Explore the Fascinating country of Belgium
Positioned between France and Germany, Belgium rubs shoulders with some of Western Europe's most influential cultural and intellectual traditions. Travelers too often mistake Belgium's subtleness for dullness, but its cities offer some of Europe's finest art and architecture, and its castle-dotted countryside provides a gorgeous escape for hikers and bikers.
Wherever else you go in Belgium, it's hard to avoid Brussels (population 1,122,000), a capital boasting architecture and museums to rank with the best in Europe, a well-preserved medieval center and an energetic nightlife.
Antwerp is Belgium's second biggest city with a population of 452,000 inhabitants. It fans out from the east bank of the Scheldt about 50km north of Brussels. Many travelers prefer it to the capital and indeed it does have a denser concentration of things to see and do, not least some fine churches and distinguished museums - reminders of its auspicious past as center of a wide trading empire. Antwerp has also become the effective capital of Flemish Belgium, acting as a lively cultural center with a spirited nightlife.
Ghent with a population of 225,000 inhabitants is the third largest city of Belgium, a lively eminently appealing place with bags of character, great restaurants and a clutch of first-rate historic sights.