Enjoy Discovering Belgium!

Welcome to Discovering Belgium! This personal blog covers a wide variety of topics to help you explore this fascinating country. Its main focus is on the outdoors. For example, it contains over 200 country walks. Many of them are short, family-friendly walks (e.g. 5 to 8 km). Others are more demanding hikes up to 24 km. All are categorized per province.

The Geographical Arboretum in Tervuren

The posts here include directions to the starting point, public transport access, downloadable maps and GPX tracks, and points of interest along the way. There are also about 40 cycle routes, mainly in Flemish Brabant but some are in other provinces. All the routes are accompanied by photographs to inspire you to visit these places.

View from the Millennium Tower

Another focus area is on the nature of Belgium, such as a range of nature projects and recent nature news. Many of the projects are ideal to encourage children or grandchildren to connect with nature. Other categories are CastlesMuseums, or Parks & Gardens to visit in Belgium. Again, each article includes details of how to reach a location by public transport or car, what to see, where to go, opening hours, and links for further information.

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Five castles in Hainaut province

Under History you can find articles on a variety of topics delving into specific historical events or people. Flanders Fields covers events during the First World War in Belgium. In Remarkable Belgians you can discover life stories of some interesting Belgians. In My Belgium you can read the recommendations of some of Discovering Belgium’s readers. And there are a number of quizzes to test your general knowledge of Belgium, or on specific topics like Belgian beer or Belgian chocolate.

And don’t forget to check out “On This Day in Belgium“, a new page highlighting key events per day that have occurred in Belgium since the country was first established in 1830.

A good place to start looking for the information you need on Belgium is the tab “Where to”. Here you can choose the region you wish to explore – Flanders or Wallonia – and then select the individual province. You could also look at the map of all places which covers every location in Belgium mentioned on the blog. Otherwise, feel free to flick through the blog and read the various articles.

The See-Through Church in Borgloon

To find specific information, you could also use the Search Bar below. I’ve recently installed a new search facility which makes it easier and quicker to find what you are looking for.

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!

Comte de Flandre metro station
Comte de Flandre metro station, Brussels © Bob Anderson

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If you have a comment or question about this blog or an aspect of Belgium, you can always contact me. And if you find this site useful, feel free to buy me a coffee. Thanks! Denzil