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  • 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

    One of the best ways to see Brugge is on a 30 minute canal tour. You can pick up a canal boat at several departure points across the town and all cost 7 euros for the trip. (2013 prices). The boats all take the same route and this is a nice way to see the town from the canals. Commentary is in Dutch, French, English and German.

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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

    The Gravensteen Castle was built in the late 12th century by the count Philip of Alsace. The word Gravensteen is Dutch and stands for "Castle of the Counts", so the castle was the seat of the counts of Flanders until the 14th century. Afterwards it was used for several purposes such as a mint, a prison and even a cotton plant. Nowadays the castle...

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  • Menin Gate

    Ieper Things to Do

    The Menin Gate is by far the most prominent attraction in the city, with 54,000 names of missing Great War soldiers carved on its walls. Every evening at 8pm the war dead are remembered. Bugle players from the local fire brigade sound the Last Post, after which point wreaths of poppies are laid by servicemen and other members of the public. It can...

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  • Atomium

    Brussels Things to Do

    Built for the international exhibition of 1958, this imaginative construction is a museum, with displays in five of its nine spheres. As Eiffel tower in Paris, it became one of the symbols of the city, and the main attraction in a park with several other interesting elements.

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  • Belfry Tower - Belfort

    Brugge Things to Do

    After rewatching "In Bruges" where the belfry is the central focus of much of the movie we had to go to the top but unlike the movie you can't go up at night as we found out when we arrived at 4:30pm to find that we had missed the cutoff by 15 minutes. The sign says only 70 people are allowed at the top so it may be best to do this earlier in the...

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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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  • St Petrus & Paulus Church

    Oostende Things to Do

    If the Church is open then you should take a look inside! It's dark and full of atmosphere that defies the relative youth of this church (only just over 100 years old despite it's appearance). Come in the late afternoon and the sunlight coming through the stained glass windows makes a real show of colour for you to enjoy. The original stained...

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  • St Bavo's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Gent Things to Do

    Saint Bavo’s Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal) is a beautiful structure with so many things to see inside that you should think of it as a visit to a museum. The tower rising up in front is impressive, one of the three tower that dominates the city center (the others belong to Belfort and St.Nickolas church). The cathedral was built through many...

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  • St Martins Cathedral & Monastery

    Ieper Things to Do

    It is difficult to imagine today that this cathedral which has a very beautiful aspect, was entirely rebuilt after the end of WW I. I was very impressed by the elegance and great dimensions of the nave as one discovers it from the entry (photo 1). Others described here this Episcopal church of Gothic style which goes back to the 13th century. I...

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  • Grand Place - Grote Markt

    Brussels Things to Do

    I spent a week close to Grand Place, and that made me identify Brussels with this beautiful square, with the other images vanishing in my mind. When many years later I took my sons to Brussels, Grand Place and Atomium were, again, almost the exclusive attractions that we saw. But I like this square, and dislike the general city. In August there's...

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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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  • 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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  • 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

    The Belfry Tower (Belford) was erected in 1380 as a symbol of the self-governed and independent city of Gent. It was later also used as a treasury and watch tower. The Belfry is one of the three towers, which dominate the skyline of the historic city centre. The Brabant Gothic style tower is 91 metres tall and can be climbed for panoramic...

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  • Tyne Cot Cemetery

    Ieper Things to Do

    Several kilometres outside Ypres but this massive cemetery is a 'must visit' if you are interested in the Great War. It is the largest Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in the world and has almost 12,000 soldiers buried here. It was opened in 1927 on the site of a much smaller ad-hoc cemetery. The architecture is impressive, a vast arc'ing wall...

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  • Cathédrale St Michel & Gudule

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    In Brussels we are used 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...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Graslei

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Gent Things to Do

    One of the nicer parts of the historical center of Gent is the Graslei and Korenlei area along the river, at least when there's good weather. ;-) The river is lined by these lovely old buildings, and not much beats sitting outside, having a beer from one of the nearby cafes or bars. Of course, the people of Gent enjoy it, too, so you won't be...

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  • Flanders Field Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Ieper Things to Do

    I much recommend the special exhibition from 04.10.2014 till 04.01.2015 at the Cloth Hall, Royal Chamber: "The Battle of the IJzer and the First Battle of Ieper / Antony d’Ypres" Text from the IN FLANDERS FIELDS MUSEUM: "After two and a half months of waiting, the First World War finally arrives in the Westhoek.(Mid October 1914) Within a matter...

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  • Mini Europe

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    Located at the foot of the Atomium, Mini-Europe is the only park where you can have a whistlestop tour of Europe in a few short hours. A truly unique journey. We enjoyed a stroll taking in the typical atmosphere of the most beautiful towns of the old Continent. All in all, 350 models and sites with an unequalled level of craftsmanship. Situado a...

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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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  • Groenplaats - Green Square

    3.5 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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  • St Nicholas Church

    Gent Things to Do

    Together with the Belfry Tower and the Sint-Baafs Cathedral, the St. Nicholas' Church (Sint-Niklasskerk) belongs to the prominent three towers of Gent's historic city centre. The church was constructed in the 13th century in the local Scheldt Gothic style, which is characterised by the use of blue-gray stones from the Tournai...

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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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  • Palais Royal

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    The Royal Palace of Brussels is the official palace of the King and Queen of Belgium, but is not used as a royal residence anymore - the King and Queen now live at the Royal Palace of Laeken, about 5 kilometers outside the city center. Instead, the Royal Palace is where the King has his offices, and holds his official receptions and ceremonies......

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  • Michelangelo's Madonna with Child

    Brugge Things to Do

    The perfectly preserved medieval tower of Our Lady's Church is the highest tower with its 122 meters in Bruges and the second tallest brickwork tower in the world, following only the St. Martin's Church in Landshut, Germany. In the right wing chapel is the Carrara marble Madonna and Child by Michelangelo. This is the only one sculpture of the...

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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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  • 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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  • Cloth Hall - Lakenhalle

    Ieper Things to Do

    The ground floor of the belfry was used to keep the charters and the treasury of the city as well as a meeting room for the municipal magistrates. The second floor was an armoury and a prison. The upper floor was used by the watchman and houses the carillon, "Beiaard" in Flemish. It is known from the town archives that two bells were fixed in the...

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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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  • Basilica of the Holy Blood

    Brugge Things to Do

    Heilig-Bloedbasiliek (Basilica of the Holy Blood) was actually one of the few churches in Brugge that we managed to get inside! The church is popular and was very crowded inside so I couldn’t really enjoyed it with people pushing me everywhere. It’s a pity because I could see that it is a marvelous church consisting of 2 different chapels, the...

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  • Carolus Boromeus Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Antwerp Things to Do

    This typical baroque church was built by the Jesuits between 1615 and 1621 to a design drawn up by their rector Francois Aguillon and Brother Peter Huyssens. Rubens played an important part in the decoration of the facade and the pinnacle of the tower but especially of the interior. However, thirty-nine ceiling paintings, the work of his studio,...

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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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  • Saint Michael’s Church -...

    Gent Things to Do

    The history of the Roman Catholic St. Michael's Church (Sint-Michielskerk) dates back to the middle of the 15th century, when the first parts of its construction started. Due to both political and religious conflicts it was only finished about 200 years later. The church tower was planned to be 134 metres tall and therefore the highest in...

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  • Military Cemeteries/Memorials

    Ieper Things to Do

    The Commonwealth authorities did decide that bodies should not be repatriated and that uniform memorials should be used. At the end of the WW I started the production of uniform headstones most made of Portland stone. The headstones were engraved by hand. They are all rectangles with rounded tops. At the top British headstones bear the regimental...

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  • Hotel de Ville - Town Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    The most impressive building on the Grand Place is the towering Hôtel de Ville. The left wing and then first part of the tower were completed in the early 15th century and the right wing and ornate spire were added in the middle of that century. The facade is covered in statues of the dukes and duchesses of Brabant. Funds ran out in 1455 before...

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  • Ancient Brugge

    Brugge Things to Do

    One can have a wonderful day in Bruges without any agenda or itinerary. Just walk around. Everywhere you look, there's something interesting. Don't be in a hurry; just enjoy being here. Guided walking tours are available (see the websites below).

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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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