Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II. The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Political divisions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy. Its capital, Brussels, is home to numerous international organizations including the EU and NATO.
The Best of Belgium...
Belgium's Most Popular Sights...
Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.
Old Town & Belfry
Church of the Holy Blood
St. Peter’s Church & Stadhuis-Leuven
Mons Old Town
Providences of Belgium…
Federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch
30,510km² – ranked 140th water: 6.4%
11,409,077 (July 2016 est.) ranked 78th
Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%
Flemish 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other 11%
Roman Catholic 75%, other (includes Protestant) 25%
230V, 50Hz (European plug)
Drives on the
“Eendracht maakt macht” (Dutch) “L’union fait la force” (French)“Einigkeit macht stark” (German)”Strength through Unity” (literally, “Unity makes strength”)