocolate industry of Belgium, and it is right here in Brussels. Pick your favourite chocolates from this store. There are no better chocolate makers in the country, period
Address: 1 Rue des Minimes, 1000 Brussels
A common but outstanding street food in Belgium, Frites are Belgian fries topped with Mayonnaise. You could easily find them around the city, find the best at Café Georgette at 1000 Bruxelles.
Café Georgette address: Rue de la Fourche 37, 1000 Bruxelles
Sounds familiar? It should be because Belgium is know for its delicious waffles too. Different fillings tuck between grilled dough breads, waffle is a must-try in Belgium. Waffle Factory in Brussels serves arguably the best waffles in the city.
Waffle Factory address: Rue du Lombard 30, 1000 Bruxelles
Grey Shrimp Croquettes
The designated place for exposing your taste buds to this rich, seafood dish is Les Petits Oignons. Couple it with a glass of wine or beer to have the best experience.
Les Petits Oignons address: Rue de la Régence 25, 1000 Bruxelles