Belgium is a magical place that is so much more than chocolate and waffles, although that is also a major highlight. I had the pleasure of visiting a few years ago and was enthralled by the beauty of the city. Here are my top 5 things to do in Belgium
Enjoy people watching at Grand Place
The Grand Place is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Be sure to hit up the square during the date and at night. They are both fantastic views and you are sure to capture some gorgeous photos.
Grab Dinner at Nüetnigenough (The Greedy Glutton) in Brussels
This was by far one of the most memorable meals I had in Europe. The cozy brassiere offers a fantastic selection of Belgium beers and incredible pub fare. They do not take reservations so get there early!
Visit the Westvleteren Brewery
This was by far the most magical experience I had in Europe. Westvleteren 12 is some of the most coveted beer in the world. It is rated #1 in the world by Beer Advocate Magazine. To get there is a bit of an adventure. From Brussels, you hop a train to Ghent. From Ghent, you get on another train to the tiny village of Poperinge. When you arrive in Poperinge, you’ll make your way to the hotel. The hotel has bikes for you to rent to make your way to Westvleteren. The city hall area has maps for you to purchase. On your way you will pass gorgeous hop fields and see charming farms and fields. Upon our arrival into the brewery, My husband and I rewarded our 10 mile bike ride with a glass of Westie 12 and a snack and watched a storm roll in. This beer is made in small batches by trappist monks. We were so fortunate enough to be at the brewery when they had beer for purchase. We for sure brought back a 6 pack and my husband guarded it like it was our first child.
Bruges is the Venice of Belgium. There is incredible scenery wherever you look from the canals to the gorgeous facades, you are sure to have great photos to share. There are historical churches, eclectic shops and great restaurants to visit. Bruges is great for a day visit but I honestly would not spend a whole lot of time here.
Ghent is a quick train ride from Brussels. On our way back from Poperinge, we were the proud parents of 6 bottles of Westie 12. My husband insisted we stopped in Ghent to get a bag for our baby beer. We walked around a bit and found the department store HEMA, husband twisted my arm to buy a coat from there and we used the bag to protect the beer. Ghent is a quaint and picturesque town with beautiful churches and a castle. You could easily spend a day or two here to experience it all!