Belgium has thousands of types of beer, the tastiest waffles and the best chocolate in the world.
Beside these the old buildings are amazing, the towns are charming and culture is diverse. They have three official languages: dutch, french and german (see here).
It all started in Dortmund, where one of my friends family lives. We took the car, our mothers and started the three-days-long intense waffle and beer experience. We chose to avoid the capital and other big cities for the more “romantic” and chill smaller towns. We have visited Liere, Ghent, Brugge, Knokke Heist, Damme, Namur and Durbuy during the trip, travelling by car more than 1000 km.
Liere, our first contact with Belgium. We read about this town on the internet, searching for ‘best small towns to visit in Belgium’. It was more than we expected: streets crossed by canals, Flemish architecture, cosy atmosphere and good beers.
The city center is picturesque, a place where we wanted to came back right after the first contact. People chilling, drinking beers on both sides of the main canal, the smell of waffles, the old, beautiful Flemish buildings are all that you could need.
Brugge, a charming city which is present in every guide as a must-see in the country. The city has already developed a touristy vibe, there are many chocolate, beer and waffle shops on the road with thousands of samples and products.
On the way to Durbuy the landscape changes noticeably: hills start to appear. Southern Belgium differs from the northern in some ways: the language is French instead of Flemish, the geography is more diverse and the architecture distinctive.
The fairy tale village. We read about this place on the internet and we decided to travel 300 km more just to see it. Already 10km before Durbuy, the surroundings started to look different from everything we saw in Belgium: misty forests and curvy roads in a valley near a river.
Of course, with a backpack.