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St. Rumbold’s Tower, Mechelen: 538 steps to heaven!

St. Rumbold’s Tower, Mechelen: 538 steps to heaven! | Belgium | Scoop.it
Taking 538 steps is well worth the breathtaking view at the top of St. Rumbold's Tower, Mechelen,=.
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Visiting Fort Eben-Emael in Liège, Belgium

Visiting Fort Eben-Emael in Liège, Belgium | Belgium | Scoop.it

Fort Eben-Emael, near Liège, was the largest and strongest fort in the world, in 1940. Even so, it surrendered a day after Germany invaded Belgium. We visited to learn why.

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Visiting the Fort de Barchon in Liège, Belgium

Visiting the Fort de Barchon in Liège, Belgium | Belgium | Scoop.it

The Fort de Barchon, in Liège, survived both world wars and is a twin of the Fort de Loncin. We visited the fort, to learn more about its history and construction.

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Visiting Alden Biesen Castle and Gardens in Limburg, Belgium

Visiting Alden Biesen Castle and Gardens in Limburg, Belgium | Belgium | Scoop.it
Alden Biesen Castle and Gardens in Limburg, Belgium
A gorgeous castle and garden await your visit in Flanders’ Limburg province. Alden Biesen Castle is one of Belgium’s finest and best of all admission is free.
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Musée Antoine Wiertz (Bruxelles)

Musée Antoine Wiertz (Bruxelles) | Belgium | Scoop.it
C’est un petit musée méconnu, bien caché entre la gare de Bruxelles Luxembourg et le Muséum d’histoire naturelle.
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Parc Leopold – Little gem in the European Quarter

Parc Leopold – Little gem in the European Quarter | Belgium | Scoop.it

It’s quiet, it’s small, it’s hidden in between place Jourdan, the Parliament and rue Belliard.

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Balade entre Meuse et Lesse (12 km)

Balade entre Meuse et Lesse (12 km) | Belgium | Scoop.it
J’aime beaucoup me promener dans la Vallée de la Meuse en amont de Dinant. C’est un peu par hasard que nous avons improvisé ce parcours en boucle, qui part d’Anseremme le long de la Meuse et y revient par la Vallée de la Lesse.
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MAS – Museum aan de Stroom (Anvers) | Excursion en famille

MAS – Museum aan de Stroom (Anvers) | Excursion en famille | Belgium | Scoop.it
Inauguré en mai 2011, le MAS (le “Musée sur le fleuve”) est avant tout un bâtiment remarquable, conçu comme un empilement de containers tout droit venus du port.
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M Museum (Louvain)

M Museum (Louvain) | Belgium | Scoop.it

Une muséographie aérée, un bâtiment moderne, d’excellents supports pédagogiques, le tout dans une ville très agréable où l’on aura du plaisir à flâner ou à prendre un verre après la visite.

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Tielt

Tielt | Belgium | Scoop.it

Located right in the middle of the triangle formed by Bruges, Ghent and Kortrijk, it’s inevitable that the town of Tielt struggled to make a mark on the West Flanders scene. Skilled craftsmen were – and still are – attracted to the three nearby cities in search of more or better paid work. Today’s tourists frequently do something similar, bypassing Tielt on their way to visit its three more famous neighbours. They should re-think their itinerary, and plan at least half a day in this quiet but surprising market town.

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Voeren, and the Val-Dieu brewery in Aubel

Voeren, and the Val-Dieu brewery in Aubel | Belgium | Scoop.it
Belgium is such a quaint country. Everywhere you look you find yourself thinking “What? How? Why?”. Take the Flemish municipality of Voeren, for example, which is located in the far east of the country.
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Villa Empain – East meets West in Art Deco mansion

Villa Empain – East meets West in Art Deco mansion | Belgium | Scoop.it

Walking into Villa Empain for the first time is a unique experience. You are blown away by the sheer opulence of the whole thing, standing in a house straight out of the Great Gatsby and the gilded jazz age. The architectural details hit you next and you ask yourself if you have somehow stumbled into an interbellum murder mystery à la Hercule Poirot.

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Outrelouxhe: Just because … I like the name

Outrelouxhe: Just because … I like the name | Belgium | Scoop.it
A 11km hike through forests, along a river, with some unusual sights and gorgeous autumnal colours.
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Philippeville, la forteresse oubliée

Philippeville, la forteresse oubliée | Belgium | Scoop.it
Ville de garnison créée de toutes pièces par Charles Quint, Philippeville garde de nombreuses traces de son passé militaire, notamment ses étonnants souterrains.
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Cathedral of Our Lady – Divine art

Cathedral of Our Lady – Divine art | Belgium | Scoop.it

When I was a little boy, my mother took me to the city and I remember standing at the Cathedral which, at the time, was completely covered in scaffolding. In 8 years time the whole church will be renovated, my mother said.

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The Royal Greenhouses in Laken, Brussels

The Royal Greenhouses in Laken, Brussels | Belgium | Scoop.it
For three weeks every spring, the phenomenal Royal Greenhouses in Laken are open to the public (this year until May 9). They are a marvel of 19th-century architecture that house a stunning collection of plants, many of which are now in bloom.
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La Cambre Abbey – Abbey, park and arts in the city

La Cambre Abbey – Abbey, park and arts in the city | Belgium | Scoop.it

When I first heard of this place, I, like most of the people I know, thought it was just an Abbey. I still went to check it out and discovered a precious gem!

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Belgian Holocaust Museum Nominated For European Museum of the Year

Belgian Holocaust Museum Nominated For European Museum of the Year | Belgium | Scoop.it
The Kazerne Dossin Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights, which opened in November 2012, has been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) for 2014.
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Henri Conscienceplein – The weight of Italy’s realm

Henri Conscienceplein – The weight of Italy’s realm | Belgium | Scoop.it

When it feels like if I’m carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders I just crave paradise. Although it may be out of reach for a while, I’ll offer you the second best location for some peace of mind.

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Lier

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Grote Markt
Lier… I have a soft spot for this small city.  Maybe because as a child, I grew up on the Felix Timmermansstraat, named after one of Belgiums most important authors who was born in Lier.
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The Crossbow Guild Museum of Brussels, Belgium

The Crossbow Guild Museum of Brussels, Belgium | Belgium | Scoop.it

Many fascinating traditions exist in Brussels, dating from the city’s beginnings: festivals, parades, religious ceremonies and trade guilds. One of the most interesting of the later is the Grand Serment Royal et de Saint-Georges des Arbalétriers de Bruxelles – the crossbow guild of Brussels.

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Maison d’Érasme – A humanist’s home in Brussels

Maison d’Érasme – A humanist’s home in Brussels | Belgium | Scoop.it

It seems that almost every important thinker, philosopher and writer has passed through Brussels at some point: Victor Hugo, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Karl Marx to name a few. Erasmus, the Dutch Renaissance thinker and humanist, who went on to found a highly popular student exchange programme, lived in Anderlecht for a few months on his way to France.

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