Updated by Hans De Keulenaer on Jul 30, 2013
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Tourist cities in Belgium

In Belgium, distances are ridiculously short, and the next millenium town is never more than a few tens of km away.

Source: http://discoveringbelgium.blogspot.com

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  1. 1  Bruges, emphatically touristic

    Bruges, emphatically touristic

    A town so unique that its entire historic centre was classified as part of UNESCO's World Heritage.

  2. 2  Antwerp, city of Rubens and diamonds

    Antwerp, city of Rubens and diamonds

    Antwerp calls out to visitors and begs to be explored, together with a guide or at your own pace, the choice is yours. Take in the atmosphere either by tram, boat, horse and carriage, on foot or by bike... just get there!!

  3. 3  Brussels, capital of Belgium and Europe

    Brussels, capital of Belgium and Europe

    Medieval city with over a thousand years of history. Main residence of Charles V, former capital of the Spanish Netherlands and currently capital of Europe and seat of NATO.

  4. 4  Leuven, university town

    Leuven, university town

    Another medieval city, hosting since 1425 a catholic university which meanwhile has become one of the oldest in Europe.

  5. 5  Huy, city with the oldest charter in Europe

    Huy, city with the oldest charter in Europe

    City founded by a Roman emperor with a rich industrial, religious and military heritage.

  6. 6  Ghent, historic and authentic

    Ghent, historic and authentic

    At the end of November 2008, National Geographic published a top 109 of the most authentic destinations worldwide. The historic city centre of Ghent ranked third!

  7. 7  Lier

    Lier

    Charming, Burgundian, diverse, surprising, historic, romantic. These are just a few of the adjectives to begin to describe Lier.

  8. 8  Mechelen, former capital of the Burgundian Netherlands

    Mechelen, former capital of the Burgundian Netherlands

    A relatively unknown city, hosting 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

  9. 9  Binche, a unique carnival tradition

    Binche, a unique carnival tradition

    Binche is located in the « Région du Centre » in the Province of Hainaut, between the cities of Mons and Charleroi. Binche covers an area of 6.063 hectares and is composed of Binche, Bray, Epinois, Leval-Trahegnies, Péronnes-lez-Binche, Ressaix and Waudrez. It currently counts 32.750 inhabitants on its territory.

  10. 10  Namur, capital of Wallonia

    Namur, capital of Wallonia

    Official website of the capital of Wallonia. Short description of the city and its various aspects. Links to the main regional actors.

  11. 11  Tienen, sugar town

    Tienen, sugar town

    Tienen, the Sugar Town, is situated in the heart of Belgium, the largest town of the Hageland, measuring 7.179 ha. As well as from Grimde, Overlaar and Oorbeek it also consists of the former municipalities of Bost, Goetsenhoven, Hakendover, Kumtich and Vissenaken.

  12. 12  Sint-Truiden, fruit capital

    Sint-Truiden, fruit capital

    Saint Trudo was a Frankish noble who built a church and a convent around 650. The small community became a thriving abbey which would experience the ups and downs of the city till the end of the eighteenth century.

  13. 13  Tongeren, Belgium's oldest city

    Tongeren, Belgium's oldest city

    Atuatuca Tungrorum, the ancient name of Tongeren, was the administrative chief place of the district of the people (civitas) der Tungri in the Roman ages. These Tungri formed an administrative federation of a few indigenous tribes in the time of emperor Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD) . In the decades before, they rebelled against the Roman invasion army of Julius Caesar.

  14. 14  Kortrijk

    Kortrijk

    The city of Innovation, Creation and Design. Just to give a few examples: the Tack Tower, the Skatebowl and the Groeninge-bridge

  15. 15  Tournai

    Tournai

    2000 Year of History - One of the oldest cities in a country where the youngest city dates back to the 17th century. City of the Merovingian Kings Clotharius, Meroveus, Childeric and Clovis.

  16. 16  Mons

    Mons

    The real story of Mons starts in the seventh century, however, when Waudru decides to devote his life to God. She retires to an oratory built on the hill that will house later the city of Mons.

  17. 17  Dinant

    Dinant

    Small, picturesque city with over 1000 years of history. the birth town of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone.

  18. 18  Hasselt, jenever capital

    Hasselt, jenever capital

    Dating from the end of the 12th century, a relatively young city, which currently acts as the capital of Belgian Limburg, but probably better known for its tradition in jenever production (a kind of gin).

  19. 19  Liège — Capital of a former Prince-Bishopric

    Liège — Capital of a former Prince-Bishopric

    Baroque city, with a rich heritage developed during 7 centuries as head of a principality. Important city during the 19th century industrial revolution. Currently the largest city in Wallonia.

  20. 20  Bouillon, centre of a hiker's paradise

    Bouillon, centre of a hiker's paradise

    Bouillon and its environs enjoy a fine architectural and archaeological heritage, with the Chateau Fort of Bouillon as the most obviously outstanding feature. But Bertrix, Paliseul and indeed Bouillon itself also possess many other houses, structures and religious works, illustrative of a rich past.

  21. 21  Saint-Hubert, resting place of a Saint

    Saint-Hubert, resting place of a Saint

    Acknowledged as being the European capital of hunting and wildlife, Saint-Hubert is also able to look back over a distinguished past, as underscored by the very many monuments reminding us of the city's fate that was tied in with the abbey and the legend of St. Hubert for so very long. Open the door of the basilica then enjoy a stroll around the historical district...

  22. 22  Oudenaarde, city of tapestry

    Oudenaarde, city of tapestry

    The tapestry industry of Oudenaarde flourished between the 15th and the 18th century. For more than 300 years, it was the city’s most important branch of industry and it brought wealth. The tapestries were sold all over the world.

  23. 23  Geraardsbergen

    Geraardsbergen

    Home of the original, or at least the first Manneken-Pis.

  24. 24  Halle

    Halle

    City along the Zenne river, formerly one of the larger sanctuaries of Western Europe.

  25. 25  Hoogstraten

    Hoogstraten

    Medieval market town, halfway between Antwerp and Breda.