Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a sovereign state in Western Europe. The capital and largest city are Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi and Liège.
Belgium may be small but it's packed full of sights. UNESCO-acclaimed sites in the capital city of Brussels range from 14th-century guildhalls surrounding the elegant Grand Place to the early 20th-century Art Nouveau townhouses of Victor Horta. Bruges is a major attraction for tourists, with its perfectly-preserved medieval streets rimming tranquil canals that lure flocks of travellers each year. But plenty of other towns in the country - particularly Ghent and Mechelen - retain excellent architectural examples from the Middle Ages as well. This small nation has been right at the forefront of Europe's history, with many of the continent's most important events played out across its countryside. It was in Belgium that Napoleon met his match at the battle of Waterloo, and during both the First and Second World Wars, Belgium found itself thrust into the frontline. World War I battlefields of Ypres are now important pilgrimage sites that are among the most popular places to visit in Belgium. Whether you're here for the ancient or modern history, Belgium provides a huge chunk of European heritage within a bite-sized piece of land.
- Grand Place, Brussels
- The Canals and Belfry of Bruges
- The Battlefields of Flanders
- Ghent's Gravensteen and Old Town
- Horta Museum and Town Houses
- Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Ghent
- Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges
- Grand Place (Grote Markt), Antwerp
- Meuse Valley
- Mons Old Town
- St. Peter's Church, Leuven
- Mechelen Old Town
- Semois Valley