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Five Things To See On Your Holidays In Belgium

May 12, 2008
Belgium is becoming a very popular European family holiday destination. Holiday makers like to take a family holiday in Belgium and rent self catering holiday accommodation. Belgium has some great holiday villas and self catering holiday apartments that can be rented direct from their owners as holiday accommodation.

The main international airport here is the Brussels airport, which was known as Zaventem before it was renamed. In case you are already in Europe you can easily reach here by a bus or train. There are some international bus services operating from and to Belgium. There are international services to Belgium everyday on Belgium Railways.

Belgium is situated in the western part of Europe and has around 40 miles of seacoast on the North Sea and Strait of Dover, together. It is enclosed by France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Belgium's main rivers Meuse and the Schelde, are very important for commercial movement. The capital of Belgium is Brussels.

The capital city is not the only place to see and visit in Belgium. There are many other fascinating cities which include Ghent, Liege, and Bruges. They have very imposing architecture, great cuisine and enjoyable night life.

As it is a very beautiful and well preserved medieval city in Europe, Bruges of Belgium are known as the Venice of the North. Antwerp is famous for fashion and design in Belgium. The mountainous region of the Ardennes region to the east is a very beautiful place to see.

Some places to visit when you are holidaying in Belgium are the Gravensteen, which is also called Count's Castle. It is situated in the heart of Ghent and was a very powerful seat of the 12th-century counts of Flanders. It is a typical castle which has moat, turrets and arrow slits. The view from the battlements is fantastic.

Hautes Fagnes Nature Reserve or otherwise called High Fens is a marshy moorland with woods and wind blowing over. It is a plateau over Germany's Eifel hills. People who love walking and cycling can be seen here. The Menin Gate or Meensestraat can be said to be a very sad reminder of Ypres past. You will see the names of 54,896 British and Commonwealth troops, who were lost in the Flanders trenches during World War I, inscribed on the huge white gate. The traffic stops every evening at 20:00, and you can hear the sound of the Last Post.

Cinquantenaire Museum is an unbelievable place with 350,000 artifacts, which are collected from every where. They are from anywhere in the world across all cultures and nationality. The majestic Royal Museum of Art and History has a permanent collection of all these amazing things.

Brussels' outstanding central square, also known as the Grand Place, prides itself of the Belgium's best baroque guildhalls, pavement cafes and friendly restaurants. It is concealed in the heart of the old town. You can only see it once you enter the place through the narrow lanes. Belgium is very well known for its special products like beer, mouthwatering chocolates, gorgeous lace, and do not miss on the Belgian waffles.
About the Author
Andrew Gibson is MD of Direct Holiday Bookings. It has holiday villas, ski chalets and self catering holiday apartments to rent on line as a holiday home rental. To see an example of a holiday home in Belgium have a look at Holiday Homes In Belgium
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