The historical and cultural property of Flanders is glorified for the whole world. An excellent example are such cities as Bruges (northern Venice) and Antwerp (Rubens's city), and also a set of other cultural centers in which it is possible to see creations of painting and architecture (Ghent, Luven, Malin). In Flanders there is an opportunity not only to admire historical and cultural side of area, but also the mass of information of sea rest and entertainments. The coast from 14 resort centers among which the well-known Ostende and Knokke will present you an opportunity to inhale sea air and to enjoy taste of seafood. Is less known, but so-called "Green Flanders" where it is possible to admire beauty of landscapes, fields, a polder and coastal dunes is not less interesting. Such flat landscapes are simply irreplaceable for bicycle walks.
Wallonia is located in the south of Belgium - it is ancient castles and abbeys, the picturesque nature and the quiet European province. Still Ernest Hemingway once told about this edge: "This place as though from fairy tales of brothers Grimm". But it is not the fairy tale at all - it is Wallonia. Locals call themselves Walloons and talk generally in French. Only in several cities which are on border with Germany it is possible to hear the German speech. Thanks to a variety of the Belgian nature fans of active recreation will always find adventures to liking here. Green nizkogorye of Ardennes offer fans of pedestrian tourism hundreds of miles of fine landscapes, and rocks – safe places for mountaineering. Also in Wallonia it is possible to play golf or to drive in the balloon. Besides, Wallonia brings to attention of tourists huge number of historical monuments and architectural constructions. It is possible to find fine ancient cathedrals and fortresses, locks and buildings of medieval guilds in each Walloon city – keeping memory of richness of medieval Walloon counties.
The climate of Belgium is defined as seaside moderate, with frequent rainfall during the whole year. The soft winter and cool summer, rainy, wet and cloudy weather is typical for Belgium. Average temperature in January - 3 degrees, in July - 18.
Brussels – the capital of the country and one of the large cultural centers. There is the well-known statue of the Pissing boy, the central square of Grand'Place in an environment of ancient buildings in Gothic style, the Bruxelles Cathedral, Notre Dame du Sablon church, the Royal Palace (Palais Royal) and the fine museums among which the Belgian Royal museum of arts owns the biggest collection
Bruges - is called by "Northern Venice", it is one of the most well-loved by tourists of the cities of Europe. Walk on picturesque channels of the city protected by UNESCO will not leave you indifferent and to be remembered well.
Antwerp - from the cultural party Antwerp is known as Rubens's city. Being on coast of Scheldt, the city is the second-large city of Belgium. Antwerp is a port of world value, and also the largest center for processing of diamonds.
Ghent - in this city is a set of interesting historical monuments, for example, the well-known lock of counts Flanders, remained since the Middle Ages. On the suburb of Ghent there is a salon of Flanders of the Expo in which exhibitions are constantly organized by the foreign and Belgian enterprises.
Leuven - in this city it is possible to visit the most ancient and large university of Belgium founded in 1426. Also Levene is famous for the breweries, and not only at the plants, but also and in monasteries according to unique ancient recipes which are more than 100 years old! Well-known the Website Stella Artois it was based in Leuven in 1366.
Malines - is well-known for the bells. Such "crimson ring" admired once Peter I. There is a Royal school of bells, oldest in the world. Hansveyk – historical religious celebration. This most ancient holiday of Belgium is celebrated since 1212 on Sunday before day of Rise annually here.
Namur – the capital of Wallonia - first of all is famous for the majestic citadel which served as the strengthening bastion protecting the city from attacks in due time. It is possible to examine a citadel by means of the ropeway with which the picturesque panorama on the city and the river Sambr and Meuse opens.
Liege – the historic center of church power. Here the most popular places for tourists are Sv. Lamberta Square, palace of princes-bishops, the Town hall and St. James's church, and also the Museums of the Walloon life and Walloon art.
The tour - the hallmark of this town is the splendid cathedral Notre Dame. This cathedral is constructed at 12-13 centuries and represents a construction in Romance style. The cathedral is famous for the fact that was an inspiration source for Rubens. Also in the Tour it is worth visiting the Museum of a tapestry and Museum of Fine Arts.
Spa - the city is well-known around the world, thanks to the sources with the purest and well influencing health mineral water. Exactly thanks to the city of Spa, improving resorts around the world began to call a Spa resorts.
One of the best-known dishes of the Belgian cuisine which you will be given both at the most refined restaurants and in traditional Belgian institutions is a rabbit in beer. The most traditional and original dishes of the Belgian cuisine – a kidney with juniper berries, the well-known Flemish carbonades made with excellent Belgian beer, a fresh eel with mollusks, and to it – chicory salad and stewed vegetables. Fish products, French fries (which homeland Belgium is), various spices: pepper, a carnation, cinnamon, nutmeg, mustard – all these products impact to dishes sharpness and unusual relish. The lunch, as a rule, comes to the end with black coffee. And a dinner – beer... In this small country there are more than 600 different brands. Some of them for 400-500 years. And Belgians possess superiority in the invention of chocolates. Once, conjuring with creation of effective antitussive, the modest Bruxelles druggist Johann Neygauz created bitter chocolate. And at the beginning of the 20th century the praline – chocolate weight with grated nuts was thought up. Come to Belgium to enjoy taste of the well-known delicacies!
Having arrived to Belgium, it is necessary to get something for memory. Chocolate, beer, laces and tapestries, crystal and diamonds, antiques use great demand (and there is no wonder) here. In Brussels there are a lot of boutiques with stylish clothes of the Belgian designers and world brands.