#Art and architecture
Belgium has made a significant contribution to the evolution of world art, and continues to do so. At the crossroads of different cultures, the country has experienced most of the major European artistic trends.But Belgium has also innovated. On several occasions, the country has been at the forefront of the European scene, and artists such as Van Eyck, Bruegel, Rubens, Jordaens, Memling, or Magritte are recognized by all as masters. You will be struck by the recurrence of Art Nouveau - born in Belgium at the end of the 19th century, which takes place in Brussels, particularly around the Maison Horta - and Art Deco, from which Victor Horta himself was inspired at the beginning of the 20th century to design the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Charleroi's town hall is also a reference in Art Deco. Belgian museums are full of treasures from Flemish primitive art, the Renaissance, the Counter-Reformation or Surrealism, but also from contemporary art and modernism.
Comic strips :
It's bubbling funny in Belgium. The most famous French-speaking comic strips come from it. Some evocative names: Hergé (Tintin), Editions Casterman, Jean Dupuis, Spirou, Boule and Bill, and more recently Philippe Geluck (Le Chat). All of them have the "flat country" as their temple. The Belgian capital is home to the Belgian Comic Strip Centre and numerous murals depicting comic strip heroes, and a Hergé museum has opened in Louvain-la-Neuve. Finally, with nearly 700 comic book authors, Belgium is undoubtedly the country with the most drawers per square kilometre.
The capital of Europe
By its central position in Europe, Brussels demonstrates that the future of the Union lies in Belgium, and the location of many European Union administrations on the spot is a testament to this. As an international city, it is at the heart of an open country, known to prefer consensus to confrontation (although this trend seems to be reversing more and more when dealing with community issues). As the driving force and backbone of the Union, it hosts the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the committees and some plenary sessions of the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions... Welcome to the heart of Europe!
The land of beer
How can we talk about Belgium without talking about its hundreds of beers? Pride of the country, ambassadors of Belgian culture, beer is an integral part of the kingdom's landscape, which includes many craft breweries, Trappists and other abbeys.As a national drink, beer can be drunk on any occasion: during a meal, in a café, in a restaurant, alone or in groups. Because beyond the great names of blond beers such as Jupiler, Maes or Stella Artois, each region produces specific beers locally. Beer routes are also indicated in some areas, such as the one starting from Dinant.The strong taste of Belgians for this drink is explained first of all by the temperate climate favourable to the cultivation of cereals, but also by a microbiological environment favourable to the presence of wild yeasts in the air of certain regions. These yeasts are used to make spontaneous fermentation beers (such as Lambic, Gueuze or Kriek), a process unique in the world. Trappist beers are also famous in Belgium, they are beers brewed by monks in abbey. There are 10 of them in the world, and 6 of them are Belgian.
The good food
While Brussels sprouts are not always unanimously accepted outside France, Belgian chocolate is more popular. Since the Belgian confectionery invented the praline in 1912, chocolate has been a commodity offered in a packaging that has been designed and patented to preserve all its flavour: the ballotin (which, since 1915, replaced the cone, not very practical because the sweets placed inside it were easily crushed). But Belgian gastronomy is also "haute cuisine": a trip to Belgium will therefore also be an opportunity to taste chicory, babeluttes, flamingoes, waterzoois and other caricoles.
Practical guide for you trip to Belgium