It has been said that ‘It’s easy to love a country known for chocolate and beer’ but although Belgium undoubtedly produces some of the finest chocolates and best beers in the world, we think there is so much more to discover. History abounds throughout this small country, with Celts, Romans and Vikings leaving their mark before the Spanish Hapsburgs added it to their vast empire in the 1500s Charles the V becoming the most powerful European emperor since Ancient Rome. Prosperous since the middle ages, many fine buildings were built and you can experience some of the best preserved of these on our tour to Bruges by Eurostar. Bruges has justifiably earned its
UNESCO World Heritage site status, with its network of picturesque canals, medieval market squares, fine gothic churches and its famous Belfry. For the art lovers amongst you Bruges will not disappoint as it has a wonderful collection of museums and galleries to explore, including the renowned Groeningemuseum with its astonishing collection of celebrated masterpieces. In more modern times Belgium was partially occupied during World War I, and the area around Ypres is a moving place to explore its legacy in Flanders. Ypres itself was entirely rebuilt, and wandering around this thriving Belgian town today, you wouldn’t know that the buildings aren’t centuries old.
As Belgium is one of our near neighbours, travelling there by train from the UK couldn’t be simpler and it makes Bruges an ideal destination for a short break. Once in Bruges everything is very close by and easily reached on foot. Our hotels are all within the historic centre and it’s easy to wander out to explore the medieval centre and discover the cosy and intimate restaurants frequented by the locals. Belgium has an excellent reputation for its cuisine, which rivals France and many restaurants serve regional dishes such as Flemish Carbonnade or Sole Meunière amongst others, and pride themselves on the standard of their food and quality of the locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.