Bruges’s status as Europe’s best-preserved medieval city attracts throngs of visitors in summer, but somehow that doesn’t diminish its charms.
As the saying goes: ‘Cycling is Flanders and Flanders is cycling’.
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Lier’s pride and joy is a 90-year-old clock tower known as the Zimmertoren.
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Koekelberg's Basilica of the Sacred Heart dominates the Brussels skyline.
A 222ha wetland reserve, Het Zwin attracts various species of birds on their way to winter nesting grounds.
Built for the 1958 World’s Fair, the 102m-high Atomium was never intended to be permanent but has become such a familiar fixture on the Brussels skyline that €27.5 million was raised to fund its renovation in 2006.
Compact, picturesque Leuven is the capital of the Flemish Brabant region and a bustling student city.
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Once the holiday destination for rich northern Europeans, the Flemish Coast is today oft-overlooked by visitors.
The world’s largest electronic music festival, Tomorrowland is famed for its wacky themes and extravagant scenography. Held near Antwerp on the last two weekends of July.
The capital is littered with comic-book murals – including this one of Tintin and his loveable dog, Snowy.
Mechelen (Malines in French) is one of Flanders’ most underrated cities, and as the seat of the archbishop, it is to Belgium what Canterbury is to the UK.
Join the tourist-free drunken revelry of Aalst Carnival.
The atrocities of World War I played out in Flanders’ fields, and you can pay your respects at dozens of memorials around the region.
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Be led around the region by your tastebuds: visit a brewery or try a glass of revered Westvleteren – the world’s rarest beer.
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In Antwerp, Flemish folkloric trickster De Lange Wapper guards the medieval castle Het Steen.
Antwerp’s food scene is better than ever, and its speciality is Antwerpse handjes: hand-shaped biscuits and chocolates.