Reasons to Add Belgium to Your Bucket List

Bruges, Belgium. Photo by Libby Penner on Unsplash

Craft Beers

Belgium beers are often very strong but always very good. You should ask for recommendations before starting to drink. Take a tour of a local brewery to find out more about the brewing process.

Bruges

Bruges in Belgium is often called ‘the Venice of the North’. Cruising along a canal is a great way to see the dramatic buildings of the city or to relax after sightseeing.

Dare to visit one of the more eccentric venues in Bruges. The Lucifernum, where you can have a drink, listen to live music and watch performance art, used to be a Masonic temple. Freemasons are interred in a cemetery on the grounds.

10 years on and I still love love love this crazy place #lucifernum #bruges

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Waterloo

Waterloo was the site of Napoleon’s final defeat. Visit the town and climb up Lion’s Mound for a view of the battlefield. It’s not a difficult climb and history buffs will love the experience.

Mannekin Pis

You can’t go to Belgium without visiting the Mannekin Pis. This bronze statue of a small boy taking a wee is well-known throughout the world. Tourists love it although it’s not a big deal to residents.

Mannekin Pis #MannekinPis #Belgium #WaterFountain #WhoDecidedThisDesign?

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Doel

Be inspired by the street art in Doel. The village is dying but street artists have created colorful art on the crumbling buildings. It’s a dystopian but fascinating sight.