Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Antwerp

Museum Plantin-Moretus

The medieval building and 1622 courtyard garden alone would be worth a visit, but it's the world's oldest printing press, priceless manuscripts and original type sets that justify this museum's Unesco World Heritage…
Top Choice Museum in Antwerp

Rubenshuis

This delightfully indulgent 1611 mansion was built as a home and studio for celebrated painter Pieter Paul Rubens. It was rescued from ruins in 1937 and has been very sensitively restored with furniture that dates f…
Top Choice Architecture in Leuven

Stadhuis

Far and away Leuven’s most iconic sight, the incredible 15th-century stadhuis is a late-Gothic architectural wedding cake flamboyantly overloaded with terraced turrets, fancy stonework and colourful flags. Added in …
Top Choice Cathedral in Mechelen

St-Romboutskathedraal

This soaring, Gothic-vaulted cathedral features a 1723 monumental pulpit, a 1630 Van Dyck crucifixion scene in the south transept, and dozens more fine artworks below the stained-glasswork of the apse. But the most …
Top Choice Cathedral in Antwerp

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal

Belgium’s finest Gothic cathedral was 169 years in the making (1352–1521). Wherever you wander in Antwerp, its gracious, 123m-high spire has a habit of popping unexpectedly into view and it rarely fails to prompt a …
Top Choice Museum in Hasselt

Bokrijk Openluchtmuseum

One of Europe’s largest open-air museums, Bokrijk Openluchtmuseum offers a nostalgic look at Flanders’ past, with over 100 old buildings originally reassembled here in 1958. Many have since been (or are being) metic…
Top Choice Area in Leuven

Grote Begijnhof

This idyllic, village-like corner of Leuven would make an ideal film set for a medieval drama. The lantern-lit cobbled streets are lined with step-gabled brick houses with stone window frames. Semi-wild roses scent …
Top Choice Area in Diest

St-Katharinabegijnhof

Centred on a 14th-century church and sporting a few artists’ studio-galleries, this picturesque village-within-a-village is a five-street grid of lovely antique houses retaining an unusually authentic aura. The site…
Top Choice Museum in Antwerp

Museum Mayer van den Bergh

Styled as a 16th-century town house, this superb place was actually constructed in 1904 as one of the first museums in the world built around a single collection. Fritz Mayer van den Bergh's collection is indeed as …
Top Choice Historic Building in Turnhout

Turnhout Begijnhof

Hidden behind big wooden gates, one of Belgium’s loveliest begijnhoven loops round a long, narrow garden set with grotto, church and religious statues. Founded before 1340, it features tile-roofed brick houses with …