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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.


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.

Leuven, university town

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

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!

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!!

Mechelen, former capital of the Burgundian Netherlands

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

Bruges, emphatically touristic

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

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.

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.

Ronse, where Saint Hermes rests

The Crypt with the remains of Saint Hermes is unique in Belgium and beyond.

Ypres : a city to experience

Visit Flanders Fields in Ypres and never forget the Great War. Explore also Ypres' medieval past with its famous cloth hall and 17th century Vauban ramparts.

Kortrijk, where Flanders beat the French

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

Dinant, the origin of the saxophone

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

Lier, a city obsessed with time

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

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.

Tournai, Belgium's most Roman city

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mons, a city on a hill

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.

Oostende, town of Ensor and seafood

From the Atlantik Wall open air museum to the fish market, Ostend offers something for everyone.

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).

Durbuy, Belgium's smallest town

Situated at the junction of the Condroz, Famenne, and Ardennes regions, the District of Durbuy is a land of many pleasures, a region that radiates far beyond its frontiers. After all, in 2007 Durbuy was recognized by the European Commission as a “Rural destination of excellence”, along with nine other European towns.

Aarschot, 800 years young

Provincial town between Leuven and Diest, celebrating its 800th anniversary this year.

Beringen, mining town

Ancient city in the County of Loon, revived in the early 20th century following the discovery of coal.

Thuin, Oozing history

Monasteries, castles, musea, ... Almost too much to handle for such a tiny town.