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History

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The region that is now Belgium has been populated for more than 100,000 years, Eastern Belgium is even the world's first and richest finding place for Neanderthal remains. Along the way it has passed through the ownership of almost all the major continental European powers. From the Roman...
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Nature Reserves and National Parks

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Many of the natural beauty of Belgium is easily accessible and well equipped; you’ll find car parks, cafes and even places to stay. Officially recognised nature reserves and parks are well sign-posted and marked on your maps but you’ll also find much to admire in Belgium’s open countryside....
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Language Matters

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Belgium is at the linguistic junction between Latin and Germanic Europe. This has shaped both the country’s history and its language, with the result that Belgium is one of the few countries in the world that has no single national language. In fact it has three: Dutch, French and...
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Geography of Belgium

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Although heavily developed and densely populated, the scenic beauty of some Belgian geographic regions is breath-taking. Geographically and geologically, as it is in most things, Belgium is a country of heavy contrasts. It is small enough that in the right weather conditions and season it’s perfectly...
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World Heritage

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Belgium is a major contributor to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, having joined as long ago as November 1946. There are currently two UNESCO Professorial Chairs at French-speaking Belgian universities. The first, the Chair of Linguistics and Didactics of Languages in Educational Systems,...
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War Memorials and Cemeteries

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As well as the era-defining battle of Waterloo, the two greatest conflicts of modern time have been fought on Belgian soil. World War I and World War II have left Belgium with a legacy of some 800 military cemeteries. Some of these cemeteries contain thousands of graves, but many...
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Nature and Wildlife

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When it comes to sightseeing and its place on the tourist trail, Belgium is (next to being the beer and taste capital of the world) mostly considered a cultural, artistic and historic destination. However, the country is also blessed with some areas of exceptional natural beauty which are well...
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Fashion

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Belgian fashion is often praised for its unique balance between realism and creativity. In the last 30 years the interest in and importance of fashion and design in Belgium has increased greatly. Belgium’s designers are associated with quality, craftsmanship and innovation. The Belgian style’s characteristics and distinct...
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World War II

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In the late 1930’s memories of the Great War were still fresh in the minds of many people and another European conflict seemed unthinkable. Over 37 million casualties, including around 17 million deaths had generated a feeling that peace was to be preserved at almost any cost. Simply...
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Belgian Antiques and Flea Markets

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Belgians have a long-standing passion for antique fairs and flea markets. For many years the contents of entire houses have been going under the hammer at Antwerp’s Friday morning market. In Heist-op-den-Berg – of all places – the ‘rommelmarkt’ takes over the entire town centre every Sunday morning....
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World War I

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Belgium’s location may give it great political advantages, putting it right at the centre of Western Europe, perfect for its role as the host of the European Union. Unfortunately this has also regularly made it the site of military campaigns and battles. It’s for very good reason that Belgium...
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Battle of Waterloo

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The late 18th century was a period of massive political upheaval. For centuries France had been ruled by an absolute monarchy supported by a powerful Catholic church, but in 1789 all this suddenly collapsed. Feudal, aristocratic and religious privileges evaporated under a sustained attack from radical new political...
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Diamond Industry

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The city of Antwerp is the capital of Flanders but it is also the current capital of the diamond industry, being home to around 1,500 diamond firms, the largest concentration in the world. These businesses include rough diamond producers and dealers, manufacturers and polished diamond wholesalers. As...
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Cycling

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In Belgium and in the Flemish region in particular, the love of cycling borders on fanaticism. Whether it’s competitive or just for fun, takes place on the road, in a field or around the velodrome or “piste”, cycling catches the attention of any self-respecting Belgian. Any excuse to...
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Jean-Louis Van de Perre, President of the Belgian Brewers

BRUSSELS - In June, Jean-Louis Van de Pere succeeded Theo Vervloet as President of the Belgian brewers’ federation known as the Belgian Brewers. This was also shortly before http://belgium.beertourism.com... [ more ]

From tank to tap: Dubuisson's Brasse-Temps

MONS / LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE - In September 2000, Brasserie Dubuisson unveiled its Le Brasse-Temps café-brewery in the university city of Louvain-la-Neuve. Three years on, a second brewpub bearing the ... [ more ]

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Beer Pick

The St. Bernardus Abt 12 is the flagship brew from the range of abbey beers put out by this Watou brewery. This beer is a something of a runaway success, and accounts for more tha... [ more ]

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