Bruges, our own little ‘Venice of the North’ is thought of to be THE Belgian city of romance. But have you visited Ghent? A highly cultural city with a lot of historical buildings and architectural wonders. At the same time, it has a contemporary and lively atmosphere.
► As it is easily reachable by train from Brussels, you’ll be in Ghent’s city centre in no time at all.
The combination of mighty forests and the impressing castle that towers over everything else makes the Walloon town of Bouillon a must-see. Bouillon, nicknamed “the pearl of the Semois” will provide you with overwhelming landscapes and a past full of tales and legends.
► 2 hours by car from Brussels.
David and Alice van Buuren’s villa is an art-deco gem. These days it serves as a museum, where the interior is as impressive as the exterior. Combine your visit with a walk through the opulent gardens.
► Easily accessible with the tram 3 and 4.
Walking or cycling through water? It has been made possible thanks to a road going straight through one of the large ponds at the park ‘De Wijers’. Because the water stays at eye-height, it creates a poetic view of the domain and is sure to provide a unique experience.
► 2 hours by train from Brussels, 1 hour 20 minutes by car.
This trek through an old industrial area is loaded with contrasts. Discover a world where time stood still and nature has won over machine. Revel in a kaleidoscope of colours applied by true urban artists.
► 1 hour by train from Brussels, 1 hour by car.
Are you familiar with the concept of a board game café? There are several located in Brussels. ‘Boardgame sommeliers’ will provide you with a quirky and fun afternoon. Thanks to a wide selection of local beers and soft drinks you certainly won’t get thirsty!
Mechelen is only 20 minutes away by train from Brussels. The charming town is an ideal location for a wonderful day out and about. Mechelen might be lesser known than other Flemish cities, it is still considered UNESCO world heritage and has more listed monuments than Bruges. An ideal destination for a romantic weekend.
► 20 min by train from Brussels, 20 min by car.
Everyone who wanders through the streets of Brussels will come across a comic book inspired mural sooner or later. But did you know Brussels sports no less than 60 of these murals, spread between the city centre and Laken? You can discover them all here:
Travel back to the time of our ancestors, the Gauls, in Malagne! In this wonderful archeological park, surrounded by nature, you can immerse yourself in the distant past. A fun and educational place, perfect for a day out with family and friends.
► 2h15 min by train from Brussels, 1h30 min by car.
The Japanese gardens in Hasselt are the largest in Europe. These gardens beg to be strolled through. You can contemplate and reach complete relaxation. Go for a walk, have a picknick or enjoy the sounds of waterfalls from a bench. Relaxation guaranteed!
► 1h30 min by train from Brussels, 1h20 min by car.