A nation of many cultures at a crossroads. The great news here is that you will get along just fine speaking Dutch or French, even German. But, thank goodness for me, English is widely understood also. Being at the center of Northern Europe explains why it is the home of NATO and the EU.
City of canals
In many ways, the center of Belgium. Geographically, economically, and politically. This is the Capital of Belgium and the home of NATO and the EU.
But, I came here for the history and architecture. From the Grand Place to St Michael Cathedral to the Royal Palace. If you like history, this city is wonderful.
But, you can also shop at the Royal Gallery, hang out in the Parc du Cinquantenaire or the Mont des Arts. There is no shortage of activities in Brussels.
In the NE of Belgium, in the Flanders region, this city is known for its canals. it is connected to the port of Zeebrugge (where I shipped my car from back to the US).
In the center is Burg Square with a 14th century town hall, and you may also visit Market Square with a 13th century belfry.
Beach town on the North Sea coast, highlights by Fort Napoleon built in 1811, and the gothic church of St Peter and St Paul.