Explore Belgium

Explore Belgium

Get some ideas for excursions in Belgium with Picardy Wallonia as your starting point. From the country’s prettiest cities (Brussels, Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp to name but a few), to the Ardennes and the Belgian coast, plus lots of major tourist sites, you’re spoilt for choice if you want to broaden your horizons.

The Flemish Ardennes

This is the slightly undulating region located in East Flanders and directly adjacent to the Pays des Collines region.

Mont de l'Enclus is its highest point, standing at 144 m. Its verdant landscapes, winding paths, wooded paths, gentle slopes and coeurs villageois are ideal for hiking and, more specifically, cycling.

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The Belgian coast

Flanders’ take on the seaside with 11 destinations along the North Sea.

From La Panne to Knokke-Heist, choose the town where you can pitch your parasol or venture into the dunes. Stroll along the large dikes, enjoy a good pancake on the terrace or go for a sailing race, the region’s favourite sport.

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Bruges (Brugge)

Nicknamed the “Venice of the North”, Bruges is a romantic city par excellence. Surrounded by canals, its town centre can be explored by boat and the heart of the medieval city crossed by horse-drawn carriage or bike.

Must-sees: the market place with its adjacent castle, the belfry, the chip museum, etc.

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Ghant (Gent)

Situated at the confluence of the Lys and the Scheldt, this university town is full of vitality. Both historical and contemporary, Ghent is divided into two parts: the historic centre and the arts district.

Must-see: Quai aux herbes (medieval port), Château des comtes, the historic and trendy district of Patershol, etc.

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The PASS (scientific adventure park)

The Pass is a unique place like no other. In its 10 exhibitions, you play, you learn, you touch and you learn. And above all, you have fun.

Discover how the world moves, how science and technology influence our everyday lives. Enjoy nature in the 28 hectares of grounds. Walk on the mound, take your children to the new playground. Located on a former coal mine classified as restored by architect Jean Nouvel, the exceptional architecture of the Pass is worth the detour.
Rue de Mons 3 - 7080 Frameries 00 32 70 22 22 52

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MAC’s – Contemporary art museum, site of the Grand Hornu coal mine complex

At the heart of the Grand-Hornu site, MAC's offers temporary exhibitions of contemporary international art throughout the year.

Discover our sculpture garden and participate in the many activities for young and old designed around the exhibitions.
Rue Sainte-Louise, 82 - 7301 Hornu (Boussu) 00 32 65 65 21 21

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The Strépy-Thieu funicular elevator

Gain some height and discover an impressive engine room, a superb panorama over the whole site and the surrounding area.

A film traces the construction and operation of the elevator complemented by animated models and interactive games. An exhibition brings together fossils discovered during the excavations. As you watch the animated tour Pays de Génies (“country of geniuses”), you’ll experience the highlights of Belgian creation in fields as diverse as art, music, painting, sport or comic strips... in the company of illustrious Belgians. But visiting the elevator funicular also provides the chance to cross it by boat!Rue Raymond Cordier 50 - 7070 Le Roeulx 00 32 78 05 90 59

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Eau d’Heure lakes

Discover a breathtaking view of the lakes and the surrounding nature thanks to the panoramic tower and the Belvédères eatery completely renovated from July 2013.

Holiday villages, restaurants, marked walks, water sports, Le Relais de Falemprise relaxation centre, etc. Activities in all seasons.
6440 Boussu-Lez-Walcourt 00 32 71 50 92 92

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Photography museum

With the opening of its new contemporary wing, the photography museum is today the largest museum dedicated to photographic images in Europe and is housed in a former neo-Gothic Carmelite convent.

Through the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, relive the adventure of photography from its invention to contemporary creation. Discover the magic of its techniques, the variety of its functions and the originality of its aesthetics on the discovery trail. Educational activities are organised for audiences of all ages.
The museum also has a reference library, a shop and the museum cafe opening onto a park.

Avenue Paul Pastur, 11 - 6032 Mont-sur-Marchienne 00 32 71 43 58 10

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Capital of Belgium but also of Europe. Cosmopolitan, polyglot city with rich architectural and cultural heritage. The Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an artistic jewel in itself.

Open-air Art Nouveau museum thanks to Victor Horta, the town of Magritte and the museum dedicated to it. Comic strip temple with the comic strip museum and a walking trail of 30 painted walls. Different districts: Saint Géry, le Mont des Arts, le Sablon, le Cinquantenaire, le Châtelain.

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The Ardennes

The largest landscape area and the highest terrain in Wallonia! A country of legends and forests, straddling the provinces of Namur, Luxembourg and Liège, where it’s good to relax.

A reservoir of green spaces composed of numerous view points, hiking circuits, forests, towns and typical villages. Renowned local produce and charming gîtes.

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Hergé museum

Thirty minutes from the centre of Brussels, the Hergé museum in Louvain-la-Neuve offers a passionate look at the life and work of the father of Tintin and Snowy.

In a building with remarkable architecture, follow the path of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, master of clear design. Nine rooms with varied scenography immerse you into Hergé’s world and his characters, through drawings, original artwork, gouache, film extracts, objects, models and photographs.

Rue du Labrador, 26 - 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve 00321048842

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Anvers (Antwerpen)

The city of diamonds, Rubens, fashion and design! This important port city is both a bustling metropolis of activities and a haven of peace with its green spaces.

This cosmopolitan city is also an architectural treasure and a shopping paradise with its many renowned designer boutiques.

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