Category: Flemish Brabant

Zoutleeuw tower

A day – or longer – in Zoutleeuw

First of all, let’s deal with its strange name. Zoutleeuw. Does it originate from the times when lions (leeuwen) with a taste for salt (zout) roamed the hills of Limburg? Not at all. Until the 16th century the village was simply called Leeuw. Disappointingly, it has nothing to […]

Wijngaardberg in the winter

I know I’ve written about the Wijngaardberg near Leuven before (here), but that was back in July, and you may be thinking it’s only suitable for a summer walk. On the contrary, this is a lovely place to visit in the winter, and is therefore ideal for a […]

Gaasbeek Castle. Centuries of ravage and pillage

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.  […]

Floralia Brussels 2014

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 […]