Belgium offers the traveler a unique opportunity to experience both the historic beauty of Europe and the finest in contemporary music, art and nightlife. This charming country is renowned for its beers and chocolates, but there is so much more to discover on a barge cruise though the countryside and fabulous cities of Belgium.
Belgium cruises take the traveler to beautifully preserved medieval cathedrals, monasteries and castles, some of the most lovely in Europe. Belgium has the highest concentration of castles in the world! The southern, French-speaking region of Belgium especially abounds with castles and magnificent gardens.
One of the highlights of Belgium cruising is a journey through the picturesque canals flowing through the historic city of Bruges in the northern, Flemish region of the country. This medieval city, famed for its luscious chocolates and intricate lace, is a delight to explore from the many canals intersecting the city. Dock and take a stroll through the cobbled streets in this pedestrian-friendly World Heritage Site. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Bruges offers architectural gems from the Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance periods. Known as the “Venice of the North,” this fascinating city is best seen from the canals.
The Grand Place of Brussels, the lovely square surrounded by Baroque and Gothic guild houses, is a marvel of architectural beauty. Enjoy delicious local cuisine while exploring the beautiful square and its environs. Markets, museums and plenty of shops and cafes are found in this fabulous city center. Brussels is host to numerous music festivals and has a lively nightlife for those seeking contemporary entertainment.
Another city laced with canals, Ghent was a wealthy and powerful city during the Middle Ages. Today, it is a wonderful blend of contemporary culture and historic architecture. Homes of the wealthy traders of the past are beautifully preserved, and the city is filled with the church spires. Best seen from the water, you get an intimate view of this historic city from a barge cruise.
An antique lover’s paradise, outdoor flea markets and hundreds of intriguing shops greet visitors to Belgium seeking everything from Egyptian relics to retro home decorations. Taking a barge cruise through the quaint cities and villages provides many opportunities for exploring the antique shops found along the cobbled streets just off the canals.
Journey at a relaxing pace on a barge cruise through Belgium, marveling at the wonders of this exquisite European country.