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Flanders’ cities: famous for their beauty, culture and vibrancy

Antwerp, city of diamonds

Museum MAS in Antwerp
  • Located on the Scheldt river.
  • City of diamonds, fashion and Rubens.
  • Vibrant, welcoming, heart-warming and green.
  • Home to the Sportpaleis, Belgium’s largest and one of the world’s most visited event halls according to Billboard Magazine.

Bruges, the Venice of the North

  • Known as the Venice of the North, one of the most beautiful cities of Europe.
  • Entire historical city center is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Charming medieval ambiance with winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals.
  • Home to the new Concert Hall, one of the most prominent music complexes of Flanders.

Brussels, capital of Europe

View on Koekelberg basilic, Brussels
  • One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
  • Seat of European institutions, seat of the Parliament, Council, Commission and NATO.
  • Headquarters of global enterprises.
  • Economic, political and cultural center of Belgium.
  • Home to 2000 foreign businesses and 1000 international associations.
  • Full of museums, monuments and historical buildings, particularly from the art nouveau period.

Ghent, the hidden gem of Europe

Ghent Festivities (Gentse Feesten)
  • Featured by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, CNN Travel and the Lonely Planet.
  • One of the hidden gems of Europe.
  • Preserves its medieval character while keeping up with the cutting edge.
  • Known for its open, rebellious, imaginative and innovative attitude.

Hasselt: small town, great people

Pukkelpop Festival in Hasselt (Flanders,Belgium)
  • Capital of the Belgian province of Limburg.
  • Home to a friendly atmosphere, countless cozy terraces and relaxing sidewalk cafes.
  • Features several museums, including the Stedelijk Museum, an archive of fashion from 1830 onwards, and the Stedelijk Beiaardmuseum, which is dedicated to carillons.

Leuven, a Burgundian blend of culture and leisure

Terrace in Leuven (Flanders, Belgium)
  • Celebrated Burgundian university town of old.
  • Blends history, culture, architecture, gastronomy and modern science.
  • Contains vast possibilities for entertainment with its amazing restaurants, its dazzling Gothic Town Hall, the demure magnificence of Saint Peter’s church and the lively bustle of a university town in the Old Market Square.

Ypres, martyr town

Menin Gate in Ypres (Flanders, Belgium)
  • One of the main martyr towns of World War One.
  • From October 1914 to October 1918, the battlefield was mere kilometers away from the city’s center.
  • The location of five bloody WW1 battles.
  • Since 1928, the Last Post – the traditional salute to the fallen – has been sounded under the imposing memorial arches of the town’s Menin Gate.

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