Best Christmas Markets and Winter Festivals in Belgium

Ice Skating Rink in Brugge

Brussels, Bruges, Antwerpen, and Ghent have some of the largest and best Christmas markets (Kerstmarkten) in Belgium. Especially the Pleasures of Winter in Brussels and the Snow and Ice Sculptures Festival in Bruges are well worth visiting. Most Christmas markets in Belgium are open on December 24 and 31, Christmas and New Year’s Day but with slightly shorter opening hours.

Transportation to Antwerp from Brussels Airports

Antwerpen Brabo Fountain

Trains and buses provide fast and cheap transportation to Antwerpen from Brussels National (BRU) and Brussels-South Charleroi (CRL) airports in Belgium. Getting to Antwerp in Belgium from airports in Brussels is easy and fairly cheap on public transportation. Brussels National Airport (BRU) is by far the larger and easier to reach on trains or buses … Read more

By IC Bus from Düsseldorf to Lille via Antwerpen and Ghent

IC Bus of Deutsche Bahn

The IC Bus operated by German Railways / Deutsche Bahn provides fast and cheap transportation between Düsseldorf and Lille (via Ghent and Antwerpen). The IC Bus, the so-called little brother of German Railways trains, is very price competitive with the regular Deutsche Bahn and TGV Thalys trains on the Düsseldorf to Lille route and hardly slower than … Read more

By IC Bus from Düsseldorf to Antwerp, Eindhoven, Roermond and London

IC Bus of Deutsche Bahn

Cheap luxury intercity IC buses operated by German Railways / Deutsche Bahn connect Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof with Antwerp, Eindhoven, Roermond, and on some weekends, London. The IC Bus offers a faster, cheaper and more convenient alternative than the train. The IC Bus runs four times per day with savings tickets between Düsseldorf and Eindhoven or Eindhoven … Read more

Visit the Antwerp Cathedral with Rubens Paintings

Antwerp Cathedral

Antwerpen Kathedraal is largest Gothic church in the Netherlands but four Rubens altar paintings and other art are often the main draw. The Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal) in Antwerp is the largest Gothic building in the Dutch-speaking world. Its single belfry is the tallest church tower in Belgium and on the UNESCO World Cultural … Read more

Hotel Review: Novotel Leuven Centrum

Bed in the Novotel Leuven Centrum Hotel

The modern Novotel Leuven Centrum is a midscale hotel with rooms sleeping up to four in the lovely university town Louvain near Brussels in Flemish Brabant. The Novotel Leuven Centrum is a very modern, four-star hotel in the lovely town Leuven (Louvain) only a few minutes by train from Brussels. This midscale hotel is comfortably … Read more

Climb the Belfry Tower of Mechelen Cathedral

Flags on Mechelen's Belfry

It is just over 500 steps to the top of the UNESCO-listed bell tower of the Sint Romboutskathedraal for excellent views of Mechelen and northern Belgium. The belfry of the St Rumbold ‘s Cathedral in Mechelen is just shy of 100 m while just more than 500 steps get visitors to the top with a … Read more

Visit the Historic Churches of Mechelen

Interior of the St Janskerk in Mechelen

Mechelen near Antwerp has eight historic churches filled with art including paintings by Rubens and Van Dyck, Baroque wood carved pulpits and statues. Mechelen has eight important churches full of art in its historic old town. Mechelen was an important town in the Middle Ages and experienced a further cultural Golden Age during the Baroque … Read more

Visit the Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp

Printing presses in the Museum Plantin-Moretus.

The printing shop and residence of the Plantin-Moretus family in Antwerpen is the only museum inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. The Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp, Belgium, is a masterful example of a rich patrician house of the 17thand 18th century with printing workshop. The house is mostly furnished in the Renaissance and Baroque styles. … Read more

Cheap Flights to Antwerp (ANR) in Belgium

Antwerpen Shield in Centraal Station

Direct flights to Antwerpen Airport (ANR) arrive from London City and Southend – from other destinations fly via Brussels, Charleroi or Amsterdam Schiphol. Daily flights to Antwerpen Luchthaven (ANR) in northern Belgium arrive daily on low-cost and budget airlines from London City (LCY) and Southend (SEN) airports. Travelers from other cities generally have to fly … Read more

Save at Maasmechelen Village Chic Outlet Factory Shopping Mall

Maasmechelen Village Outlet

Bargains and cheap deals on designer brand-name fashion draw shoppers to Maasmechelen Village factory shopping mall in Belgium near Liege, Eindhoven and Aachen. The boutiques of Maasmechelen Village, a Chic Outlet Shopping factory stores mall, offer cheap bargains and savings on designer and brand-name fashion labels. Over a hundred shops in this fashion village offer … Read more