Vacationing in Belgium is like visiting Germany, France and the Netherlands at the same time. Even the official languages-Dutch, French, and German - mirror Belgium's mesh of cultures. It is almost like someone put the three countries into a large container and gave it a shake. All the good stuff stayed on the bottom, and the less desirable attributes flew out the top. The cities of Brussels, Antwerp, and Bruges have attractions and activities that will please every member of your family and make your holiday memorable.
Brussels, the capital of Belgium and European Union, is home to some of the world's finest chocolate companies. In fact, visitors do not even need to leave the Brussels International Airport, which is the world's largest chocolate selling location, to find gourmet chocolate. Besides chocolate, Brussels has another less refined retail claim to fame. The Delirium Cafe sells the most brands and types of beers - over 2,000 - in the world. With all the beer and chocolate, visitors may have a hard time remembering their stay in Brussels.
If diamonds are a girl's best friend, then Antwerp is the city of her dreams. About 70 percent of mined diamonds are cut in Antwerp. The Antwerp diamond cutting industry dates to the 1500s. If the diamond district does not tickle the fancy of the younger members of the group, the Antwerp zoo will make their small faces light up. It has over 1,000 species of animals. The Aquatopia Aquarium features an underwater tunnel, which allows visitors to see the sea life from multiple angles. Antwerp is a fun-filled destination, which is suitable for vacationers of all ages.
The highlight of any Belgium trip is the Bruges City Center, which is UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is evidence that the city center has been standing since the Iron Age. The city skyline is centuries old.
Whether it is chocolates, beer, diamonds or history, each of these cities have a special allure. For the ultimate trip to Belgium, tourists should tour each of the three cities, plan to vacation longer than a week, and stay in one of the rental apartments. Staying in a rental apartment allows vacationers to experience the essence of Belgium's culture and lifestyle. It will be a vacation the entire family will talk about for years.