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About Belgium

Art with a capital B


Belgian art lovers are quick to show their pride in the country’s rich painting tradition. It started in the Middle Ages with the Flemish Primitives who established the blueprint for those timeless religious scenes, which often contain portrayals of our cities amid their fantasy landscapes. Pieter Breughel the...
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Battle of Waterloo


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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Belgian Antiques and Flea Markets


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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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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Diamond Industry


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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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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Geography of Belgium


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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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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Language Matters


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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Nature and Wildlife


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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Nature Reserves and National Parks


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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UNESCO World Heritage


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


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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World War I


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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World War II


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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Admittedly, we Belgians are not always the best ambassadors for our own tiny country. We don’t shout our achievements from the rooftops, but we do like to give our friends a glimpse behind the scenes.

Take your time to browse this section of our website. You are guaranteed to discover aspects of our country that you didn't know existed.

We already offer one major advantage over other countries: you really don’t have to travel very far to immerse yourself in a variety of cultures and to sample our rich history. In our country, there is no destinaton that is beyond reach. You can cross it by car, left to right or top to bottom, in three hours’ time, traffic permitting. You may come across a traffic jam or two around our major cities, but as you’re here, why not stay a little bit longer and let yourself be surprised by what we have to offer?

Get on your bike and accompany us along the roads of Belgium. You may be familiar with the name of Waterloo, the site of the battle known accross the world, where Emperor Napoleon of France had to concede final defeat in 1815. In Belgium you can see the battle field with your own eyes.

You will find an antiques, or brocante market, on practically every street corner. Every village has its own rommelmarkt or flea market. At the Vossenplein in Brussels (Place Jeu de Balles), you can browse the market stalls every morning and take your pick from antiques that could be priceless, worthless or anything in between.

Belgium is also a cycling country where the art of the bicycle is held in great esteem. One of Belgium’s greatest icons is Eddy Merckx, long retired from professional competition but is still very active in the cycling world.

Following the diamond trail, we end up in Antwerp: home of the Diamond Exchange and also the place where the diamond cutters produce and export the highly valued ‘Antwerp cut’. This same city is also the birthplace of Belgian fashion. Well-known designers including An Demeulemeester and Dries Van Noten started up their businesses in Antwerp’s pretty streets.

Don’t expect spectacular landscapes from this predominantly flat country of ours. Nevertheless, there are fairly noticeable differences in height between the coast and flatlands of the north and the undulating forested areas in the South. If we include the watchtower we just about reach a height of 700m on the ‘Roof of Belgium’ in the national park of Hoge Venen.

Discover a rich history in which our ancient cities have each played their particular and remarkable part. And we have our unique cultural heritage, including belforts (belfries), beguinages (semi-monastic women’s communities), great cathedrals and historic city centres, many of them World Heritage sites protected by UNESCO.

As to languagues, you need to know that we speak a version of Dutch called Flemish or Belgian Dutch in the north and French in the south. In the east of the country, between Liège and the German border, there is a German-speaking community as well.

History is not always glorious, as we know, and that is made painfully clear in Belgium, the Cockpit of Europe. During the First World War, the front was situated in Flanders Fields, the region around the city of Ypres, which was completely destroyed during the war but has since been resurrected. The many war cemeteries bear witness to the hard-fought battles between the Germans, Brits and Commonwealth troops, the French and finally the Americans. Towards the end of the Second World War, the merciless Bataille des Ardennes (known as the Battle of the Bulge) was fought between the Allies and German troops located in the Ardennes forest in the Bastogne area. The newly contructed war museum attached to the Mardasson Memorial tells this compelling story.



Brussels Beer Challenge 2019, and the winners are...

BRUSSELS/MONS - We’ve made our way down to the historic city of Mons (Bergen) for the eighth edition of the international Brussels Beer Challenge. A 90-strong jury is busy tasting; there are four morning sessions in a ro... [ more ]

Brugge Tripel contributes to renovation of Burgundian chapel of worship

BRUGES - This city draws you back in time to the heydays of the Burgundian era. After years of renovation works the Gruuthusemuseum has re-opened its doors. This former city palace is the showca... [ more ]

Brewers of Europe Forum 2019: Craftsmanship on the old continent

ANTWERP - Brewers from 59 different countries flocked to attend the Brewers of Europe Forum 2019 in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall, right next to the renowned Antwerp Central Station building. ... [ more ]

Craftsmanship and balance at brewery Van Steenberge

ERTVELDE - To track down a brewer within his own domain is a high-ranking form of sports, or that’s the impression I get. After a bit of practice I spot Jef Versele, CEO of the Van Steenberge brewery, well hidden amongst... [ more ]

Brussels Beer Challenge 2018 - The results!

MECHELEN - The historic city of Mechelen, halfway between Brussels and Antwerp, is truly a hidden gem. The presence of the Dukes of Burgundy, who ruled here in the late middle ages, still permeates the ancient city centr... [ more ]


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Donker is the genuine flagship of the “Kasteel” range. Brewed since 1989 and the first, original Kasteel beer. The name is a clear reference to Ingelmunster castle owned by the Van... [ more ]

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