Belgium has its strong point of its tourist attractions in the beauty of some historical cities such as Bruges (Brugge), Antwerp and Gent. Centers that in the Middle Ages were among the most important merchant cities of the continent and that have preserved their historical centers almost intact. These historic centers are characterized by medieval Gothic-style buildings, bell towers, towers and churches that manifest the wealth of commerce and inhabitants during the time of great splendor in Flanders.
WONDERFUL HISTORICAL CITIES
Even the capital Brussels has a wonderful historic center dominated by the splendid Gran-Place which overlooks buildings of great historical interest. These include the Town Hall, in Gothic style, the guild houses and the Maison du Roi. But Belgium has many other interesting and historically rich cities, including Leuven, Mechelen (Malines), Mons, Wavre, Namur, Liège, Arlon, Charleroi, Dinant, Tournai, Tongeren, Ostend, Ieper.
Belgium offers many ideas for a trip, in addition to the historic cities, which are the first tourist attraction for a trip to Belgium. Among the tourist attractions of Belgium are the forests and valleys of the mountainous Ardennes region. Some seaside resorts on the North Sea coast. Interesting caves like those of Han. Finally with some very important mining sites in Wallonia.
Unesco has inscribed several Belgian sites on the list of World Heritage Sites. They are mainly historical cultural sites. These include the historic center of the most beautiful Flemish city, that of Brugge (Bruges), included in the list in 2000. Among the other sites there is also the beautiful Grand Place of Brussels (Brussels) and the majestic Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Tournai.
The classic bell towers (Beffrois) of many Belgian locations are also part of the UNESCO list. As well as the Flemish beghinages (béguinages, begijnhof), which are small historical buildings used in the Middle Ages by lay female members of religious associations called Beguines. In 2012, the main mining sites of Wallonia also became part of the world heritage list. Then later the architectural works of Le Corbusier and the beech forests of the Carpathians and other regions of Europe (in Belgium the Soignes Forest) were also added.