Belgium Travel Guide An Enchanting Journey into Belgium's Flavorful Heritage

Why visit Belgium?

Belgium may be a small country, but it packs a big punch regarding flavor and history. Belgium has something for everyone, from the world-famous waffles to the rich chocolate and delicious beer. And let’s not forget about its significant role in World War 1 and 2. Here are five reasons to add Belgium to your travel bucket list.


Belgian waffles are a must-try when visiting Belgium. These fluffy treats have a rich history dating back to the 18th century. Street vendors originally sold them during religious festivals and fairs. Today, you can find them in almost every bakery and restaurant in Belgium.

There is no “hot spot” for the best waffles in Belgium, although the tourist traps are well presented in the big cities. Also note that there is a difference between a “Brussels waffle” and a “LiĆ©geois Waffle.”

Try unique toppings like fresh fruit, whipped cream, and savory options like bacon and cheese.


Belgian fries, or frites, are another famous food in Belgium. Contrary to popular belief, they were not invented in France. Belgians claim they were the first to fry potatoes in the 17th century.

For the best fries in Belgium, head to a “Frituur” nearby your destination. Pair them with a delicious sauce like mayonnaise, andalouse, or samurai.


Belgium is known for its high-quality chocolate, and for a good reason. The country has been producing chocolate since the 19th century and has since become a world leader in the industry.

For the best chocolate shops in Belgium, head to Brussels and visit Pierre Marcolini or Neuhaus. In Bruges, check out The Chocolate Line or Dumon Chocolatier. When in Antwerp, you’ll find that same chocolate line, and even a chocolate museum that’s worth a visit. And don’t forget to try unique flavors like lavender, Earl Grey tea, and even beer-infused chocolate.

Belgian Beer

Belgium, with its rich beer culture, is truly a paradise for beer enthusiasts, boasting an impressive collection of over 1,500 different types of beer. This small country has a deep-rooted history in brewing, which can be traced back to the Middle Ages. The art of beer-making in Belgium has been perfected over centuries, with traditional brewing techniques and recipes passed down from generation to generation. Each sip of Belgian beer tells a story, as it embodies the craftsmanship, passion, and dedication of the brewers who meticulously create these flavorful concoctions.

Whether you prefer a crisp and refreshing blonde ale or a complex and robust dark beer, Belgium has something to offer for everyone. The country’s beer culture is deeply ingrained in its social fabric, with locals and visitors alike enjoying beer as a way to connect, celebrate, and appreciate the rich heritage and traditions of this beer-loving nation. So, if you find yourself in Belgium, be sure to embark on a beer-tasting adventure and explore the vast array of flavors and aromas that make this country a true haven for beer enthusiasts.

For the best breweries to visit in Belgium head to Bruges and visit De Halve Maan, Het Anker in Mechelen, Sint Bernardus in Watou. Or go on a adventure and visit the Monestry of Maredsous for a full on experience. There are also multiple brwereies that offer a insight into their process and offer tastings in a nearby taverne.

World War 1 and 2

Belgium played a significant role in both World War 1 and 2, and there are many historical sites and museums to visit. The country was invaded by Germany in both wars, and many battles were fought on Belgian soil.

For historical sites to visit in Belgium, head to Ypres and visit the Menin Gate Memorial, the In Flanders Fields Museum, Westfront in Nieuwpoort or the Trench of Death when considering World War 1. In Bastogne, visit the Bastogne War Museum or the Mardasson Memorial. And don’t forget to pay your respects at the many cemeteries and memorials throughout the country.

If you’re looking for more on World War 1, I would also advise visiting the Ploegsteert Experience, the Trench of Death, or The West Front. If you’re feeling sporty, you can find bike routes to explore more 14-18 War Sites.


So, are you coming then?

Belgium may be small, but it’s full of flavor and history. From the world-famous waffles to the delicious beer and chocolate, there’s something for everyone. And let’s not forget about its significant role in World War 1 and 2. So pack your bags, grab your travel insurance, and hit the road for a journey into Belgium’s enchanting heritage.

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