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    One of the founding members of the European Union, Belgium has long been seen as one of the crossroads of Europe, where the Germanic and Latin cultures meet. The country is known internationally for its strong beers, its waffles and chocolates, its scenery, and its relaxed views on politics, religion, sexuality, and life in general.

    The Romans gave Belgium its name when they created the province of Gallia Belgica in the first century BC. Over the years the country has seen a varying line of rulers from several different countries until the founding of the country in 1830. Since then the country has been a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy and a forerunner in European integration through the Benelux and the EU, has paved the way for other European countries to follow in its wake.

    Visiting Belgium means you will want to come back again and again and again. It is impossible to see all the wonders that this European country has to offer in just one trip. From the mixture of old-world and new in places like Brussels and Antwerp, to the medieval tourist city that is Bruges, to the medieval canal city of Ghent and the forested hills and plains in between, there is a reason Belgium is called the Essence of Europe, because it combines everything that makes this part of the world so picturesque and idyllic.

    However, most people know Belgium for two reasons: beer and chocolate. Belgium produces a staggering amount of beer: over 500 different varieties. In addition, some of the most famous brands of chocolate in the world are made here, from Godiva to Galler and Guylian, to Callebaut. Belgian cuisine is also some of the most famous in the world and most gastronomic guides, such as the Michelin Guide, include Belgian restaurants as some of the best in the world. Everyone has heard of Belgian waffles, and coming here means you get to taste them right at the source.
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    • Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival
      3.64 Km from Belgium
      The Festival de Jazz Django Reinhardt is held in Samois-sur-Seine, France since 1968. It has become a yearly event since 1984, and it takes place in the last full weekend in June. The Samois festival is seen amongst the Gypsy Jazz community as being the definitive Django festival with people travelling from all over the world to attend. Django "pilgrims" also take time out to pay respect at Reinhardt's grave in Samois. Since 2002, the open air Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival is organize...
    • Villers Abbey
      10.52 Km from Belgium
      Villers Abbey (abbaye de Villers) is an ancient Cistercian abbey located in the town of Villers-la-Ville in the Walloon Brabant province of Wallonia (Belgium), one piece of the Wallonia's Major Heritage. Founded in 1146, the abbey was abandoned in 1796. Most of the site has since fallen into ruins.
    • Château de Seneffe
      14.40 Km from Belgium
      The Château of Seneffe or Château de Seneffe is an 18th-century château located in the municipality of Seneffe in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. The château is property of the French Community of Belgium and serves as the "Centre de l'orfèvrerie de la communauté française" which displays a collection of antique (mainly 18th century) silverware.
    • Floreffe Abbey
      21.83 Km from Belgium
      Floreffe Abbey is a former Premonstratensian monastery, the second of the order to be founded, situated on the Sambre at Floreffe, about 11 km southwest of Namur, Belgium.
    • ASVi museum
      22.61 Km from Belgium
      The ASVi is a tramway museum in Thuin in Belgium, which specialises in the history of the Belgian narrow gauge Vicinal system. The museum includes an operating museum tram line which runs from Thuin to Lobbes. The metre gauge historic tram line is made of two sections : a part of the former vicinal tramway line Thuin - Anderlues (lines 91 and 92). This line was part of the famous and extensive Belgian vicinal tramway network which once covered the whole country ; a part of the SNCB normal gauge ...
    • Walibi Belgium
      23.27 Km from Belgium
      Walibi Belgium, formerly Walibi Wavre and then Six Flags Belgium, is a Belgian theme park located in Wavre, close to Brussels. During the 1998 to 2004 period, it was owned by Six Flags, Inc, an American theme park operator. It was later sold to Palamon Capital Partners. As of 2006, the park is owned and operated, along with Paris' Parc Astérix, by CDA Parks (a division of Compagnie des Alpes). The Walibi name comes from the mix of Wavre, Limal and Bièrges, three towns in the Belgian province of ...
    • Canal du Centre (Belgium)
      25.62 Km from Belgium
      The Canal du Centre is a canal in Belgium, which, with other canals, links the waterways of the Meuse and Scheldt rivers. It has a total length of 20.9 km. It connects the artificial lake Grand Large near Nimy, with the Brussels-Charleroi Canal near Seneffe.
    • Circuit Jules Tacheny Mettet
      25.90 Km from Belgium
      The Circuit Jules Tacheny Mettet is a 3.418-mile (5.503 km) motor racing circuit in Mettet, Belgium. The circuit was finalized in 2010 near the old street circuit.
    • ISF Waterloo
      26.30 Km from Belgium
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    • Fosteau Castle
      26.95 Km from Belgium
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    Points of Interest near Belgium

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    • Charleroi
      Charleroi is the largest city and municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium.
      The municipality features an industrial area, iron and steel industry, glass works, chemicals, and electrical engineering. Charleroi is in the center of a vast coal basin, called Pays noir. Many slag heaps still surround the city. Charleroi is also known for its publishing industry with Dupuis, one of the main publishers of Franco-Belgian comics, located in Marcinelle.

      The Charleroi area was already settled in the Prehistoric period, with traces of metallurgical and commercial activities along the Sambre. Several public buildings, temples and villas were built in that area in the Roman period. Burying places, with jewels and weapons, were also found. The first written mention of a place called Charnoy dates from a 9th-century offering in the Lobbes abbey, which lists various neighboring towns and related tithe duties. During the Middle Ages, Charnoy was just one of the many small hamlets in the area, with no more than about 50 inhabitants, part of the County of Namur.

      The history of the city of Charleroi starts in 1666. In the spring of that year, Francisco Castel Rodrigo, Governor of the Netherlands at the service of the five-year-old Charles II of Spain, expropriated the area from the local lords to build a fortress near the Sambre. In September of that same year, the name Charnoy was officially replaced by that of the newly founded city of Charles-Roy (King Charles), so named in honor of Charles II. The chronogram FVNDATVR CAROLOREGIVM (MLCDVVVI), can be found in the register of the parish of Charnoy for the year 1666. A year later, Louis XIV’s armies under the command of Turenne besieged the unfinished fortress. Vauban completed the fortification work; the future city was granted its privileges; a bridge was built over the river; and free land was distributed to the inhabitants.
      Public transport is run by TEC (Transport En Commun), the Walloon public transport company.

      The greater Charleroi region is served by bus lines and a light rail Metro system (Métro Léger de Charleroi). Part of the latter is famous for incorporating one of the few remnants of the Vicinal, the former Belgian national tramway
      network.
      Charleroi, Belgium
    • Namur
      Namur is the capital of Namur province as well as the political capital of Wallonia (the French-speaking Southern part of Belgium). The city has a population of 105,000. Namur is located at the confluence of the Sambre River and the Meuse River ( both major waterways), and thus has had a military significance in centuries past that guaranteed continual assault, from Roman times through the second World War.

      As a result of having been leveled time and again, the antiquities in Namur are relatively sparse. Nevertheless, the city is large and important enough to offer the visitor a wealth of diversions. One of the most awesome buildings in Namur is St. Alban's Cathedral. (Cathédrale Saint Aubin) Built between 1751 and 1767 it shows it Italian influence.

      The Meat Hall is one of the most impressive monuments of Namur. It is located on the banks of the Sambre and is one of the most important archaeological museums of Wallonia. This building was constructed between 1588 and 1590 and is made from brick and blue stones. The old St. James tower built in 1385 is Namurs only belfry tower. Located on the 'Place des Armes', it watches over the city and was used during its time as a lookout for the city.

      By far the greatest monument of Namur is the Citadel. The Citadel served as a strategic bastion, attracting many attacks and numerous reconstructions during its history. Today the Citadel is accessible by a winding road or by cable-car.
      Namur, Belgium
    • Chaussée de la Hulpe 150
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      Chaussée de la Hulpe 150, 1170 Watermael-Boitsfort, Belgium
    • Horta Museum
      It is the home of the famous Belgian architect and designer, Victor Horta. His works as well as other artistic works are displayed here and it is a wonderful place to be. You will have to cough out €7 to gain entrance into Horta Museum while students and senior citizens pay €3.50.
      Horta Museum Rue Américaine 25, 1060 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Ixelles
      Ixelles (in Dutch: Elsene) is one of the 19 municipalities in the Brussels Capital Region, located in the south east from Brussels center. The origins of Ixelles date from the foundation of the Abbey of La Cambre by a Benedictine nun in 1196. The buildings of the Abbey of la Cambre now house a school for visual arts, the National Geographic Institute.

      Ixelles is divided into two parts by the upscale Avenue Louise, which belongs to the municipality of Brussels. This makes Ixelles, together with Baarle-Hertog and Mesen one of the only three Belgian municipalities with territory divided over several, non-bordering parts.

      On its territory we find the main campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the campus de la Plaine.

      Ixelles is known throughout Belgium for its concentrated population of people of African origins near the Porte de Namur/Naamsepoort, and is known as Matongé after the marketplace and the commercial district with the same name in Kalamu, Kinshasa.

      The famous shopping arcades, the Galerie d'Ixelles and the Galerie de la Porte de Namur are both located in the heart of Matongé.

      Several fairs are organized in Ixelles, including the Spring Fair on the Flagey square, which takes place between the fourth and sixth Sunday after Easter, and the Boondael Fair at the end of July.
      Ixelles, Belgium
    • Museum of Natural Sciences
      The museum is famous for its collection of iguanodons (dinosaurs found in a coal-mine in Belgium). The collection was given a new life in October 2007 as discovery activities for kids were included. Other collections you will find here are domestic animals, mammals and so on. Entrance fee is between €4.50 and €7 but you can enter for free on first Wednesday of every month starting from 1pm.
      Museum of Natural Sciences Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Art & History Museum
      This museum is one of the best places to be in Brussels. It boasts of an array of art items from various civilizations of the world. It was founded in 1835 and the gate fee is €5 for adults.
      Art & History Museum 10 Parc du Cinquantenaire, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Statue of Europe (Unity in Peace)

      The Statue of Europe, also known as Unity in Peace, is a statue which indicates the harmony of Europe. It is located at the backyard of Convent Van Maerlant Van Maerlant Street, in the European Quarter of Brussels and it validates the slogan of the European Union (EU), Unity in Assortment.

      Statue of Europe (Unity in Peace) Rue Van Maerlant 26, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Council of the European Union
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      Council of the European Union Rue de la Loi 175, 1048 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • the Old Hack
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      the Old Hack Rue Joseph II 176, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

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    Graphic showing average weather in Belgium in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan 3 87.9 37.4 34.6
    Feb 3.6 70.9 38.5 27.9
    Mar 6.2 68.4 43.2 26.9
    Apr 8.7 60.8 47.7 23.9
    May 13.4 66.8 56.1 26.3
    Jun 16.1 74.3 61 29.3
    Jul 17.7 93 63.9 36.6
    Aug 17.3 79.4 63.1 31.3
    Sep 14.9 68.9 58.8 27.1
    Oct 10.9 76.2 51.6 30
    Nov 6.3 84.7 43.3 33.3
    Dec 4.1 85.6 39.4 33.7

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