Belgium Driving Ideas Guide
Belgium, known for its medieval old towns and Flemish Renaissance architecture, has two distinctive regions: Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north and French-speaking Wallonia to the south. Belgium is also lovingly known as ‘a food lover’s dream and a beer lover’s haven’ — a reputation that is worth exploring when visiting Belgium.
Although public transport in the cities is convenient, getting around the country is best done by rental car, which will give you the opportunity to see more without spending more.
Start your journey in Brussels or Antwerp
In the bilingual capital and largest city, Brussels, expect traditional sights such as the Grand Place Museums, theatres and historical monuments, and of course the Mannekin Pis. You can discover Brussels through themed experiences such as gourmet or art, or just have fun in the streets on a Segway! Your friends won’t believe this one. The famous open air markets and the annual Jazz Marathon attract thousands of visitors to the city.
After taking in the sights of Brussels, a leisurely 45km drive to Antwerp could be your next move. The Flemish city Antwerp is a gem. It’s the second largest, and also an international port city, on Belgium’s River Scheldt, with a history dating to the Middle Ages. In its centre you will find the centuries-old Diamond District houses with thousands of traders, cutters and polishers. Cycling is a popular choice for getting around this lively city. Its medieval streets, Renaissance monuments and vibrant nightlife are a good match for its reputation as diamond trade centre.
The drive from Brussels to Liege and Namur could well be the most rewarding in Belgium
Liege, on the South East side of Belgium, is only one hour from Brussels by car. This historical city on the river Meuse dates back to Charlemagne. Discover Liege by taking a stroll through the ‘Carre’ district, an extensive quarter of pedestrian streets near the Cathedral. By day, this neighbourhood is bustling with shoppers, but by night Le Carre becomes the place to be for nightlife.
Namur and Dinant both have ancient citadels worth seeing. The view over Namur and the Meuse valley from the eastern tip of the citadel, are breathtaking. The Citadel of Namur, a massive stone fortress, is the site of the oldest permanent settlement in the Benelux, and remains the most extensive construction in the country, with a circumference of several kilometres.
Visit the town of Spa for a royal treatment
Staying over in Liege means you can do an adventurous drive to Eupen. The first stop would be Spa - the town that gave its name to all spas in the world. The waters have been famous since Roman times. Kings and Queens come here to bathe in the waters, soak in mud baths and walk in the beautiful forests. Spa is also home to the oldest casino in the world with construction starting in 1763.
The Pearl of the Ardennes, in the town of Ardennes, is a place to enjoy outdoor theatre performances and music festivals in summer. The surrounding forests offer ideal hiking and biking paths.
The highway from Malmedy to Eupen is one of the most beautiful in Belgium, winding through the Hautes Fagnes natural reserve. In the park the Signal De Botrange marks the highest point in Belgium (2.277 ft). On a clear day you can see as far as the city of Aachen in Germany from the top. From Eupen you can go back to Liege or on to Brussels.
Whether you are looking for action or a laid-back holiday, Belgium will not disappoint you. And to top it all, you need not look further than Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels to find the best deals and choices for rental cars and accommodation.
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