What comes to mind when you think of Belgium? Tintin, Jean Claude Van Damme and chips with mayonnaise? It’s time to think again. Modern Belgium is a seriously hip, creative and vibrant place that welcomes visitors from all over the world.
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Right in the middle of Western Europe, Belgium is influenced by its larger neighbours but still carves out its own identity. The big cities of Brussels and Antwerp are cool, edgy places to be, where you can eat spectacularly well and then hit the clubs until the early hours. There is the unmistakable feel of a former colonial power in the cities – immigration from the Congo has brought the usual benefits of multiculturalism including great food and exciting music.
For centuries, the Flemish countries led Europe in finance and the arts. More recently, Belgian René Magritte produced some of the most instantly recognisable work of the twentieth century. You can find the environment that inspired him - and many other avant-garde artists - in Brussels. Second city Antwerp has long been a key city of European trade and the modern, international city wears this history proudly. Now a highly fashionable location, you can shop ‘til you drop in any of the city’s many cool boutiques before enjoying a night out among the glamorous club cognoscenti.
Ghent was once one of Europe’s most important towns. It remains a lovely place to visit and feel a connection with history. Alternatively, head to the charming city of Bruges, where gorgeous cobbled streets and medieval architecture are testament to Belgium’s time as an international hub of commerce. Find out why it is sometimes called “the Venice of the North”.
Belgium is in the heart of Europe and has taken the European ideal to heart. Learn Dutch in “multiculti” Belgium with ESL and you will receive a warm welcome, whatever your mother tongue. Return to introduction...