Best of Belgium: 5 remarkable places to visit in Belgium beyond Brussels

Best of Belgium: 5 remarkable places to visit in Belgium beyond Brussels


“Get off the road…” [as car passes by] Hi I’m Mike of Mike’s Road Trip, and on
this episode I feature five fantastic places beyond Brussels here in Belgium
brought to you by Allianz Travel. Now Belgium is a very easy country to get
around, whether you’re road tripping or taking a train, and it is well known for
many of those tasty treats we all adore… like rich chocolate, fluffy waffles
french fries, which are called fritz here, as well as a robust beer selection, so
come along with me and let me show you around… Brussels is the unofficial capital of
the European Union, and while it’s a fine city to visit, in this video I am
focusing on some of the more enchanting places within the country. Geographically Belgium is incredibly well suited to explore some of the most popular places in Europe, from Paris to Amsterdam, Dusseldorf to Luxembourg. But the country has some remarkable cities itself. In this video I showcase Leuven, Antwerp, Dinant, Ghent, and the most popular with tourists…Bruges. Leuven is a lively university town just
a 25 minute train ride from Brussels. The picturesque core of the city is small
enough that you can easily see all the sights in a short day trip,
however the charming character may induce you to stay a couple of nights.
During the winter months, outdoor dining is at a minimum, however as spring rolls
around this is considered the longest bar in the world due to its abundance of
pubs. And winter ushers in the cheer the holidays with a superb Christmas
market. Celebrating their educational heritage and thirst for knowledge,
this sculpture symbolizes an internal student and fountain of wisdom known as Franke. Let me tell you, there are a lot of bike riders here… you got to keep your eyes peeled. Located in the southern part of Belgium
Dinant is an exquisite village situated along the banks of the Meuse River. Dinantis known as the saxophone city as it was home to its inventor Adolphe Sax.
Beautiful saxophone sculptures line the Charles DeGaulle bridge, each uniquely
painted to represent a city where jazz music is well known. Beneath Dinant’s
romantic facade lies a rich history that emanates from every corner. It’s a city
that begs to be explored above and below. While the city lies along the river
banks with its most recognizable structure being the Notre Dame de Dinant
Cathedral, high above the city is a fortified Citadel which can be accessed
by a short gondola ride, or by walking a series of very steep steps. Antwerp is the second-largest city in
Belgium and is known for being the world’s diamond trading hub. I’s train
station is one of the most impressive in all of Europe. During the holiday season,
the city really comes alive with lots of Christmas lights and markets, special
festive installations, holiday music and many activities, such as ice skating,
amusement rides and ethereal congregation areas to enjoy the
seasonally traditional glu wine. Ghent is not nearly as well known as Bruges, but I would argue equally charming. Its pedestrianized city center is full of medieval architecture, with a tributary river snaking through, adding to the
allure. The city is brimming with activity but it’s not overcrowded like
Bruges. One of the best ways to see the city is with one of these tour boats,
which also provides a history lesson into the city’s interesting past, such as
the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, ended the war of 1812 against the
British and Americans. One of the most imposing structures in Ghent is the Gravenstin castle which was built in the 10th century, providing panoramic city views as well as a glimpse into the past. All right, now I am in Bruges, the
most popular city and all of Belgium, and for good reason, this place is incredibly
enchanting. Known as the Venice of the north, Bruges is undeniably appealing with its distinguished canals, cobblestone streets, large market squares with soaring towers and medieval buildings, its popularity comes as no surprise. No matter how far you walk, no matter the
direction, you’ll find your head turning back and forth to make sure you don’t
miss anything. Around every corner there seems to be something new and special to see. They say Bruges is a fairy tale city, but Disney has nothing on this place! Well that’s it from Belgium. I’d like to
thank Allianz Travel for making this video possible. If you enjoyed this video,
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travel videos. So until next, time we’ll see on the road… MikesRoadTrip.com

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