Belgium Travel Guides for Backpackers

Brussels – the land of chocolates, waffles and beer

So you’re planning to travel to Belgium? This might be for a variety of reasons namely to try its famous beer, waffles, chocolate and fries (or frites as they are known here). I must start by saying there is much more to this country than these things. However, albeit that, these are wonderful things. Belgian Beer Beer Tasting at the Delirium Cafe The center of the city has a collection of bars and in most bars, you can as for a ‘degustation’ and try 4-5 different types of beer, including chocolate beer or you can go all out and visit […]
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Beginners guide to travelling in Europe: Brussels

As a child born and brought up in a middle-class family in India, all my knowledge about Europe was mainly from Football, movies, and social media platforms and I used to love seeing photos of the different cities in Europe and reading about what to see and do in different places.  So, when I got an opportunity to pursue my masters in Germany, it was like a dream come true and the very first week I landed in Germany, I was buzzing to see places. It so happened that one of my friends had to go to Aachen (which is a […]
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Brussels, Belgium : A story of waffles and fossils

This story consists of two equally important and exciting things: waffles and dinosaurs. Chocolate, waffles, and pubs The thing about Brussels that you cannot see on the pictures is that the whole city smells like waffles. On every street, there’s a waffle stand or a chocolate shop (often there is both). Obviously, I have tried waffles and chocolate before, but the ones in Belgium are something truly different. Even store bought ones are amazing (and a little addictive I should add). Needless to say, we have spent our whole stay in Belgium with waffles in our hands. So, Brussels is […]
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Top 10 Things to Experience in Bruges, Belgium

My husband and I both love to travel so it was a natural decision to celebrate our “paper” anniversary with plane tickets. We spent seven days exploring Northern Europe, spending each day in a new location. During the planning stages of our trip, we focused mostly on famous tourist locations. We wanted a day in the British Capital, riding a red double-decker bus through the misty rain hoping for a glimpse of the queen. A day in Paris eating crepes, ogling at the Eiffel Tower, and looking chic in front of the fountain in the Place de la Concorde like […]
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Great Places to See in Brussels

Brussels is one of my favorite places in the world. I just love to return there even if I have been there already more than 20 times. The city just feels so busy but at the same time so peaceful and calm. I guess I like that these two feelings can be combined in one city, and I am sure that there are other such cities in the world, but I have not visited them yet to decide that. Moreover, it is interesting to see how office workers have their lunch on a bench in the park, and it can be seen […]
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Have you seen the Blue Forest in Belgium?

First Experience in Hallerbos I have lived in Belgium for more than 2 years and this Spring was the first time I have heard about the Blue Forest. When I heard about a forest full of flowers I really wasn't too impressed. I didn't understand why would anyone go see some flowers in the forest, I could not understand the craze. I thought to myself: it is one of those things where people try to make a touristy spot out of nothing and at least it is good that it's not too far away, only 29 kilometres from Brussels. Oh […]
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Bruges: Canals and Cobblestones

If you’re here, you’re one or more of these: You’re into Hollywood and watched “In Bruges” a couple of times and fell in love with the city. A fan of Indian movies – Bruges has become one of your dream destinations, just after the first few minutes of Amir Khan’s “PK”. Probably a travel demon-possessed, crazy person like I, who picks one random city every week and does a complete virtual tour and can’t stop thinking about Bruges ever since you map-marked it. Bruges (pronounced “Broojh”) or Brugge, Belgium, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has something on offer […]
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Autumn in Leuven

When you plan a trip to or through Belgium chances are that you are going to visit Brussels (home of the European parliament), Bruges (famous of the film “In Bruges”) and Antwerp (the Diamond city), but I invite you to hop on a train in the direction of Leuven and travel 20 short minutes east of Brussels. I am going to take you on a tour visiting the places that became points of reference for me in this frequently overlooked Flemish pearl. Leuven is my alma mater and one of the most enchanting little cities in the world with some […]
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Bruges – medieval beauty for sweet tooths

Why we decided to go to Bruges? Have you ever seen a movie “In Bruges” with Colin Farrell? Or perhaps remember the scene at the end of it where Farrell’s character starts a not so positive monologue about Bruges? To be entirely precise I quote “…maybe that's what hell is: the entire rest of eternity spent in Bruges?!” – Ray, “In Bruges”. I watched it just a few months before going to Bruges with a friend of mine. We actually watched it together and were rather surprised by such strong and depressive message. All we heard about Bruges before is […]
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Different Antwerp – Belgium’s gem

Antwerp is astonishing. When people talk about Belgium, they either choose Brussels as the main city to explore and Ghent or Brugges to breathe the cultural air of a small town. Antwerp has them both. It’s big and it’s small. It has an artistic vibe to it, in a Parisian way, and a cozy, warm feeling, as Salzburg has. There’s so much to do, so much to see, and most importantly, so incredibly much to enjoy.   Go eat the Belgian chocolate Go eat the chocolate I’m a chocolate addict. Along with traveling and books, this […]
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Bruges – Rolling Stones will be jealous!

Bruges is a little romantic city, that will capture your heart! It's a perfect place to escape the reality and spend one day in a fairy tale. Follow the cobblestone streets and they will lead you to the different historical treasures of Bruges. The friendly atmosphere, fascinating architecture, cute bridges and swans on the canals are all attributes for a perfect peaceful day. My first impression of the city was that it very clean and green city, this is very important for me. Bruges is a tiny town, it's compact size allows you to wander around with no fear to […]
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Liège : A Little overview

The city that made my heart beat is Liège. She is located in southeast of Belgium, this little absurd land. According to the size of the country, we consider Liège and her two thousands hundred inhabitants as a big city. But regarding the world, of course, things are different. Being a tourist in Liège? It might not be the most famous place for traditional tourism. At least, it is sure that it is not so well-know by people abroad like others cities as Bruges or Bruxelles. But according to me, Liège has nothing to envy to those popular cities. There […]
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Ghent: Europe

Ghent: Europe's hidden gem Travellers visiting Europe often spend a weekend in Belgium, limiting themselves to the cities of Brussels and Bruges. While those cities are definitely worth a visit, they are missing out on the true gem of Belgium: Ghent. Growing up there myself, I would like to say I know every little thing there is to know, but this city is so lively you just can’t keep up. So even when you have already marked Ghent as ‘done’ on your bucket list, you should pack your bags and go discover all what’s new. Lonely Planet honoured Ghent in […]
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