Welcome to Discovering Belgium! This personal blog covers a wide variety of topics to help you explore this fascinating country. What can you find here? There are seven main topic areas:
- Over 200 country walks. These vary from short, family-friendly walks (e.g. 5 to 8 km) to more demanding hikes (up to 24 km). All are categorized per province and include directions to the starting point, public transport access, downloadable maps and GPX tracks, and points of interest along the way.
- Belgium’s passion for cycling transcends mere recreation – it’s deeply ingrained in the national culture. The country’s undulating landscapes and cobbled roads serve as the backdrop for prestigious races like the Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Belgium’s cycling history is studded with legendary figures like Eddy Merckx. Here you can find some articles on Belgian cycling, with some of my own cycling routes.
- History where you can find articles on a variety of topics relating to Belgium. I have a special interest in the First World War; this comprehensive resource page on the First World War is a good place to start. In Remarkable Belgians you can discover life stories of some interesting Belgians. And don’t forget to check out “On This Day in Belgium“, a page that highlights key events per day that have occurred in Belgium since the country was first established in 1830.
- Belgium has produced many influential and famous artists, ranging from Jan van Eyck and Pieter Bruegel through to René Magritte and James Ensor. They created works that ranged from realistic to surreal, from religious to political, from classical to modern. Check out my posts on Belgian art.
- If you like visiting museums, you’ll be in heaven in Belgium as there are so many excellent ones to visit. Here you can find a small personal selection of some museums in Belgium, including those suitable for children.
- A number of quizzes will test your general knowledge of Belgium, or on specific topics like Belgian beer, Belgian football, Belgian chocolate, or the Belgian monarchy.
- The nature of Belgium, including recent news and nature reserves to visit in the country, which may be small, but has a rich and diverse natural heritage. It has many parks, forests, lakes, rivers, caves, and nature reserves to visit.
If you head over to the Where to? page you can find all locations mentioned per region (Flanders or Wallonia) and then per province. You can also find information on cities & towns: ideas to explore wonderful cities like Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels, Mechelen or Leuven, or smaller towns like Ypres, Dinant, Tielt, Diest or Ostend. Finally, you can find all places mentioned on this blog in an easily accessible map.
I hope you find this blog useful and interesting. And that you enjoy Discovering Belgium, whether you are here for a few days or many decades!
If you have a comment or question about this blog or an aspect of Belgium, you can always contact me. Denzil
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