Forget the hackneyed reputation, Belgium has riches to rival its more celebrated European neighbours, with century after century of exquisite art, world-changing historical sites and some of the finest bars you’ll find anywhere. Whether visiting the sombre Menin Gate memorial; exploring Mons, the 2015 Capital of Culture; or soaking up creative Belgium from Bruegel to Brel, use our map of Belgium below to plan your trip.
Boasting more than 150 breweries, Belgium is the place to be if you’re a beer lover. Try Rochefort, produced in the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy, or brave the strong Bush Beer in Pipaix. You can’t miss the Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts in Brussels for the country’s best galleries, or wander around the Musée Hergé in Louvain-la-Neuve, which celebrates the life and works of the famous creator of Tintin. If it’s beaches you’re after, the sandy stretch of Ostend, ‘The City on the Sea’, also offers top seafood restaurants.