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Belgium Things to Do

  • Manneken Pis

    3 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    I still wonder from were came the idea of building a fountain with the water streaming out a pipi, zizi or as used in Brussels and Brabant dialect a "pisellewiet" or "tichke". What we know is that according to documents from 15th c. there was at the same place already a stone statue called " Juliaenekensborre " or " ‘t Menneken Pist " supplying...

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  • Canal Boat Tours

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brugge Things to Do

    3rd (or maybe 4th) canal trip May 2015 Yes, it's touristy, but you are after all a tourist and you can't really leave Brugge until you've done a canal tour. Besides it's a good way to rest your feet for a 1/2 hour and you get a different perspective from the water than you do by walking. I think all of the canal trips are fairly similar, they all...

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  • Cathedral of Our Lady

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Antwerp Things to Do

    Considered the largest Gothic Cathedral in the lowlands, as it has been rebuilt over the 100's of years there are elements of renaissance, rococco and baroque in the architecture, as well as incredible carvings, as well as paintings by Rubens and many other world class artists. From the 9th to 12th century it was the site of a small chapel....

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  • Down on the Beach

    Oostende Things to Do

    Beaches aren't really my thing normally. I'm not the sort who wants to sit in the sun just to soak up rays for a day. But even I was quite taken by Oostende's Beach and seafront, which surprised me as I hadn't expected to be particularly impressed with what I knew to be a fairly modern seafront. It's true that there are a lot of tall blocks of...

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  • Castle of the Counts - Gravensteen

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Gent Things to Do

    Begun in the 12th century and expanded over time, this castle was the seat of the Counts of Flanders. Over the centuries, it functioned as a prison and as a cotton mill. Nowadays, it is open to visitors as a museum. It sits in the heart of old Ghent and provides the old city with its mediaeval charm.

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  • Menin Gate

    Ieper Things to Do

    We walked up to and through the archway, reading as we went some of the names of 55,000 British soldiers who died in uniform but have no known graves. As we did so we visulised and heard the scene we have watched so many times on film and TV - the daily salute of the Last Post played by a bugler of the local fire brigade band in tribute and...

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  • Planets path

    Saint-Vith Things to Do

    In Saint-Vith there is a path dedicated to the planets of our solar system. The path takes you along scale models of our planets. The distance between the sun and Pluto (who was still a 'planet' when the path was opened) is 3 kilometres (one way. You can either return the same way, or take some smaller side-roads back. 1 meter in the path...

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  • Atomium

    Brussels Things to Do

    If there's one symbol that stands for Brussels, a structure that can be recognised the world over, it's the Atomium. This is quite an achievement for something that was never built to last. Without the three support columns under the spheres, it would simply blow over in the first storm to pass over Belgium. It's crazy design was the brainchild of...

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  • Belfry Tower - Belfort

    Brugge Things to Do

    The Belfry of Bruges, or the Hall Tower, located on the Main Market of the Belgian city of Bruges. The Belfry of Bruges is included since December 4, 1999 in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The halls under the tower had a commercial function. They consisted of several rooms where every other craft products with host city were traded. On the second...

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  • Het Steen - National Maritime Museum

    Antwerp Things to Do

    Het Steen, literally "The Stone", is often referred to as The Castle but was originally one of the old city's fortified gates, dating from around the 12th century. The building attached to the gateway was used as a prison from 1300, or so, until about 1827. Under Charles V (circa 1520) it was rebuilt as a fortress with its commanding field of...

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  • St Petrus & Paulus Church

    Oostende Things to Do

    St Petrus and Paulus church is the main church in Ostend,during the war the stained glass was destroyed, so now the glass is modern showing St Peter and St Paul. The church is opposite the train station. You cant miss it if you arrive by train.

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  • St Bavo's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Gent Things to Do

    The mix of red brick and stone in the interior of Saint Bavo's Cathedral was a bit of a surprise for I had expected it to be entirely in stone, as most Gothic churches tend to be. Another observation is the lack of ornamentation, but this is less of a surprise given that Ghent underwent a turbulent period in the 16th century when iconclastic...

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  • Flanders Field Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Ieper Things to Do

    If you are very interested in history, this museum will tell you about what happen. Is really recommended to visit this museum Almost 100 years ago, the area around Ypres was the scene of dishes in the Flanders Fields and of the most devastating conflicts in history, now that the last witnesses have died, people, family and relatives to those who...

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  • Grand Place - Grote Markt

    Brussels Things to Do

    I would like to talk to you about Brussels city. You have to go there at least once in your life. I will explain to you why. Firstly, it's the capital of Belgium. And you should see the reason why Walloons and Flemish fight. Secondly, it's the capital of Europe. You should see the heart of Europe. Thirdly, we have such beautiful songs about our...

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  • Beguinage - Begijnhof

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brugge Things to Do

    The Beguines were a religious movement of single or widowed women who wanted to live in a pious way but outside the walls of a convent or monastery. So in many north Belgian and Dutch cities so called Begijnhofs were set up where these women lived and prayed. The one in Brugge is probably the most beautiful of these, but I can only compare it with...

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  • Zoo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Antwerp Things to Do

    I was suprised to see the Zoo so centrally located in Antwerp. The main entrance is literally outside the Centraal Station. It is the oldest animal park in the whole of Belgium and has been extended and altered throughout the years. The Zoo cost about 17 euros for a single adult ticket and discounts were given to students on showing their student...

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  • Fish Market

    Oostende Things to Do

    Here the fishing fleet of Ostend hold their fish auctions. Certainly worth a visit. Still today, fish is omnipresent in Oostende and one of the best reasons for a visit if your a fan of fresh seafood . Of course, there are the numerous restaurants dotted all along the seafront serving delicious fish meals on the menu . You can spend 3 to 6...

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  • St Nicholas Church

    Gent Things to Do

    Dedicated to Saint Nicholas, this Roman Catholic church is one of the most prominent landmarks in Ghent. It was completed in 1250 on the site of an older, smaller Romanesque-style church that burnt down in 1176. It was constructed using stones from Tournai in an architectural style known as Scheldt Gothic, unique in its superfluous use of turrets...

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  • Tyne Cot Cemetery

    Ieper Things to Do

    The largest military cemetery in the world with 12,000 gravestones and the 35,000 names of soldiers whose remains were never found inscribed in the circling wll of the cemetery. Some graves looked as though newly created and our guide explained that these killing fields still continue to yield up the lost. All human remains discovered are sent...

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  • Cathédrale of St. Michael and St. Gudula

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    In Brussels we use to call the Cathédrale St-Michel by the name of Sainte Gudule whose statue stands above an entry. During the 50 years I lived in Brussel, I always saw the cathedral with dirty dark grey stones, it's only when I left that they started cleaning and restoring the church outside and inside to make appear the colors of the Gobertange...

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  • Basilica of the Holy Blood

    Brugge Things to Do

    This is a wonderful old church claims to have a drop of blood from Jesus that was brought here, the site in Flemish will tell those who can read more http://www.holyblood.com/?page_id=58 The first historical record to mention the Holy Blood in Bruges dates from 1256. The real story seems to be that it came from Constantinople. Constantinople was...

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  • Red Light District

    Antwerp Things to Do

    This street was in the past used for prostitution.Now it is only allowed in 3 streets.Vingerlingstraat,shippersstraat and verversrui.In the Oudemanstraat it is not allowed anymore,they want to renovate the street and make it more attractive to live.Untill that happens artists make artworks of the houses.

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  • Harbour / Docks

    Oostende Things to Do

    Warm Wullocks anyone? No trip to Ostend is complete without a visit to the Visserskaai (Fishermen’s Quay) the town’s famed seafood quayside. Everyday summer and winter from early morning to evening, colourful stalls are set up and vendors sell prepared plates of cooked fish, seafood cocktails and bowls of streaming hot whelks.

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  • Belfry Tower

    Gent Things to Do

    Rising 91m in height, the Belfry of Ghent is the tallest among the 56 "Belfries of Belgium and France" on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was completed in 1380 and has survived largely intact with the exception of its spire, which was changed a few times since then, the last of which occurred in the early 20th century. The Gothic Belfry was...

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  • Cloth Hall - Lakenhalle

    Ieper Things to Do

    Lakenhalle is the Flemish Name for the Cloth Hall. The Hall is an astonishing size! When it was built, it was one of the largest commercial buildings of the Middle Ages, where it served as the main market and warehouse for the city's prosperous cloth industry. The original Cloth Hall was built in the 13th century and completed 1304, but was...

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  • Mini Europe

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    The Mini-Europe exhibition attempts to boil down the essence of Europe into a 24,000 meter square park filled with 350 scaled down buildings. It's detailed, accurate and big: with a 25:1 scale Big Ben is four meters tall, and the Eiffel tower as high as a three story building. There's a lot of little details, quite a bit of dynamic scenery,...

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  • Minnewater - Lake of Love

    Brugge Things to Do

    Getting out of the train station we walked through this nice green park. Minnewaterpark is full of small canals (it is actually an artificial lake that helped flood control during medieval era), birds (including some beautiful swans, by the way it’s interesting to know the first swans came here in 1448 by Maximilian of Austria) etc Minnewater...

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  • Central Station - Astridplein - Diamonds

    Antwerp Things to Do

    The Antwerpen Central Railway Station, or in Flemish "Antwerpen Centraal Station", is located in the Diamond District, which means that the Central Station is not quite centrally located, and it's definitely not the Center of the World - that title has been reserved for Perpignan's Central Railway Station. Now this may sound a little disappointing...

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  • Albert I Promenade

    Oostende Things to Do

    A walk along the Albert I Promenade is a must. After all, the fresh North Sea air is really why you came, right? Well, in my case, I came because I fell asleep on the train, but the fresh air was nice! The promenade was named after Belgium's third king, Albert I and stretches along the northern length of town. To the west of the Casino, the...

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  • Graslei

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Gent Things to Do

    In French, Graslei is known as le quai aux Herbes. It is a short street through the heart of Old Ghent on eastern bank of the River Lys (Leie in Dutch) with some of the city's most beautiful mediaeval architecture. In mediaeval times, Graslei was the port of Ghent and it was thus also an important trading spot resulting in the construction of...

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  • St Martins Cathedral & Monastery

    Ieper Things to Do

    This lovely Cathedral is nice outside and inside. During WW1, it was destroyed, but was rebuilt using many of the original material from the first Cathedral. Spread all over the Cathedral are decorations from different times which survived the destruction. Inside at the back of the Altar, were photo's of the Cathedral in ruins and being rebuilt. I...

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  • Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    It's a great honor and pleasure for a Brusseleir like me to read on VT that our Galeries Royales St Hubert are much appreciated (4 stars and 50 tips) by tourists. Personally I appreciated them because it is not raining inside but I fancied for the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan when I discovered the central octagonal space topped with a...

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  • Church of Our Lady - Onze Lieve...

    Brugge Things to Do

    Hughes gazed at the stately figures, the soothing reflection entered his mind that the day could not be far distant when his body would be mouldering in the dust beside theirs, and that the surcease from sorrow for which his heart craved would then be also his portion… (from Bruges-La-Morte) The church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) was high...

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  • Groenplaats - Green Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Antwerp Things to Do

    Until the 18th century, this was Antwerp's main cemetery. Then, while the city was under Austrian control, Emperor Joseph II ordered the cemetery re-located outside the city, whereupon the space became the central square. Hence the name "Groenplaats", which means "Green Square". In 1848, a statue of painter Peter-Paul Rubens was placed in the...

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  • Statues / Monuments

    Oostende Things to Do

    This statue of a reclining nude lady in the middle of busy Leopold II Laan and near the Leopold Park is officially called De Zee (The Sea), however, it has gained the perhaps less flattering nick name of Dikke Mathille (Fat Matilda). Until 1963 the statue adorned the Kursaal Casino nearby.

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  • Friday Market - Vrijdagmarkt

    Gent Things to Do

    The Ons Huis and Bond Moyson Buildings are probably due to their impressive Art Nouveau style my favourite buildings in Gent. They are linked to the Socialist Movement in Flanders and were built in the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. Most other buildings in the neighbourhood date back to the 18th century. The Ons Huis and Bon Moyson...

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  • Hill 62

    Ieper Things to Do

    Need to have a car if you like to come here, is out of town in Ypres Hill in the vicinity of Ypres '62 'Indicates that the hill is 62 meters above sea level, came in 1916 in German hands until Canadian troops conquer the hill Canadians members during this conquest large losses the monument at the top commemorates the fallen Canadian...

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  • Palais Royal de Bruxelles

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    The first King of the Belgians was actually a German, at least he was born in Coburg in what is now Germany. Back then it was a little king factory, a duchy that sent family members to be married into the royal houses all over Europe - including England. Prince Albert, the grandfather of the current Queen of England, is also from Coburg. The...

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  • City Center - Grote Markt

    Brugge Things to Do

    …deserted quays, and had now reached the Marketplace where the black and inscrutable Beffroi defied the rapidly encroaching darkness with its dial and gold-buckler (from Bruges-la-Morte) Grote Markt (Market Square) is the main square in Brugge and its commercial heart since the Middle Ages as this was the place that the market was held. Although...

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  • Sint Anna Pedestrian Tunnel

    Antwerp Things to Do

    Antwerp is one of the few European river cities which doesn't have any bridges. By all accounts the only time the river has been bridged was during the Spanish-Dutch war when the Spanish army built a set of connecting pontoons across the Scheldt. However that was as a trade blockade during the siege of the city, rather than a river crossing. For...

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  • Leopold Park

    Oostende Things to Do

    Leopold Park was designed by the architect Louis Fuchs and its construction took place over nine years, between 1861 and 1870. The park's first set of regulations, written in 1862, permitted free access to visitors but bizarrely locals had to pay to use it. This really is a pleasant little piece of colour in what can be quite a grey city and...

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  • Boat Ride

    Gent Things to Do

    Another 'must do' when in Gent! It was so nice to meet vt member Joplaboem (Erwin) in Gent. Without Erwin we would not have stopped here, let alone experience the things we did in a short period of time. Erwin mate.... you are a gem!! As I said, do not leave Gent unless you have done a canal trip. It is relaxing, entertaining and a nice way to...

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  • Ramparts & Casemates

    Ieper Things to Do

    Walls & water Ypres is a walled city surrounded by ramparts and ditches. In recent years much effort put into this wonderful heritage values ​​offers visitors and residents many recreational opportunities. It is good to stroll along ditches were giving a little cool during hot days, during the winter solitude (relative) locations...

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  • Parc du Cinquantenaire - Parc Jubel

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    Around 1850 the area of the Jubilee Park was a training ground for the Civil Guard. In 1875, architect Gédéon Bordiau drew the first plans of exhibition halls to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Belgian Kingdom (1830 -1880). The project was completed in 1910 and the Jubilee site received its present form: two wings, consisting of large...

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  • Stadhuis - Town Hall

    Brugge Things to Do

    One of the most fascinating buildings in Brugge is the Town Hall. This gothic building was constructed between 1376 and 1420; it was one of the first monumental town halls in the Low Countries and the oldest civil building in Belgium. At the front are six gothic windows surrounded by 48 statues representing royal and biblical figures. The original...

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