Belgium is more exciting than you may think. It's capital, Brussels, is a very underrated city. Stroll down the beautiful Grand Place, explore the famous chocolate shops and check out trendy districts like Ixelles. As the capital of the European Union, Brussels is one of the most important cities in the world.
What everyone does in Belgium
Head straight for the Grand Place, right in the heart of Brussels. There's plenty of shops and restaurants to check out. You'll want to indulge in some classic Belgian chocolates; taking a box home as a gift is almost mandatory. In the evening you may be surprised at how lively Brussels' nightlife is: if you're looking to party head to La Demence. Or for a more civilised evening head to Belga Queen for some classic Belgian cuisine.
What some people do in Belgium
If you're an early riser head to the Marolles district for the bustling market on Jeu de Balle. You can eat a classic croque madame, and then head for a glass of Belgium beer. This is a district Jacque Brel sang about - he's arguably Belgium's most iconic singer.
What no one else does in Belgium
Head south to the Meuse Valley and take a walk along the river. Stop in towns like Namur and Dinant as you take in the wonderful scenery.