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Sightseeing in Belgium

From the breezy shores of the Antwerp port to the metropolitan walkways of Brussels, Belgium is one panoramic sight after another. In Brussels , you will be enchanted by the grandeur and beauty of the Grand-Place , perhaps one of the continent’s most bustling and lively squares.

A stone’s throw away is the historically allegoric Manneken Pis , the world famous sculpture of a carefree boy relieving himself in one street corner. This famous and rather funny statue provides mild amusement to tourists and residents alike. A visit to a lace factory provides an insight into the art of weaving world famous handmade lace. If it is a lazy afternoon you want to spend, make a trip to the Botanical Gardens .

Art Nouveau structures, modern museums and inviting cafés punctuate the rest of Brussel’s pretty urban landscape. If you want to venture out of Brussels you could visit the historic site of the Battle of Waterloo and view the historic battlefield where the Duke of Wellington crushed Napolean.

If it is diamonds you are looking for then head to Antwerp and its famous diamond district and spend a fascinating afternoon in one of the numerous diamond polishing and cutting centres and see how they transform that rough stone into a brilliant sparkling bauble on your finger. Antwerp’s shores, which inspired many a legendary painter, are surrounded by some phenomenal architecture ranging from the neo-classical to the Baroque age to more ancient Gothic churches.

You could visit the Cathedral of Our Lady whose spire is a masterpiece of Gothic art and view its many treasures including Rubens famous painting Descent from the Cross or you could take a stroll to the nearby Grote Markt and take in the sights of the Old City. If you are artistically inclined, the Museum Mayer van den Bergh houses a fabulous art collection, as does the Royal Museum of Fine Art .

Ghent provides a feast for lovers of architecture and art. Not to be missed is a visit to the ancient castle of Gravensteen where gruesome torture instruments are on display. If you have a head for heights then climb up the steeple at Belfort and survey the land below. At the Sint-Baafskathedraal (St Bavo’s Cathedral) you can view the famous Jan Van Eyck painting Adoration of the Mystic Lamb as also some masterpieces by Rubens.

Brugge or Bruges as it is known to most of us, is well known for the lace it produces as also it’s for it’s canals which lends the city a certain charm. A visit to the Burg a magical square in the middle of the old city transports you back in time. Next to it the Gothic frontage of the Stadhius (Town hall) catches your attention with the numerous statues on its façade. All this and much more awaits you in Belgium.

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