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Atypical travel destinations in Belgium

I live in Belgium and therefore would like to show you some destinations that aren't the the typical tourist-spots.

by rosanneAbout Me:Traveling from Belgium read more

EuropeBelgium4 days / January 2021

Highs & Lows

Beer, fries, chocolate of course. But also beautiful forests and historical cities.

The weather can be mediocre, it often rains or is gray.

Itinerary Overview

  • 1 Night: Leuven
    City of Stella beer, Historical city centre, Oude Markt aka 'the longest bar in the world' to try Belgian beers or to go out, good restaurants, botanical garden,...
  • 1 Night: Maasmechelen
    nature, sports, wellness
  • 2 Nights: Houffalize
    forests and beer

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Remember to make a reservation if you want to go kayaking because it can get crowded when the weather is nice.

  • How was the food?

    Leuven: Optimist, all the restaurants in de Mechelsestraat and Muntstraat, Fatayer, Viavia, het strand, Palmyra, Otomat, Baracca, Raffat. All these restaurants have goog vegetarian options.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Belgium is bilingual, so pay attention to the destinations you want to visit and see if they speak Dutch of French. In general, people in Belgium speak English as well.

  • Packing tips?

    bring clothing according to the predicted weather, since it can be warm/cold/rainy/dry. Bring a refillable water bottle because the tapwater is healthy.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Trains (nmbs) and buses (de lijn or mivb) are easy to use in or between cities. if you want to visit more rural areas you should rent a car.


  • Hostels: Cube or Blauwput You can also try airbnb, or even visit leuven for a day from a hotel in Brussels, it's only 30 min by train.

  • maasmechelen terhills resort or sleep on a raft in Dilsen-Stokkem, the neighbouring village.

  • One of the many lodges that are being rented on www.ardennesetapes.be