Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Damme

Museum St-Janshospitaal

In the restored chapel of a 12th century hospital building with superb timber beamwork, this museum shows various torturous-looking medical implements, hospital sedan chairs and a gruesome 1679 painting of an anatom…
Top Choice Artwork in Ghent

The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

Formidable queues form to see The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (De Aanbidding van het Lams God), a lavish representation of medieval religious thinking that is one of the earliest-known oil paintings. Completed in 1…
Top Choice Gallery in Bruges

Groeningemuseum

Bruges’ most celebrated art gallery boasts an astonishingly rich collection whose strengths are in superb Flemish Primitive and Renaissance works, depicting the conspicuous wealth of the city with glitteringly reali…
Top Choice Church in Nivelles

Collégiale Ste-Gertrude

This 11th-century church was part of one of Europe’s foremost abbeys, founded in 648. It's 102m long with a soaring multilevel western facade topped with a squat octagonal tower flanked by turrets. The interior’s en…
Top Choice Museum in Mons

Mons Memorial Museum

A superb new museum, this extensive display mostly covers Mons' experience of the two world wars, though the constant sieges of this town's turbulent history are also mentioned. It gets the balance just right betwee…
Top Choice Fortress in Namur

Citadelle de Namur

Dominating the town, Namur's mighty fortress covers a whole hilltop with ramparts, tunnels and grey walls. What you see now is more 19th and 20th century than medieval, and is compelling, great for strolling and off…
Top Choice Castle in Bouillon

Château de Bouillon

Slouching like a great grey dragon high on the central rocky ridge, Belgium’s finest feudal castle, accessed by two stone bridges between crags, harks back to 988, but is especially associated with Crusader knight G…
Top Choice Mine in Around Liège

Blégny Mine

For one of the best industrial experience tours you'll find anywhere, don a hard hat, jump in the cage lift and descend through a pitch-black moment into the life of a 20th-century Belgian miner. The two-hour guided…
Top Choice Cathedral in Tournai

Cathédrale Notre Dame

Dominating Tournai’s skyline are the five spires of its remarkable cathedral, which survived WWII bombs only for a freak 1999 tornado to compromise its stability. It'll remain a vast building site until at least 201…
Top Choice Museum in Bastogne

Bastogne War Museum

This marvellous modern museum takes you into the heart of WWII, audio-guided by imagined voices of civilian and military participants. The entrance level focuses on the lead-up to the war, then covers key events. It…