Here’s an idea for an afternoon out with the kids with a difference. A visit to Belgium’s first ever Reptile Rescue Center, which recently opened. Its aims are to rehabilitate reptiles that are injured or unwanted – and provide much needed education into how to care for a […]
If you’ve got children and are getting short on ideas for a pleasant day out, then I recommend the provincial park “Het Vinne” near Zoutleeuw in Limburg. It’s basically a nature reserve located around a large lake, but also has an extensive children’s playground, an educational visitor centre, […]
Literally “vineyard mountain”, the south-facing slopes of this ancient hill outside Leuven are full with vines
Mmm. tasty! An excellent place to visit in the Ardennes when it’s raining
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2017 update: Some of the information below is no longer valid.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 […]