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Triumphal Arch of the Cinquantenaire, Brussels (By Marc Ryckaert, via Wikimedia Commons)

Triumphal Arch of the Cinquantenaire, Brussels (By Marc Ryckaert, via Wikimedia Commons)

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Belgium – A Modern and Prosperous Nation

A top travel destination

Map of Belgium

Map of Belgium

Belgium is a prosperous nation and one of the world major leisure and business travel destinations. It is a founding member of the European Union (EU) and hosts the EU’s headquarters and several other major international organisations including NATO.

The Kingdom of Belgium is located in Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between France and the Netherlands. Belgium has total land area about 30,278 square kilometers, about the size of Maryland of the United States of America.

Belgium has about 10,449,361 (July 2014 estimate) population. Ethnic groups include Fleming 58%, Walloon 31%, and mixed or other 11%. Belgium is legally bilingual nation. About 60% of Belgians speak Dutch, 40% French, less than 1% German.

The City Hall, Brussels, Belgium (By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT, via Wikimedia Commons)

The City Hall, Brussels, Belgium (By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT, via Wikimedia Commons)

Belgium has prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European country. This modern, open, and private-enterprise-based economy has capitalized on its central geographic location, highly developed transport network, and diversified industrial and commercial base. Industry is concentrated mainly in the more heavily-populated region of Flanders in the north.

Based on 2013 estimate, Belgium GDP per capita is about US$37,800.

Belgium has highly developed, technologically advanced, and completely automated domestic and international telephone and telegraph facilities, as well as nationwide mobile-cellular telephone system and extensive cable network. Based on 2009 data, Belgium has 8.113 million Internet users.

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– Brussels

Brussels is the capital and largest city of the Kingdom of Belgium, and is home to numerous international organizations including the EU and NATO.

A beautiful city with many attractions

The Royal Palace, Brussels (By Jaume Meneses, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Royal Palace, Brussels (By Jaume Meneses, via Wikimedia Commons)

Brussels is a beautiful city with elegant buildings, broad boulevards, parks and gardens. Its famous tourist attractions include the Royal Palaces, spectacular Grand Place, the St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral, Atomium, and the Statue of Manneken Pis, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Brussels Stock Exchange, the Palace of Justice and the buildings of EU institutions in the European Quarter.

Manneken Pis, Brussels (By Markus Koljonen, via Wikimedia Commons)

Manneken Pis, Brussels (By Markus Koljonen, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Cinquantenaire park, with its triumphal arch and nearby museums, is a 30-hectare large public, urban park in the easternmost part of the European Quarter in Brussels, Belgium.

Cultural attractions and museums in Brussels include the Brussels Theatre and the La Monnaie Theatre and opera house, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the Museum of the Army and the Comic Museum.

Brussels education and universities

Chateau Du Lac Hotel & Spa, Brussels

Chateau Du Lac Hotel & Spa, Brussels

There are several universities in Brussels. The Université Libre de Bruxelles is a French-speaking university with about 20,000 students, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a Dutch-speaking university with about 10,000 students. Other universities include the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles, the Université Catholique de Louvain, the Royal Military Academy.

Brussels Hotels

There are many luxury hotels in Brussels, including Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place, Chateau Du Lac Hotel & Spa, the Hotel Brussels.

Antwerp, Belgium  (By Jules Grandgagnage, via Wikimedia Commons)

Antwerp, Belgium (By Jules Grandgagnage, via Wikimedia Commons)

– Antwerp

Antwerp is a charming historic waterfront city in the northern Belgium and one of the gateways to Northern Europe in the past centuries. Antwerp is linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking third in Europe. Antwerp was also the host city for the 1920 Summer Olympics.

Bruges Canal, Belgium

Bruges Canal, Belgium

Antwerp has many historical buildings, landmarks and museums. Some major attractions include Antwerp City Hall, Antwerp Central railway station, Antwerp Zoo, Cathedral of Our Lady, St. James’ Church, The Church of St. Paul, The Saint-Boniface Church, Museum Vleeshuis, Plantin-Moretus Museum, Boerentoren Farmers’ Tower, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum aan de Stroom.

Because of historical influence, you can find Spanish, Italian, Greek restaurants here besides traditional Belgian beer and mussels. With spectacular views, Zuidterras harborfront restaurants is one of the Antwerp’s landmarks.

– Ghent

Ghent is a Belgium’s busy city which holds Ghent Festival and attracts million visitors every year. The port of Ghent is the third largest port of Belgium.

Ghent has many tourist attractions including Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Design Museum Gent, the Ghent City Museum, the Saint Bavo Cathedral, the Saint-Jacob’s church, the Saint-Nicolas’ church, the Saint Michael’s church and Ghent University.

– Liege

Liege View, Belgium

Liege View, Belgium

Liege is situated in the valley of the Meuse River, in the east of Belgium. Liege is a major educational hub in Belgium. The University of Liège has 20,000 students.

The Palace of the Prince-Bishops of Liège, Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Museum of Walloon Life, Museum of Walloon Art & Religious Art, Grand Curtius Museum, the church of Saint-James, the Liège Cathedral, are some of the attractions in Liege, Belgium.

– Bruges

Bruges, known as “The Venice of the North”. is another beautiful city in the western part of Belgium.

Bruges has many historic and architecture attractions. The historic centre of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other attractions include the Church of Our Lady, the sculpture Madonna and Child, the belfry of Bruges which houses a municipal carillon comprising 48 bells, the Béguinage, and the Basilica of the Holy Blood.