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Belgium is a federal state, comprised of the Flemish Region in the north, the French Wallonia in the south, and the bilingual region of the capital Brussels. The country’s eastern part is also home to many ethnic Germans.

In terms of the standard of living, Belgium is a worthy competitor even for Switzerland. It’s a wealthy and dignified European country, which greets its visitors with modern hotels, high-quality service and an excellent cuisine. Most people who come to Belgium have at least one goal in mind: some want to get a hold of quality jewellery; others to stock up on Belgian chocolate and beer; and others, still, to enjoy artful lace, tapestries and world-class Belgian paintings.

The country has a number of excellent beaches and contemporary SPA centres. It’s also known for its main resort – Ostend. And let’s not forget that Belgium was the second country in the world to legalise euthanasia and same-sex marriage.

Here you will find many well-preserved medieval buildings. Many local castles – the abundance of which Belgians are rightfully proud of – are delightfully decorated with upwards-shooting Gothic peaks. While you’re here, make sure you visit at least one medieval castle: the Bouillon, Dinant, Freÿr, Steen, van Ooidonk, d’Hassonville and others. Some of these ancient castles, by the way, even have their own hotels.

When visiting Belgium, the first place most head to is its capital city – Brussels, which is also called the European capital of politics. Here you will find the headquarters of NATO and many of the most important institutions of the EU. Behind the backs of suit-wearing bureaucrats and high-rise glass facades, however, there is a beautiful city with a cosy old town, a spectacular 13th-century Gran Place Square, ancient merchant guild palaces and a real beauty of a town hall.

The country’s second-largest city, Antwerp, is known as a harbour and as an international centre of diamond trade. Bruges charms everyone with its water canals and dense rows of colourful embossed building facades stretching alongside them. Ghent enthrals with luxurious private houses and the Gravensteen Castle. Mons, chosen to be European capital of culture in 2015, is bursting with handsome churches and historical buildings. Leuven has the world’s oldest Catholic university, established in 1425, while Tournai boasts an imposing 12th-century cathedral, which is now under protection as a World Heritage Site.

History buffs are fascinated with the city of Waterloo – the backdrop of the historic Battle of Waterloo, which took place near it on June 22, 1815, during which Napoleon lost to Duke Wellington’s army.

Belgium produces over 500 different kinds of beer. Some of the recipes were developed by monks way back in the Middle Ages. Belgian cooks are known all around the world – their dishes are characterised by French quality and German portion sizes. People also say that Belgium is the birthplace of French fries.

Mussels are considered to be the country’s national dish. Belgians certainly pay their respects to seafood and enjoy not only oysters, but also many other gifts of the Atlantic Ocean. The same holds true for juniper liqueur, gin and – this should go without saying – hand-made chocolate.

Belgians are especially fond of having dinner outside, especially during summer. Here, tables can be found almost everywhere. On weekends or at dinner time, all of them become occupied by the snacking locals. The Luxembourg Square in Brussels, located right in front of the EU parliament, is an especially popular place for meeting up with friends and having a few beers together.

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