Authentic experiences

The coast

Oostduinkerke located at the Flemish coast is the only place in the world where they use this traditional manner of fishing for shrimp. It is a remarkable spectacle on the North Sea. Sturdy cart horses wade through the surf, on their back a horseman attired in bright yellow knee-high boots and ditto rain slickers. Behind them trails a large net. The aim: to collect as many delicious shrimps as possible. The horse fishers of Oostduinkerke have no equal.

Shrimp fishermen

© Meg Cook

Chocolate workshops

Belgium is famous for its chocolates and pralines, but what if we told you that you can be a part of that heritage? Sign up for one of the many chocolate workshops at a chocolatier and learn to make your own pralines. Enjoy your own creations while discovering the rest of Belgium or take them back home as a gift to your friends and family!


© Milo Profi

Villers Abbey

Another must see in Belgium is Villers Abbey. Built in 1146 and now in ruins, it gives a prime example of the way Cistercian monks lived. The ruins are the most complete example of monastery life in Europe, it features remains of all the buildings the monks used daily. A great place for history enthusiasts!

Find more about Villers Abbey here


© Villers Abbey

The Atomium

A final activity you should consider when coming to our capital, is to visit the symbol of Brussels. The Atomium, our national monument, is a stunning building filled with unique exhibitions and beautiful architecture. And if you are looking for a really exceptional experience, have lunch inside the monument’s very top sphere, it’ll amaze you!



Comic book culture

Belgium is well known for its comic books. The characters brought to life by cartoonists such as Hergé, Morris, André Franquin and Willy Vandersteen still inspire people to this day. Are you a Tintin fan? Pay a visit to the Hergé Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve, then. Or do you want to emerge yourself in the world of Marsupilami, the Smurfs and many other famous characters? Then don’t forget to explore the Comic Art Museum in Brussels is definitely. And of course both museums have excellent shops if you want to expand your own comic book collection.

Musee Herge à Louvain-la-Neuve

© Atelier Christian de Portzamparc