Known for its vibrant nightlife, funky bars and restaurants and numerous festivals, Belgians see Antwerp as the “capital of cool.” The Antwerp Fashion Academy produced a group of avant-garde designers who made a big splash on the fashion scene in the 1980’s.
Consequently, they became known as “The Antwerp Six.” Nowadays, the Academy continues to churn out new, hot talent.
If you’re up north in Flanders in August, you can get a Taste of Antwerp at Belgium’s largest culinary festival.
Although Bruges is small, it’s filled to the brim with architectural and artistic treasures, folklore, chocolate shops and lace boutiques. One popular place in the city is The Beguinages, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Just remember that “If It’s Tuesday This Must Be Belgium” was a comedic spoof of American travelers.
It was not a suggested itinerary for the rest of us.
If you’re on a budget buy the discount Bruges City Card or tour the countryside outside the city by bicycle.
Ask a Belgian where they like to travel within their country, many will tell you about the city of Ghent.