Belgian cities each have their own character and charm. We’ve highlighted 3 city tips in Belgium that should definitely be on your bucket list. Ghent for the real art lovers, Leuven for shopaholics and Bruges for travelling back into time. Read more and get inspired!
City trip to Belgium? Wondering where to start? We put down 3 cities that offer a unique mix of sites and sounds. Get inspired for your next city trip to Belgium with these tips!
Ghent: city of arts
Next to being a popular city among students, Ghent is also a playground for culture enthusiasts. There are over 10 museums ready to rouse you. From city museum STAM to Design Museum Ghent and the Museum for Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.). Here you can awe at both historic and contemporary works of art from a multitude of movements. There are new exhibitions on a regular basis, but the permanent collections alone are definitely worth a visit. The collection housed by the Museum of Fine arts range between the 15th and 20th centuries and feature works by Jeroen Bosch, Pieter Paul Rubens and James Ensor. Be sure to check out the Visit Ghent website for a full list of museums and exhibitions.
Leuven: shoppers retreat
Three letters that best describe Leuven: h-i-p. From eccentric shops to designer fashion chains, you will find items here that are literally one of a kind. ‘Hippo!Royale’ for example is an authority in colourful retro-wear for women, fabricated by national and international designers. The peculiar charm of ‘Tafel van Feliz’ is its collection of beautiful art-deco pieces like contemporary tableware and decorations. ‘YARD’ stands for ‘Young Artists and Designers’, their collection made up of unique works by upcoming Belgian talent waiting to be discovered. Your own quirky collection will definitely get a boost after a visit to Leuven!
Bruges: a historic masterpiece
Take a step back in time with a romantic visit to beautiful Bruges. The historic centre of this medieval city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s plain to see why! Imagine life in the heart of the Middle Ages while you’re surrounded by the city’s stunning architecture. Discover the many canals that make Bruges so characteristic on a boat tour. Or wander over ancient bridges and through car-free streets for a taste of Bruges’ genuine appeal. Allow yourself to daydream in this amazing city!