Goalmine Football Museum, Genk

A highly enjoyable museum to visit – especially with football-crazy kids! But you don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy this museum. It’s located in FC Genk’s stadium, and heavily features the club’s history. You can even dress up as a Genk supporter!


Coloma Rose Garden, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw

With its impressive displays of more than 3,000 varieties of roses from 26 countries, Coloma is one of the most extensive rose gardens in Europe. You can probably find every type of rose on the planet there: antique roses, the most recent hybrids, climbing roses, rambling roses and bush roses.


Kalmthout Arboretum

Covering 12 hectares and with a collection of over 7,000 rare trees and shrubs and many more perennials, Kalmthout Arboretum to the north of Antwerp has become known worldwide. It’s well worth a visit at any time of the year.


Leuven Botanical Garden

The Leuven Botanical Garden may be one of the smallest botanical gardens in Belgium, but it’s one of the most charming. It’s small enough to cover in an hour or two; it’s well laid out; and easily accessible with wheelchairs and children’s buggies.

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  • Walking the Belgian coast

    Walking the Belgian Coast

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    cycling Limburg

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    Ice cream

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    Typical Voerstreek house

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    Butcher's Hall, Gent

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    Floralia Brussels

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    GR Sentiers has done a great job signing the GR footpaths

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    Stoat along the GR 571

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    Stretcher bearers at Passchendaele, August 1917

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    View over Coo from the top of the chair-lift

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    The GR571 follows the Chefna

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    Shells from First World War

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