Belgium: Quiet but Full of Surprises
Whoever said that Belgium is a boring place to be clearly has never set foot in the country. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing dull about Belgium. When you’ve got a country that’s been home to people as famous as the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Jean Claude Van Damme, Eddy Merckx, Jacques Brel, and so much more, how can it not be a place of interest? Belgium is a place of great food, fashion, culture, and festivals.
Belgium has its fair share of artistic fame in the world. Check out the collections of famous surrealist artist Rene Magritte in Musee Magritte, for starters. Go to Brussels, the world’s centre for curvy architectural design, boasting collections that go back to 1869. Go to Hotel Tassel, Musee Constantin Munier, Musee Horta, and the Stoclet Palace built by Josef Hoffman. You can then look at beautiful piano art as you enjoy refreshments at Ultieme Hallucinatie Bar.
One thing to definitely look out for is the numerous museums and exhibits Belgium has. The most impressive ones include the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp where much of Peter Paul Ruben’s work is showcased, Groening museum found in Bruges that exhibit the Flemish Primitives, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts Tournai where the works of French painters like Manet and Monet are displayed. Among all these, however, the most impressive museum is the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels, dubbed as the most significant collection of art in the country.
Thanks to the wonderful products of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp has become one of the top fashion destinations in the world. Ranked 11 out of 50 fashion capitals in the world, Antwerp is definitely the fashion buff’s destination of choice.
If you plan on going to Belgium, try to make it in time for the Christmas season because the Belgian Christmas Markets are the best of its kind. They hold special flea markets for the occasion that tourists flock to annually.
If you’re into great art, fashion, and environment, you’ll love the exciting surprises Belgium has in store for you.