As one of Belgium’s oldest cities, Ghent was powerful and wealthy. Archaeological research has even proven that the earliest signs of human settlement in the Ghent area date back to prehistoric times.
Within the city were important historical moments including The Treaty of Ghent, signed December 24, 1814, which marked the end of the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain. The city has much to offer including Gravensteen, Ghent City Museum, and the city Belfry.
By the 14th Century, Bruges was one of the largest and most important cities in Northern Europe. Often referred to as the "Venice of the North", the canals and medieval architecture create a picturesque day trip from Brussels with plenty of things to see and do.
Medieval remains in the city include the Market Hall, Belfry Tower, and Town Hall. The Chapel of the Holy Blood contains the Chapel of St. Basil and a gold casket that is reputed to hold a few drops of Christ’s blood brought from the Holy Land in 1150.
Antwerp was one of Europe's richest and most inventive cities in the 1600s and 1700s, the Golden Age for Belgium and the Netherlands. Even today, the Antwerp residents are proud of their city earning the slogan “Second in size, first in ego.”
It is a progressive city that prides itself on tolerance and quality. Quality of their art, museums, goods, and people. Top Sites include The Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp, Museum aan de Stroom, Red Star Museum, and many more!
The War to End All War that consumed millions of men and women 1914-18 and turned the fertile fields of the Belgian province of Flanders into a vast sea of mud played out within earshot of Brussels. The battlefields and the numerous war graves, monuments and WWI museums are less than a two-hour train ride from the Belgian capital.
Take a guided tour of the infamous Ypres Salient or Passendale battlefields, or cycle around them before or after a visit to the magnificently restored medieval Cloth Hall in Ypres, which now houses the fascinating In Flanders Field Museum.
"My, my, at Waterloo Napoleon did NOT surrender!" Thanks to the attention of well-known Napoleonic War historians Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid (sometimes known collectively as Abba), most of the post-1970s generation labours under the apprehension that Napoleon threw in the towel on the battlefield of Waterloo following his defeat to the Duke of Wellington Marshall and Marshal Blücher.
Learn the truth on a visit to the Wellington Museum in Waterloo and the brilliantly evocative museum at the 1815 Memorial.