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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is an island in the Lower Normandy region and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in France.

legoland

Legoland Billund

Legoland opend in 1968 in Billund, a town in Denmark that was the birthplace of Lego. It's the second largest tourist attraction in Denmark.

most visited and most famous castle in Europe

Neuschwanstein, A Fairytale Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most famous castles in the world and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Europe.

beautiful house in Barcelona created by Gaudi

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is one of Gaudí's masterpieces in Barcelona. It was built in 1877 and was completely refurbished between 1904 and 1906.

manarola

Manarola

Manarola is part of the Cinque Terre in the Italian region of Liguria. The Cinque Terre consists of five villages located on the cliffs at the Mediterranean coast.

Sea Life Blankenberge

close up of fish in aquarium


fishes in aquarium

stingray in aquarium


clownfish in aquarium


turtles lying in the sun at Sea life Blankenberge


sea lion with head above water


pinguins on a rock at Sea life Blankenberge


close up of a sea horse


tunnel going through the aquarium

Sea Life Blankenberge has over 50 aquaria that will show you the beauty and mystery of the underwater world. They have sharks, penguins, otters, sea lions, piranhas and many more. Children will definitely love the interactive touch pool where they can even touch the animals.

Location: Koning Albert-I-laan 116, 8370 Blankenberge, Belgium.


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Sand Sculpture Festival

big castle made of sand


castle from Alice in Wonderland made of sand


big Mickey Mouse made of sand


big castle and throne made of sand


castle made of sand


the Incredibles made of sand


giant sitting on rock made of sand


big castle made of sand


sleeping beauty and the seven dwarfs made of sand


giand fish made of sand at Sand Sculpture Festival


sleeping dragon made of sand


multiple figures togheter made of sand

This beautiful Sand Sculpture Festival takes place every year during the summer months in the seaside town of Blankenberge.

The festival was built by 40 professional sand artists from around the world. Over 10000 tons of sand was used to create 150 sculptures. Every year a new theme is chosen, this year artists were inspired by fairy tales.

update: The Sand Sculpture Festival has now moved to the beach of Ostend.

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Horst Castle

Horst Castle and mirror image in water


stucco decoration on ceiling


stucco decoration on ceiling


stucco decoration on ceiling


room of castle with decorated ceiling


room of castle with decorated ceiling and wall


inner courtyard if castle


windows of castle


view of castle and mirror image in water


view of castle and mirror image in water

Horst Castle, located near the village of Sint-Pieters-Rode, dates back to the 15th century. The castle has been empty for over 300 years and has remained very authentic.

The living rooms date back mainly to the 16th and 17th centuries, they are beautifully decorated with stucco ceilings created by J.C. Hansche. It's impressive donjon is also open for visitors, the top can be reached after a steep and narrow climb.

Horst Castle is also "home" of the comic book character "The Red Knight".


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Glass House

tower if glass with spiral staircase


art made of glass on display

The Glass House in Lommel was designed by Brussels architect Philippe Samyn. It houses the Centre for Contemporary Glass Art and wants to inform and educate about glass and glassblowing. During a visit you can follow the activities in the glass atelier, visit the exhibition hall and climb the glass tower.

The impressive glass tower reaches a height of 30m and has a diameter of 8m. It dominates the town of Lommel and is visible from all directions.


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Antwerp Zoo

okapi running around in enclosure


elephants playing with tree


monkeys at Antwerp Zoo


sea lions in a show


flamingos eating and standing in water


monkey at Antwerp Zoo

Antwerp Zoo is the oldest zoo in Belgium and one of oldest in the world. The zoo was founded in 1843 and is located in the centre of Antwerp, next to the Central Station.

More than 5000 animals live here from 950 different species, these include elephants, lions, bears, giraffes, penguins and many others. Visiting the zoo will take at least half a day.


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Château de la Motte

view of castle and water around


big statue of dog at entrance castle


side view of castle


side view of dog statue and sitting area

Château de la Motte is a 19th century moated complex. It was built on the site of a 14th century donjon. The castle has a brasserie with terrace and is the perfect place to enjoy a good meal. It also has a public walking park and is a starting point for Vespas motorcycles tours.


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Rullingen Castle

front view of castle and road to castle


bench at lake and castle in background


stone bridge over moat

Rullingen Castle was initially a 14th century moated castle. During the centuries it was rebuild and restored several times. The last time was between 1921 and 1935 after part of the building was destroyed by fire.

Rullingen Castle was acquired by the government in 1978 and is now used as a hotel.


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Tomp in Hamont-Achel

Tomp in Hamont-Achel


Tomp in Hamont-Achel

For a long time people believed that the Tomp in Hamont-Achel was a medieval defence tower. Recent investigations conclude that it was once used as a tower mill. It is believed that the mill was erected in the 15th century. A restoration was undertaken in 1969, as if it were a defense tower.


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Trappist Abbey of Achel

building of Abbey in Achel


brewery building of Trappist Abbey Achel


Dutch Belgian border


beer bottle of Achel Trappist

The Trappist Abbey in Achel or Saint Benedictus-Abbey or Achelse Kluis is located on the Belgian-Dutch border. This abbey is famous for it's Trappist beer, which is one of six Trappist beer breweries in Belgium. The beer is sold by the monks to fund their work. The abbey is also a popular place in the summer when people come by bike and enjoy a drink on the terrace.


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