Steven Vandenbussche, Curator of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele, describes his favourite locations in Belgium Advertisements
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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!
Amazingly, this lovely, quiet and bucolic area of Belgium has quite a stormy history. Discover the history of Voeren, the political unrest over the years that led to riots and a violent demonstration, and the key players in the turmoil.
Just what I didn’t expect, but very much needed, especially after walking 23 kilometres on a hot day. Intrigued to discover what nourishment I found in the middle of nowhere?
The Voerstreek is one of the prettiest regions of Flanders; and is covered with footpaths and cycle routes, making it an excellent place for a day out. This was my first visit to the area – and it won’t be my last!
Taking a 45-minute boat trip along the River Leie is a great way to see another side of Gent
Brunch, a walking tour, lunch, a castle visit, plenty of churches … and much more!
Enjoy the wonderful sight of over 1 million flowering bulbs in the grounds of the Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden
I reach the halfway point on the GR 571 long-distance path through the Ardennes. Yes, I did survive the cold night, and getting up early enabled me to experience the dawn chorus.
Stage 4 of the GR 571, and the first signs of spring along the River Salm. I see the season’s first butterflies, come face to face with a stoat, find some badger footprints, and discover that my overnight lodging is an ice-box.
An exhibition at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres focuses on the contribution of Canadian soldiers in the First World War
Stage 3 of the GR 571: more steep climbs, more snow, more great views, more fun! I come across plenty of reminders that this area was in the middle of a huge conflict during the Second World War, and experienced a wonderful climb with some great views from the top.
When a town promotes itself as the oldest in Belgium, it’s tempting to wonder how much evidence of this claim is still visible. Visit Tongeren, and its credentials are right in front of you: city walls from the first century, and a Roman archaeological site from the fourth. It’s also got an excellent Gallo-Roman Museum
Stage 2 of the GR 571 featured steep ascents, great views, scary footbridges and some snow! And a lovely overnight stay at Maggie’s AirBnB in Stourmont.
The MMP17 is a museum dedicated to the horrendous bloodbath that was the Battle of Passchendaele. It displays numerous artefacts from the battle, a Dugout Experience that takes you underground into a mock-up of the British Army’s quarters, and reconstructions of trenches.