Right next to Markt Square (the main square) and by Breidelstraat Street, it's a much smaller place than the Markt, but it's no less beautiful. Here you'll find some very important buildings in Bruges, such as: City Hall, the Basilica of Holy Blood, and the Palace of Justice (now called the Museum Het Vrije Brugse). It's beautiful at any time of day.
In this square one can find the church of Santa Catarina, which is in very bad condition, almost without restoration. This church blends Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles together into one. On the left side is a fountain, and also a number of restaurants specializing in fish. During the winter, it has a big Christmas market. It was the song of Jacques Brel: "Brussels", which led me to the Place Sainte-Catherine. This place, especially on weekends, has kept all its charm and authenticity. The best to have a snack on Sunday morning in one of the bars in front of the church.
At one time, this was the city's most political and social area. It was for the elite in entertainment, where there were parties, and conflicts were resolved. Since 1863, the statue of Artevelde James, who became a Ghent hero after managed to resolve the embargo on the importation of English wool to the Belgium, has been located in the centre of the square. Thanks to his performance, the problems hampering the textile industry were resolved, which had a big swing. When the people later found out that Edward III of England was not fulfilling its promises, riots broke out again, and Altevelde was killed. Today the statue built in his honour points toward England, the land that gave him glory and then brought him to his grave. The buildings in this square are from the eighteenth century, except Toreken (home town of socialists), which is from the twentieth century.
On one side of Notre-Dame de Sablon in Brussels lies the Place du Petit Sablon. This square is shaded by lush trees and is full of fountains, flowers, statues and benches, offering a little pocket of tranquility amid the bustling Sablon neighborhood and its chocolate shops, antique shops and delis. It is surrounded by forty-eight columns and at the top of each column is a statue that represents one of the guilds of the sixteenth century. It is a beautiful place to escape the hordes of tourists all year round.
The Old Market Square of Leuven is the meeting place for many people who enjoy terraces at sunset. The square is quite large and is within walking distance of the train station, so there is a continuous movement of people. It is about 10 mins walk from the liveliest part of Leuven, near the Town Hall.
This is where all the Royal Museums of city are located. For seven centuries, it was the site of a castle, after Coudenberg's former palace, the seat of power for the Dukes of Brabante. The place subsequently underwent numerous transformations. Today there is a statue of Godefroy de Bouillon in the center, constructed in 1848 by Eugène Simonis, and there is the church of Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg. In virtue of the Royal palace, I recommend to not give up searching for the remains of the churches of the old Palace of Brussels.
I passed by the new Flagey place in August, and truthfully, as travellers commented earlier, it is a nice place. Leaving behind the more tourist places like the Grand Place, you get the feeling that you are entering the real Brussels, with more local people. In fact, on the day that I went it was very hot, and the kids were playing with water jets that flowed from the floor in the center of the square. Mums that were looking after the children were sitting on giant benches and chatting with each other. We should also mention the "baraque à frites" or "friterie" potato chip factory which was recommended by a Belgian staying ... And yes it's not a lie lie- it's worth spending two euros to get some delicious potatoes to savor in the square or along the pond that goes around it!
I think that Handschoenmarkt is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life, and it's a little forgotten about because most tourists in Antwerp are looking for the main square, which is adjacent to this. It is very central and quiet, especially for the amount of people and tourists visiting this place. It is a triangular square facing the cathedral. Handschoenmarkt is named after the old market where they sold gloves, which was certainly needed during the area's cold winter in January. There is an iron-detailed well in the square attributed to Quentin Metsys. The houses surrounding the square are charming and there are also lots of cafes and shops within the square where you can enjoy a delicious drink in the warmer months surrounded by its beautiful environment.
It is the hub of the city and the typical square found in most Belgain cities. Of course the most important buildings of the city are in the square. From City Hall to the cathedral itself, located just on the opposite side. The statue of Margaret of Austria is found in the square as well. Furthermore, as is typical, the main square is flanked by a handful of restaurants that once filled out the little sun terraces sidewalks offer undoubtedly the best views of the entire city. It is a must-see in this beautiful city of Flanders.
This pedestrian plaza may make you believe that you are deep in Italy, especially the baroque church, built by the architect Rubens, that is found here. Just opposite is the library, with a statue of Hendrik Conscience, the Belgian novelist. The place is very cozy and everywhere inside is worth seeing.
This is the hub of the city, and home to the greatest building, the Palace of the Prince Bishops. In its time, there was a large cathedral, though now nothing remains, only a few metal poles to remind one of its location. Also within walking distance is the fountain of Perron, the town hall, the many shopping centers with the same name and the Archéoforum, which reveals the remains discovered under the Place Saint-Lambert. Its 9,000 years of history immerse the visitor in an underground tour that combines the discovery of the past with contemporary technology.
The belfry of Tournai has the distinction of being the oldest in Belgium! From below, it's impressive enough, but you really have to go up. The view from the top is well worth the euro it costs. You have a breathtaking panorama of the city. Located on the Grand Place, right in front of the tourist office, this is a must see in this small Walloon city. Halfway up, you have the chance to take a breather and watch a short film about the monument's history.
This large square flanked by the facade of the University of Leuven Library, is another of the attractions of the city. The University, by the way, is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe. It taught Erasmus. Another curiosity about this place is the sculpture in the center of the square, a huge beetle carved into a kind of giant needle.
When you first arrive in Antwerp, after passing Meir Boulevard, you find this huge square, and the first thought you have (especially if you have visited other Belgian cities) is: "Aha, here's the Grote Markt". However, it's not. This is a different square. In fact, the other square is much more open. Actually, this is a typical meeting place for locals and, of course, for tourists. In the centre, there is the ubiquitous statue of Rubens. On the sides, there are terraces. And in the background, the cathedral presents itself as the building that you will remember the most out of everything in the whole city.
La Grande Place, Mons is the square where the Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville) is located. It's nice and sunny and from here to can try a Kriek (a beer with raspberry or cherry juice or other fruit, typical of Belgium) or eat at any of the many excellent restaurants and cafés in the square. Then you can go down the Grande Rue, do some shopping in the lovely shopping shopping area and take dessert or a snack at any patisserie.