Being one of the most photographed sites throughout the city of Bruges, the Quay of the Rosary is one of the most beautiful sights of this Belgian city with its channel and classic buildings. It looks like a postcard. It is very close to Tanners square and the Fish Market, not even two minutes away. In addition, the main square Grote Markt is five minutes away. From here, there are several hiking tours through the channels, and also throughout the city. Yes, its worth the wait in line. Everything looks like something straight out of a medieval tale, with buildings like castles touching the water, all perfectly maintained. The bridge and the wooden docks are still intact despite their age. You will definitely take more than one photo. Also, the houses and shops are decorated with classic facades. Just down the road from Rozenhoedkaai, around the dock, in Dijver, there is an interesting antique market. I don't know their opening hours, but I was there for several days around 2:00pm. From here you can see the terraces of many bars, restaurants and hotels along the water, it's a perfect place for a drink. There are definitely more views throughout Bruges, but these are the best for sure.
Next to Muelle de los Granos and the Hiervas you can find the Guild House Grain Meters, the Guildhall of the Free Boatmen, the Wheat house ... Each house has its own history but together they are testimony to the huge growth of the economy during the Middle Ages in Ghent. In most of the original buildings only the facades are preserved. Behind some of the facades a new hotel has been built. In one of the two sides (I forget which) you can take a little boat for a ride down the river. It is an ideal place to sit and relax and enjoy a nice view.
Bruges is a beautiful city, but it's probably at its most beautiful when seen from the canals. The boats are very small, and cannot be covered, because some of the bridges are too low for it to be safe. A tour takes about half an hour, and there are only fifteen vessels available, so you should book or buy your ticket upon arrival. The boatmen will narrate the trip in several languages, depending on what you ask for.
Just 9km of Bruges, Damme is a small town which is much quieter and relaxing than Bruges, with fewer tourists which is why I recommend it. iI the weather helps, you can go biking because there's a delightful path by the side of a canal, with meadows and mills. On the way back you can retrace your steps or, if you don't want to pedal anymore, you can get on a boat where you can take the bike and return to Bruges.
No, this is not the Empire State Building - but it is a skyscraper reminiscent of those in New York. In fact it was built and financed by a farmers' union, eager to demonstrate their strength and power. Locals say it was the first European skyscraper, and the name Boerontoren means farmers' tower. Sadly, it now houses a shopping centre, and you can't climb to the top to admire the view.
The old quarries in Tournai have been filled with water, forming lakes surrounded by rocks and vegetation. This is one of the most accessible, with a nice body of water. It's a quiet spot, and you can rent a rowboat for half an hour for 3.50. There's also a barbecue spot where you can grill your own meat.
Just before entering the Grote Market, and the impressive City Hall, this is a strange fountain in honor of Wisdom, which makes it known that Leuven is concerned about the letters and knowledge. Not surprisingly, the reputation precedes campus. It's one of the city meetings-spots, making it easy to find groups of friends sitting right at the foot of the statue, which also is located in the heart of the city, leaving all that you can see very hand.
A couple of months ago I went to Doel. This is a Belgian village located near the Dutch border, almost in a state of neglect, so one can walk through the deserted streets and into empty houses. Only 40 inhabitants, Doel has been devoured by the port city of Antwerp and its need for expansion. On my last visit, there was an event where there were concerts, an antique market and other second-hand things. Reaching Doel from Antwerp, a city where I was staying, it is not easy (at least not by bike) since both locations are separated by 20 kilometers and then a boat ride, without which the road extends 20 kilometers, but I did it and stayed for several hours enjoying the concerts, trivia and taking pictures different. Enjoyed it but when I realized it was 20:30 and I was told that the last ship had sailed. After half an hour of suffering (40 km bicycle with no light at night is not easy) a market a seller agreed to take both me and my bike back home safe and sound, and thus ended my adventure in Doel .