10 thing to do near Brussels
Belgium is in the Top 100 smallest countries in the world (#61 to be more precise) which makes it the ideal place to make day trips. By staying at The President Brussels Hotel, you are sure to be centrally located and able to see as much as possible of this small yet mighty country. Though there’s plenty to do in Brussels, it is widely different from the rest of the country that is so rich in history, culture and sceneries.
Here are the Top 10 Daytrips near Brussels
(less than 1 hour away)
Ghent, Belgium (Gent)
Ghent (Dutch: Gent) is the second largest city of the East Flanders region after Antwerp. Located at the meeting point of the Leie and Scheldt rivers, Ghent played an import role in Europe from the 11th to the 16th century.
Climbing the Lion’s Mound (Butte du Lion)
Lion’s Mound (Butte du Lion) is part of the 1815 Memorial Museum where you can learn about this important battle that took place in Waterloo, Belgium. You will have to climb 226 steps in order to reach the top of the pyramid where the lion sculpture stands but we promise you, the view is well worth it.
Known as the Diamond Capital of the world, Antwerp (Antwerpen) has a lot more to offer than just diamonds. This city is better known for the great shopping, culture and history. Better yet, Antwerp is sure to please all the foodies out there with its diverse culinary scene. While you are in the Flanders, make sure to visit the world’s only UNESCO World Heritage museum, the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens.
Founded in 1134, Averbode Abbey is rich in history having faced many trials (fires, the plague and even being sold and demolished). Today, Averbode Abbey shines through its culinary activities. Famous for their abbey cheese, on-site baked bread, honey gingerbread and beer. It’s a great place to spend the afternoon in this beautiful scenery while enjoying specialty products.
The stunning medieval town of Bruges is conveniently located less than an hour away from The President Brussels Hotel. You will surely fall in love with the breathtaking Flemish architecture and romantic vibes that Bruges has to offer.
Maasmechelen Village Luxury Outlet
Who doesn’t enjoy a Designer Outlet shopping experience? Maasmechelen Village Luxury Outlet is a shopping paradise with great designer discounts and exceptional variety. Here you will find everything from men’s clothing to home furnishings to jewelry. Located in the province of Limburg, Belgium, Maasmechelen will surely charm you. In this small municipality, you will even find a functioning windmill and carnival museum.
Liège the largest French-speaking city in Wallonia and is the 3rd largest city in Belgium. Here you will find the Liège-Guillemins Train Station signed by Santiago Calatrava and is one of the most beautiful buildings of contemporary architecture. It’s in Liège that you will find the authentic Liège waffles that are adorned with sugar crystals.
Capital city of the Wallonia region of Belgium (French speaking half of Belgium), Namur is well-known for medieval castles, canals and fortresses. Surrounded by two meeting rivers- Sambre and Meune, Namus is a very picturesque and unique city. Make sure to visit the Citadel of Namur (don’t miss the giant golden turtle and its master), St Aubin’s Cathedral, Sladina and Maredsous Abbey when you visit Belgium’s 9th most populated city.