Private Tour of Belgium
Belgium : Beautiful Brussels Tour
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Brussels is the capital city region in north-central Belgium known for its aesthetic chaos, which thankfully only adds to its charm. Walking through the city, you are likely to wander past a souk-like bazaar alongside a glitzy modern shopping mall, a medieval crow-step gabled house beside an elegant art deco building designed by Victor Horta himself, or shabby rows of tenements adjoining an upmarket square of expensive boutiques and restaurants. Add to this maelstrom a diverse culinary scene and a wide variety of multicultural locals and it is easy to see why Brussels is one of Europe’s most misunderstood and underrated cities. Make sure to visit the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, a prestigious dual-gallery home to both ancient and modern art; and the legendary Music Village, a chic 100-seater jazz venue.
Located in northwest Belgium, the capital of West Flanders, Bruges, has long held travellers in awe with its narrow cobbled streets, astonishing gilded architecture, and gorgeous canals. Bruges miraculously escaped much of the destruction associated with conflicts that devastated much of western Europe, resulting in a perfectly preserved medieval city filled to the brim with wonderful testaments to its prosperous past. Stroll through enchanting market squares lined with soaring towers, old whitewashed almshouses and historic churches; while away an afternoon in charming quaint cafes or meandering through world-class museums. The compact centre means that day trippers can cover the major sights without too much difficulty. Essential viewing includes the main square with the awe-inspiring belfry, the astonishing, colourful frescoes of the Burg with the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and of course, a leisurely boat trip on the dreamy canals.
Set at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers in northwest Belgium, Ghent is a marvellous melting pot of contrasts and contradictions. At first glance, this small, compact city resembles a medieval masterpiece, but dig a little deeper and you will discover a thriving, modern community rich in innovative design, edgy underground music, and groundbreaking sustainable development. Historical treasures include ornate historic buildings, an impressive cathedral housing the famous Van Eyck altarpiece, and fabulous canal-side architecture. The city’s heritage is interspersed with contemporary art and design museums, quirky shops, and uber-trendy restaurants and cafes. With all of this diverse culture on offer, it is rather surprising that Ghent has managed to dodge the tourist hordes typically headed for the bright lights of Bruges or Brussels.