Literally “vineyard mountain”, the south-facing slopes of this ancient hill outside Leuven are full with vines
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. […]
If you want to visit the key World War One battlefields around Ypres, you can always do it yourself, but enlisting the help of one of the many specialist tour guides available is a good idea.
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 […]
Hageland – the area south of Leuven – is an excellent region for cycling, thanks to fairly quiet country lanes and the presence of the Cycling Interchange Network, which allows you to easily plan and follow your own cycle route
(For Floralia Brussels 2017, click here.) I’ve posted earlier on the wonderful Floralia Brussels exhibition, the spring flower show held on the grounds and in the greenhouses of the Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden (this year’s event is now closed). Regular ‘Discovering Belgium’ reader Wendy Deyell went to the exhibition, […]
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 […]
Guest blogger: Pierre, a 29-year old Frenchman who has been living in Brussels for three years. He’s interested in history, literature and nature. It seems unbelievable, but it is true! You look once, twice, three times at Pieter Brueghel’s painting The Blind Leading the Blind, and then at […]
Guest blogger: Mike Pearce A great, safe, free, easily accessible and child-friendly location from which to spot planes landing and taking off at Brussels Airport is along the Zeven Tommen in Zaventem. In the last year this site has gained in popularity among plane spotters and plane photographers, […]
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.
For Floralia Brussels 2013: click here. Guest blogger: Martine Kinzinger. “FLORALIA BRUSSELS” is the spring flower show held on the grounds and in the greenhouses of the Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden. It’s the 8th edition of this annual event. Over one and a half million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and […]
A superb wild flower phenomenon on the doorstep of Brussels.
Located in the Winge valley to the east of Leuven, Horst Castle has remained largely untouched since the middle of the 17th century. To get the most out of a visit to Horst Castle, you should know what not to expect. There are no works of art hanging […]