Regions in Belgium
Belgium consists of three regions, listed from north to south:
The Dutch-speaking region in the north of the country. It includes well-known cities such as Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges.
The bilingual region of the country’s capital and seat of the EU.
The French-speaking region in the south, which includes a small German-speaking region in the east, near the German border.
Cities in Belgium
Belgium has a very high urbanisation rate and has an amazing number of cities for such a small area.
- Brussels – capital of Belgium and unofficial capital of the EU. Historical centre of Nice and several museums of interest. One of the most multicultural cities in Europe.
- Antwerp – the second largest city in Belgium with its huge cathedral, medieval streets and artistic heritage, and a great place for fashion.
- Bruges – one of the richest cities in Europe in the 14th century, is a tourist city, but still very authentic, medieval and quiet at night, with small guesthouses and family-run businesses that far outnumber the hotel chains.
- Ghent – once one of the largest cities in Europe, now a perfect blend of Antwerp and Bruges: a welcoming city with canals, but with a rich history and a vibrant student body.
- Leuven – a small city dominated by one of the oldest universities in Europe. A beautiful historical centre and a lively nightlife.
- Liège – the second largest city in Wallonia, situated on a wide river, an industrial cityscape with hiking and recreation spots in the nearby hills, it has a very strong and independent character and an exciting nightlife.
- Mechelen – a small medieval town with a beautiful historic quarter around the cathedral.
- Mons – Mons has had the exceptional privilege of having three sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and one event inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
- Namur – capital of Wallonia, at the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers with the Citadel.
Other destinations in Belgium
- The Ardennes – the most sparsely populated region in the Benelux, a region of hilly, wooded landscape.
- Dinant – small town in a breathtaking natural setting, a popular place for adventure sports such as canoeing and climbing, especially worth visiting in winter
- Fondry des Chiens
- Pajottenland, also known as “Northern Tuscany”, is a green region west of Brussels, consisting of hills, meadows, small villages and castles. It is the home of Gueuze beer and is well worth a visit. It is ideal for hiking, cycling and horse riding.
- Spa – the hot water treatments of the spa town that gave its name to all the world’s spas have attracted visitors for centuries.
- Ypres and its surrounding villages – the former military stronghold destroyed in the First World War is marked by memorials and cemeteries.