A Belgium Beyond the Tourist Trail: Discovering 10 Hidden Gems

Nestled amidst the heart of Europe, Belgium is renowned for its medieval cities, delectable chocolates, and intricate lacework. Yet, beyond the bustling streets of Brussels and the picturesque canals of Bruges lies a tapestry of lesser-known wonders waiting to be unveiled. Here are 10 lesser-known places and attractions worth visiting:

1. Durbuy: Often referred to as the smallest city in the world, Durbuy is a picturesque town in the Ardennes region. It's known for its medieval architecture, cobbled streets, and charming atmosphere.

Durbuy, the smallest city in the world

2. Hallerbos: This magical forest, also known as the Blue Forest, comes alive in spring when millions of bluebells carpet the ground, creating a stunning blue-purple landscape.

3. La Roche-en-Ardenne: Another gem in the Ardennes, La Roche-en-Ardenne is famous for its medieval castle perched on a hill, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area.

La Roche-en-Ardenne

4. Leuven: While not exactly a hidden gem, Leuven is often overshadowed by Brussels and Bruges. It's a vibrant university town with a beautiful Old Market Square and the historic University Library.

The beautiful city of Leuven

5. Bastogne War Museum: Located in Bastogne, this museum provides an immersive experience about the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. It's a must-visit for history enthusiasts.

Bastogne War Museum

6. Pairi Daiza: This zoo and botanical garden in Brugelette is a hidden paradise. Pairi Daiza is known for its beautifully landscaped gardens and animal exhibits, including pandas and exotic birds.

The most beautiful zoo in Europe, Pairi Daiza

7. The Atlantic Wall in Raversyde: Explore a well-preserved section of the World War II Atlantic Wall defenses on the Belgian coast. The site includes bunkers, trenches, and an open-air museum.

Raversijde Atlantic Wall

8. Tournai: One of Belgium's oldest cities, Tournai boasts a stunning cathedral and a charming old town with medieval streets and picturesque architecture.

9. Château de Modave: Located in the province of Liège, this stunning castle is often overlooked. It's surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers guided tours of its well-preserved interior.

10. Gallo-Roman Museum of Tongeren: Tongeren is Belgium's oldest town and home to a remarkable museum that showcases the region's Gallo-Roman history.

Gallo-Roman Museum of Tongeren

These hidden gems in Belgium offer a mix of natural beauty, historical significance, and cultural charm that will make your visit to this European country memorable.
Jurgen Huibers
Jurgen Huibers

We're a family of five from the picturesque scenery of Belgium. Come along with us as we share stories from our journeys so far. And if you're curious about any of the places we've visited, don't hesitate to ask. Your dream European getaway is within reach, and we're here to make it extraordinary!

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