The land of waffles and beers – Belgium

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.

As you probably know, Germany was heavily bombed to the ground in the second world war, including Dortmund. The city’s architecture is below average, rarely you can find old, traditional buildings.
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In the former industrial part of Dortmund, alongside of a lake where it was a mine before, you can see an exemplar of iron foundry cast.
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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.
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Gent, an underrated, almost forgotten city by mainstream travel channels. The architecture is authentic, impressive and together with the canals creates a note of romance 🙂
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And this..
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And this..
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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.
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There are a lot of nice places along the canal, like cute backyards, terraces, the only wood building which was left after the fires, the castle and so on..
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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.
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Knokke-Heist
Close to Brugge, it’s a big touristy seaside resort with lot of ugly flats and expensive restaurants. But we weren’t there for the city, but for the smell and sound of the North sea.
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Damme
Along Liere, we found it on the list with the best small towns in Belgium.
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If you wouldn’t know that you are in Belgium you could probably think you are in the Netherlands. This is how Damme is: a representative windmill, canals, a small town center, bike roads.
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Gent
One more time, we had to come back – this time to see it at night.
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These where our true friends during the trip, never left us when we were thirsty 😮
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Our host’s house in Zele, around half an hour distance from Gent with car.
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Namur
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.
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Durbuy
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.

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Greetings from Eva, Ildi, Nandi and me
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