The Markt, or, as it's known locally, "the central square," is full of people walking and cyclists, and it's a good place to start or end your tour of the city. If you want to buy something traditional from this area, I recommend that you visit the market on Wednesdays, from 08.00 to 13.00, because that's the time when it has a lot of stalls offering locally produced products and handicrafts, food and flowers. Cheese, vegetables, prepared foods, especially fruits and chocolate will make it so that you can't not take something home.
The truth is that this bell tower is one of the most interesting local monuments I found in the wonderful city of Bruges. Dubbed "The Belfry", it's a medieval bell tower located in the historic center of the city. If you pay the entrance fee, you can access the 83 meter tall bell tower. You'll have to climb about 366 steps. The Belfry currently consists of 47 bells, which are still in use today.
This Neo-baroque court station was built under the orders of Leopold II. Its elegant lobby and marble stairs make it a very glamorous station. I was impressed when I got off the train, but was a little disappointed by the construction that was happening once I went outside, so I missed out on the exterior. It's right next to the diamond district and the zoo, and a 10 minute walk to downtown.
This place is just behind the Town Hall and the Burg Square. It's more than a square, more so a patio. As a matter of fact originally there were gates at the ends of the square. In the fourteenth century it was occupied by a guild of tanners, but in the fifteenth century they were moved to another location because of the smell of leather. Today there are several restaurants, a hotel (Duc de Bourgogne), and at the end of the square there is a pier from which you can take a boat trip to explore the city (which we could not do because in winter these boats only work on weekends).
During the Middle Ages, Brussels was a fortified city and the Halle Gate was one of the seven gates that allowed access to the city. The eight kilometers of wall were systematically destroyed and razed in the early nineteenth century except for Halle Gate, which was converted into a prison. It has become one of the first museums in Belgium. You can't visit the Belgian capital without passing through the gate, just 20 minutes from what is considered the tourist center of Brussels, the Grande Place, and very close to the main train station, the Gare du Midi.
One of the most important highlights of the city of Antwerp are the guild house buildings. From the Grote Markt itself to the river, within, you can immerse yourself unwittingly walking on a walk through the past surrounded by ancient houses with unique buildings. Their colors, their shapes, their ornamentation ... Everything is striking in that ride that stops time for a moment and you never want it to end.
Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998, this is one of the most spectacular sites in the city of Leuven. Walking through it is something like riding a time machine and hallucinate. It is an old widows beaterio today retains a special aura between these red brick buildings. One imagines riding around on a bicycle with a backpack full of books. It feels very strange but fascinating. It's like a mini-city within another where the clocks stopped many years ago. It is a little away from the center of the city or about 15 minutes or 20 on foot. You can be sure you won't regret it.
Tournai is a small town, which goes unnoticed in Belgium where most of the attention is directed to Bruges, Ghent and Brussels, but there are other cities that are worth visiting, like Tournai, which has an impressive Unesco heritage cathedral, as is its "Befroi" (a bell tower), and also has charming streets and squares. To know more, you'll have to discover it for yourself.
The rabot, construction finished in the year 1941, is a fine example of military architecture. In 1488 Maximilian of Austria tried to conquer the city, taking advantage of the most vulnerable point of the defensive wall. After 40 days of siege, he was unable to get anything up the field. Then the municipal government decided to strengthen the central building with two towers, which can be seen in the pictures.
Here, by the northeastern part of the wall, many mills were located - similar to the typical Dutch windmills, but designed to bail water, rather than grind flour. Four of them remain, including most notably the Koelewei, built in 1765, and relocated to Dampoort in 1996, and the Sint-Janshuis mill, installed in 1770, and is still in its original place. Sint-Janshuis can be visited for 2 € between 9:30 and 12:30 and 13:30 to 17:00 .
The Pont des Arches bridge is the only one of the bridges over the Meuse River that existed during the Middle Ages. It was rebuilt in 1947 and decorated with scenes that are popular throughout Liege. But the most striking and monument is the Fragneé Pont, which was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1905 as an example of the Alexander III bridge in Paris. At each end of it you can see the golden angel playing trumpet on top.
A circular stone tower originally called St. Jacques Tower, since 1999 a World Heritage Site. Work began in 1388, its present appearance dates from the 16 century. After the destruction of the Church of S. Pierre in 1745 and its civic tower in 1841, it was established as a municipal clock, giving order to the opening and closing of the city gates. Now temporary art exhibitions.
Sint-Baafsplein Square has something to admire and photograph from every angle (something normal in Ghent). There are St. Bavo Cathedral, the Town Clock, in NTGent, and, in the centre, a large bell that calls the attention of all onlookers, the Klokke Roeland. This bell was recast in 1660, after Charles the 5th ordered the destruction of the previous on in 1324. The people of Ghent even have a song dedicated to this great bell! In this beautiful place, there are also other embellished monuments, as you can see in the photos.