Located right in the middle of the triangle formed by Bruges, Ghent and Kortrijk, it’s inevitable that the town of Tielt struggled to make a mark on the West Flanders scene. Skilled craftsmen were – and still are – attracted to the three nearby cities in search of […]
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
A powerful exhibition of Trench Art at the In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, by British sculptor Stephen Hurst, refocuses our minds on the tragedy of war.
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. […]
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.
For three weeks every spring, the phenomenal Royal Greenhouses in Laken are open to the public (in 2016: from 15 April until 6 May). They are a marvel of 19th-century architecture that house a stunning collection of plants, many of which are now in bloom. You don’t have to […]
2017 update: Some of the information below is no longer valid.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 […]
A Belgian village that’s not in Belgium? Or is it? And why does it have two names?
A Belgian village that’s not in Belgium? Or is it? Visit the remarkable Baarle-Hertog and you might end up with more questions than answers. The Belgian village of Baarle-Hertog is extremely difficult to describe. When you first hear people talking about it you think it’s merely a village […]
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 […]