Belgium is perhaps the world’s most fascinating place with three official languages and intense rivalry between the Flemish-speaking north and the French-speaking south.
The place is fully packed with Historical sights. Its medieval streets with architectural uniqueness attract travelers in large number. Belgium is the name that has been recorded in History books, due to its association with Battle of Waterloo, World War 1 and World War 2. This is certainly a perfect place for curious historians to dig more information about Past events.
Let’s check out famous sites to be visited when in Belgium:
- Grand place
The Grand place is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is considered as the most beautiful square in Europe. The place showcases the Belgium architecture with typical steeple-roofed shape Gothic Guild houses.
The place was originally built as a merchant market in the 13th century which later served as a city center to enjoy Belgian Hospitality.
The Grand place offers many terrace cafes with great ambiance; it also features daily flower market, flower carpet, and events throughout the year.
The first building one notices while entering the Grand Place is the gothic town hall, which also dates back to the 13th century. The oldest part of the Townhall is the East wing. The exterior is decorated with statues that represent saints and nobles. The facade features needle-like crooked spire which is 315 feet in height and is topped by the archangel St. Michael.
- Royal Palace (Palais Royal)
This palace is the official home to the Belgian King. However, it is not used as a royal residence, as the king and his family live in the Royal Palace of Laeken. To know whether the King is in the country or not one can see the Belgian flag flying on the top of the building. The building showcases Neo-Classical architecture and overlooks Brussels Park.
It is open to the public during summer.
It is the Small hill in Brussels, where lies the remains of Palace of Coudenberg, which was the main residence of Charles V.
The remains of the Ancient Palace and adjacent buildings have been excavated below ground level. It can be visited via Bellevue museum, which showcases few excellent antique artifacts. It also shows Coudenberg excavation History and archaeological discoveries made in the past.
- Manneken Pis
Manneken Pis is the famous statue of a little boy peeing in the fountain. This bronze structure was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder and was placed in 1618.
The statue is dressed in different costumes several times a week. A wardrobe of Manneken Pis can be seen at City Museum, in Grand place.
- Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
It is a Glazed shopping arcade that dates back to 19th century. The gallery consists of two major sections, each more than 100 meters in length and a smaller side gallery. It features cafés, Theatres, and luxury stores. This arcade is not less than the famous shopping arcades of Milan and St. Petersburg. Galerie de la Reine, du Roi and du Prince are must visit among all.
- Semios valley
Semois is the river that rises from the southeast corner of Belgium and flows through Plain of Gaume and Tintigny. It cuts through thick forest-clad hills and is considered best place for hiking by tourists.
The steep flanks of the Semois Valley at times approach the river so closely that the roads are often high above the edge. A trip here is best done on foot or by boat to see the finest parts of the landscape.
Waterloo is the place where Napoleon was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition. Today it has emerged as a landscape of agricultural fields, where one may see a lion sculpture atop the summit which commemorates the day when Napoleon’s army was stopped.
- Mechelen old town
Mechelen old Town in Burges is a great place to capture the perception of Medieval Belgium and its architecture. It is a center of Flemish arts, fascinating heritage and fabulous architecture, and also home to the Royal Carillon School of Jef Denyn. It also features a town hall and Lakenhall.
- Mons old town
Mons is one of the fascinating towns in Belgium. The town has multiple attractions to visit for example The UNESCO-listed bell tower, Chapel of St. George (1604), Church of Sainte-Waudru Belfry, Water machine, Waux Hall, Art Square, red well, Valenciennois tower.
- Ghent Gravensteen
Gravensteen is a huge castle in Ghent which was originated in middle ages. It was modeled after the crusader’s castles that Philip of Alsace encountered while he participated in the second crusade. The roof of the castle gives an awestruck panoramic view of the town.
- Battlefields of Flanders
It is the place where battlefield of Flanders was fought. This place is not only famous historically but also is considered a major pilgrimage site. The area is scattered with vast cemeteries of the thousands of soldiers who died here. The cemeteries are the solemn reminders of the brutal war that took place here.
Atomium is the building that was built for the 1958 world fair, Expo 58 in Brussels. it stands 102 m tall and Its nine 18 m diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. It also hosts a museum and is serves as a venue for special events.