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Belgium

At a glance

Belgium might be small, but it’s a giant when it comes to its lively culture and pastoral landscapes. It’s unique location has helped the country become a crossroads of cultures and languages. It’s unusual to travel within one small country and witness such diverse influences, hailing from France, Germany and the Netherlands.  

Belgium’s capital, Brussels, is home to  some of the most important museums, art galleries, and collections in the world. Here, you can also experience world-class shopping and an exciting nightlife.  

Bruges, located in northwest Belgium, is a romantic city with lively restaurants, horse-drawn carriage rides and incredible panoramic views.  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 cozy atmospheres and cobblestone streets.

Belgium serves as headquarters for many international organizations, such as NATO and the EU, making this country a significant player in international affairs. Its astounding international population allows you to meet diverse people with various backgrounds. Another perk? This worldliness has led to a diverse cuisine scene. It’s most famous for its waffles, chocolate, and beer. Vendor’s paper cones filled with fries and (optional) mayonnaise are always a visitor favorite!

Why cyclists love it

  • Belgium bike tours often start or end in the larger cities of Brussels or Bruges. Along the way, you’ll make numerous stops into some of the country’s charming smaller towns, such as Antwerp and Flanders.   
  • Cycling through the Belgian countryside is an ideal way to experience the beautiful landscapes and winding alleys of medieval towns.
  • Belgium enjoys a plethora of first-class dining. What better way to energize yourself for cycling than to feast on top-notch cuisine!
  • It’s destination central for Europe’s bike and boat tours, a great option for those interested in ever-changing scenery from a floating hotel after a long day of cycling. It’s also a starting point for our most popular bike and boat route we offer, Bruges to Amsterdam (and reverse).

Tour spotlight

Bruges - Antwerp - Amsterdam by Bike and Boat
 Two countries, Holland and Belgium, united in one route. Cycling and canal cruising will take you to unimaginable places. While biking, you’ll journey through quiet roads and villages, witnessing the incredible Flemish countryside. And while floating along in your moving hotel, you’ll enjoy the bucolic countryside covered by a grid of canals.
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Bruges and the Belgian Coast (self-guided)
While cycling along Belgium’s coast, you’ll explore large fields, canals and dunes. Enjoy the medieval towns and impressive architecture while strolling through quaint local gems. This tour allows you to experience a curious mix of culture and nature!
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Brussels to Bruges: Landscape, History and Culture of Belgium (self-guided)
The various regions of Flanders and Brussels are extraordinarily beautiful and surprisingly close in proximity. Come bike through beautiful landscapes, revel in restaurant’s culinary expertise, and be in awe of the culture and history pulsing in the city of Brussels.
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Fast facts:

Language: Dutch, French, German
Currency: Euro
Population: 10,296,350
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

 


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