Het Zwin Nature Park outside Knokke-Heist on the Belgian coast has been completely revamped. It’s a wonderful place to visit to learn about birds, and see them in real life. In the visitor centre you can learn all about bird migration, and then on the nature trail you can see the birds from special observation hides. Highly recommended for kids!
Steven Vandenbussche, Curator of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele, describes his favourite locations in Belgium
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?
Brunch, a walking tour, lunch, a castle visit, plenty of churches … and much more!
Armistice Day 1918 marked the end of the First World War. We tend to think “phew, that was that!” and believe that people could finally get “back to normal”. But to the Flemish returning to Flanders Fields, they were greeted by desolation and danger. It marked the start of a huge clear-up of the devastated landscape.
Sense-Sations is an opportunity to sample the delights of Mechelen’s local food and drink specialties. I was invited by Mechelen Tourism to test it out. It was fun, and if you do it, you might be able to “click” with the shop assistants better than I did!
Flanders was renowned for its beautiful tapestries from the 15th century onwards. A Saturday morning visit to Tongerlo Abbey in Mechelen will open your eyes to the beauty of Flemish tapestries.
An easy map to see all the places mentioned on Discovering Belgium
Guest Blogger Hannah Little reports on last Sunday’s Cats Parade in Ypres
Get prepared for one of the wackiest events in Belgium: it’s the Ypres’ Cats Parade!
Mostly everyone in Flanders knows that the first Sunday after the Easter Holidays is the annual Heritage Day (Erfgoeddag). But if you’ve recently arrived in Flanders from a different planet, here’s a short guide to what it’s all about.
I pass by the location marking a bold action by the Belgian Resistance to free Jewish and Roma civilians from a train heading for Auschwitz.
The tiny village of Vollezele was once the hub of a thriving Belgian export industry.
Patrick Damiaens is a talented wood carver who specializes in Liege-style furniture and coats of arms