The administrative center of both the European Union and NATO, Belgium struggles with its multiplicity of cultures both internationally and domestically. Straddled between Germanic and Latin Europe, the country is home to both the Dutch-speaking Flemings and the francophone region of Wallonia. Despite its multiple personalities, Belgium is home to many culinary delights including gauffres (waffles), pommes frites (french fries) and most notably, chocolate. With over 500 varieties produced locally, Belgium is also a beer lovers' paradise. Be sure to take in the diverse architecture of the nation’s capital, Brussels, which juxtaposes medieval Flemish constructions with the post-modern buildings of the EU institutions.
TOP 10 HOT EUROPEAN HOTELS Hotel Amigo
This luxurious Flemish-style red brick hotel is just steps from Grand Place square in the heart of Brussels and offers 173 stylish and spacious rooms and suites, many offering views over the city's rooftops.
BOOK A ROOM Hotels in Belgium Planning a vacation to Belgium? With numerous hotels across the country, Belgium has no shortage of great accommodations. These hotel descriptions, ratings and photos should make the selection process that much easier.
STAYING IN Hotels in Brussels
Whether you want just the basics or more luxurious lodgings, Brussels boasts a wide range of hotels. Before reserving a room, check out these hotel reviews, ratings and room photos.
BELGIAN BITES 2012 Year of Gastronomy
The Belgian Tourist Office announced the 2012 Year of Gastronomy, highlighting Belgium as a gastronomic destination. Visitors can tour the city on the Brussels Food Tramway, attend festivities such as the Giant Omelette Celebration and the Soup Festival and much more.
TOP 10 SIPPING BEERS Belgium Holds Its Own
Four Belgium beers sit on this list of brews that share tremendous flavor impact and a lingering, food-friendly finish. The multiplicity of these flavors showcases the diversity of Belgium, a country the size of Maryland that boasts three official languages and wide-ranging population groups.
DRINK UP Spa Water One might think that this water takes its name from the common term for health resorts or natural springs, but actually it's the other way around. First discovered by the ancient Romans, the naturally pure springs of Belgium's Ardennes Valley prompted the community of Spa to become the founders of the international bottled water industry, exporting to the likes of King Henry II of France.
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