Explore the exciting Belgium activities
Beers, fine foods and chocolates - these are just some of the things that Belgium is famous for. And any visitor to the country certainly won't be disappointed. You can visit a brewery, a chocolate factory or enjoy a leisurely meal at any of the fine restaurants. But these are just some of the attractions to be enjoyed in this marvelous country.
Most of the towns in Belgium have a variety of museums to choose from covering a wide range of topics. From art to music, comics to folklore, there is something in this country for everyone. You can also visit many interesting museums which feature the first and second world wars. There are battlefields at Passendale and Ypres and the destruction and suffering during the wars, as well as the lives lost, is commemorated every in Ypres. It makes for an interesting insight into these destructive times in our worlds history.
Cycling is considered by many to be the national sport of Belgium. If you are not terribly fit, you can try the trails in Flanders which are relatively flat. Or, if you prefer a bit more of a challenge, the Ardennes will provide you with a most memorable experience. Most of the trails in the Ardennes have been extended and redeveloped and include disused railway lines and canal towpaths. They stretch out for kilometers and will eventually measure about 2000 kilometers when they are finished. You can also cycle between towns or tour cities on bicycle.
Belgian beers are known for their variety - and so they should be for there are roughly 400 different types of beer in this country. There are beers of all colors and tastes and all are of the highest quality. Perhaps one of the most famous is that of the Trappist brewery. Many of the breweries are open to the public and can be toured. Most of the beers can also be sampled at restaurants and pubs.
Belgian chocolate is world renown. Why not take the opportunity to visit one of the chocolate factories and learn how this wonderful foodstuff is made. Some factories are open to the public - though you may need to book in advance. You can also visit the Chocolate and Cocoa Museum in Brussels to learn more about how chocolate is made. If that doesn't interest you, you might settle for buying some at one of the 2 000 chocolate shops in the country.
Belgium has a beautiful countryside. It is hilly in some areas and flat in others. It also has many forests, lakes and caves. You can take a coastal or forest walk in Flanders or go caving and climbing in the Ardennes. Perhaps you would prefer to try canoeing, kayaking or fishing? Belgium has it all. Horse riding is also available to equine enthusiasts.
There are a large number of superb restaurants in Belgium - a testament to the wonderful food made here. Rather than fill up at a fast food chain store, you would do well to sit down, relax and enjoy some fine cuisine at any one of the fine restaurants, cafes and pubs. Some tour operators even offer gastronomy trips where you can learn to cook Flemish dishes. The food here is outstanding.