Tourists have been swarming to Waterloo ever since Napoleon's 1815 defeat, a seminal event in European history. The event's bicentenary saw a smart new underground museum pep up the site of the battlefield, which is, in this case, many fields: a vast, attractive patchwork of gently undulating cropland dotted with memorials and historically meaningful buildings.
None of Belgium's famous beer abbeys is more photogenic than Abbaye Notre Dame when its golden sandstone is glowing in soft afternoon light. A Cistercian monastery since 1132, the complex had barely finished a total rebuild when, in 1793, it was wrecked by antireligious French Revolutionary soldiers. Rebuilding only restarted in the 1920s.