Located 20 kilometres south-west of Antwerp, just off the busy N16, the quiet town of Bornem has so much to see that a day, or even a weekend, is never going to suffice.
Situated on the outskirts of Brussels, the beautifully furnished Gaasbeek Castle has had a torrid history, but now makes a perfect, peaceful day out. It’s actually a gem. It has a park, woods, a lake, an internationally renowned museum garden, and it holds special events throughout the year. […]
2017 update: Some of the information below is no longer valid. For two more recent articles on the Haspengouw fruit orchards, check out Cycling through the orchards of the Haspengouw and Biking amid the blossoms of the Haspengouw. Still suffering from the greyness of March? Itching for […]
April 2015 update: Another successful hatch: follow the webcam for some great sights of the nest. May 2014 update: The peregrines are breeding once again in the cathedral, and you can see a live webcam here. April 2013 update: The peregrine falcons are back in the tower of […]
Readers of Discovering Belgium will know that every year I promote Floralia Brussels and strongly suggest that for people living in Belgium it’s much more environmentally-friendly to visit this flower show than drive the 3 hours to the more famous Keukenhof in the Netherlands. This year it’s the […]
With the cold winter weather making outdoor trips difficult, if not impossible, here’s another strange but fascinating Belgian museum to visit (from February 1st when it re-opens). However, if you recently kicked the habit and have just stubbed out your last Marlboro, then the National Tobacco Museum in […]
Today’s post is a little different to normal. It’s not about Discovering Belgium but about Discovering Belgium’s Birds! During the weekend of February 2 and 3, 2013, birdwatchers across Belgium will be taking part in the annual census of garden birds. It’s organised by the Flemish nature conservation […]
My previous post introduced you to an area (Mollendaal Forest) that is ideal for young children. However, I do not recommend Mechels Broek for young children, nor is the terrain suitable for buggies, push-chairs or wheelchairs. It’s an area of wetland at all times of the year, and […]
If you are a fan of all things Japanese, you might be interested in various events being held at the Japanese Garden in Hasselt to celebrate its 20th birthday. My friends Saskia and Bart from the Japan Centre in Zoutleeuw are organizing a lot of the activities. This […]
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The Zwin nature reserve near Knokke-Heist is one of Flanders’ natural treasures. There are two ways to describe it. One is that it’s a 159-hectare lagoon which sea water enters on each tide. It comprises dunes, salt marshes, salt pans and two large inlet channels with adjacent tidal […]
Have you ever been by car to Tienen in the autumn? If so, you have probably got stuck behind a slow-moving tractor pulling a trailer loaded to the brim with large, white, carrot-like root vegetables. They are sugar beet. Next time it happens, you might like to dwell […]
The Mollendaalbos just south of Heverlee is a great place to walk, especially now with the leaves beginning to turn. I recommend parking in the car park on the E25 Naamsesteenweg where it crosses the Weertsedreef. The car park is indicated clearly. The turn-off is at the wooden […]
I first visited the Japan Cultural Centre in Zoutleeuw a couple of years ago, and was amazed at the energy and creativity of the owners, Saskia and Bart. They really have some great events there. The Japan Cultural Centre is an organization aiming to spread authentic Japanese culture […]
It doesn’t sound too attractive does it, especially when you look at the rivers around Brussels or some of the other major cities in Belgium. However, it seems that the water purity of the rivers in Belgium has been steadily increasing, and an event taking place this Sunday […]