Language: Dutch, French, German
Size: 11,780 square miles (30,510 square kilometers), about the size of Maryland
Border countries: France, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands
National tourist office: www.visitbelgium.com
At a glance
Belgium is a fascinating place to visit with its diversity of culture and language. Distinct regions have emerged that reflect the language of their respective border countries. It’s an unusual experience to travel within one small country and witness the diverse influences of the French, Germans, and Dutch across Belgium.
Brussels houses some of the most important museums, art galleries, and collections in the world. World-class shopping and exciting nightlife are also attractions of Brussels. Known as the "Venice of the North," Bruges is popular for its charming canals and intact medieval architecture. Outside of its cities, Belgium boasts pastoral landscapes crossed by rivers and canals leading to the sea. The dune-lined Belgian coast is home to quaint, historic port towns with a cozy atmosphere and cobblestone streets.
As the headquarters of many international organizations like NATO and the EU, Belgium is a significant player in international affairs. Its significant international population has led to a diverse cuisine scene. It’s most famous for its waffles, chocolate, and beer, but the paper cones of fries and (optional) mayonnaise sold by street vendors are always a favorite for visitors.
Why cyclists love it
Belgium bike tours often start or end in the larger cities of Brussels or Bruges and make stops in some of the country's charming smaller towns like Antwerp and Flanders. A cycling holiday through the Belgian countryside is an ideal way to experience the beautiful landscape and the winding alleys of medieval towns. You can also enjoy first-class cuisine in fantastic restaurants during your bicycle tour in Belgium. A bike and boat tour can be an ideal option for those interested in ever-changing scenery from a floating hotel after a day of cycling.
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Known as the "Venice of the North," Bruges is called the most beautiful town in Belgium. The little medieval city center is full of canals, chocolate shops, museums, and carriages. Whether you enjoy art or gastronomy, shopping or nature, Bruges will seduce you!
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Two countries, Holland and Belgium, united in one route. This bike and boat tour combines the highlights of Holland’s Golden Age and the heydays of the Flemish trade cities in the Middle Ages.
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