Belgium’s best-kept secret, Antwerp

Have you ever thought of planning a holiday to Antwerp? This is one of those cities that you will fall in love at first sight.

Art, history, food, culture and diamonds is what this port city is about. If you are traveling by train in to Antwerp (which is what I would recommend), you will arrive at the Railway Cathedral. This neo-gothic masterpiece regularly appears on lists of the most beautiful train stations in the world. The enormous roof and towers are absolutely impressive. It is a welcome you will not want to miss!

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Explore the medieval cities of northern Belgium

Planning a holiday to north or west Europe?

Whatever your plans are,  you must include Belgium in your itinerary.  Plan your stay in Brussels (the capital of Belgium) for at least 3 to 4 days. Once you are done with this charming city, travel north further in to Belgium to experience cornucopia of culture, historic places and beautiful towns and cities.

Ghent

Only 56 kms from Brussels, this city has a medieval feel to it, but also retains an  industrial edge. With most of the town center closed to cars, Ghent is best explored on foot,  two wheels or by boat along the elegant canals. As you enter the central square you will be welcomed by Gravensteen Castle or Castle of the Counts.

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Besides chocolate and beer, Belgium has a lot to offer

While we have all heard about Belgium chocolates and beers,  Belgium has never been on the travel maps of  many Indians holidaying in Northern or Western Europe.

In April earlier this year, I traveled to Belgium with my husband and two friends (a married couple).  We chose to travel during spring, but we realised that the European spring is as cold as the Indian winter (at least for us girls). If you are planning a visit, plan to travel in summers – June to September would be an ideal time. But even in the cold and wet weather, Belgium did not let us down. There is so much that this little country can offer, you just need to know where to start.

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