Belgium is a relatively small country. However, this doesn’t make it less interesting. Besides, it is just a few hours away by train from Paris, France. If you plan a trip to Paris, you may want to schedule a visit to Brussels, Gent or Bruges, as these cities have a lot to offer.

One of the coolest things to do in Belgium is to taste their beers. There are literally thousands of beer brands, some of them being famous all over the world. Even monks produce artisanal beers here. You can easily spend one or two weeks tasting them.

Although Belgium isn’t famous for its traditional foods, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity of tasting their mussels. Brussels is full of restaurants and bars offering the traditional mussels and fries.

The mussels come in a huge bucket, and most tourists are willing to try them. Sometimes, you can step into a restaurant and see those buckets on almost all tables.

Apart from drinking and eating, you can also enjoy the stunning architecture of buildings in the old towns of Belgium.

Facades covered in gold and vividly colored paintings, intricate designs and impressive statues are scattered all over the place.

Brussels is famous for its Grand Place, for the Manneken Pis, the statue of a little naked boy, and for the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula among many other such landmarks. Roaming around on the streets is a very pleasurable activity, as well as a great opportunity to take some cool photos.

The Atomium and the Mini Europe park are among the coolest things to visit in Brussels. They are very close to each other. You can easily get there by metro, as they are only a short ride away from the city center.

Once you get here, you should be prepared to spend about half day in the park, taking photos of all those tiny buildings, accurate replicas of the most famous monuments and places in Europe. Although it may look like an activity for children, you can rest assured you’re going to have a lot of fun.

Moreover, a visit inside the Atomium will enable you to admire the panorama of Brussels. There are bars and restaurants on site, so you’ll be able to taste those mussels and chips again, should you miss them.

Gent and Bruges are different than Brussels in terms of architectural style, but they are definitely worth a visit, especially if you like the medieval style. You can easily reach these towns by public transport. However, if you want the freedom of doing what you want, when you want it, you should probably rent a car.

Adventure lovers can go for a kayaking session in the Ardennes. Street art lovers should visit the Doomed City of Doel, a ghost village nearby Antwerp, where most walls are covered in stunning street art.

As you can see, Belgium is far from being a boring place. Its charming towns and villages, and its craft beers and local foods make it one of the biggest tourist attractions in Europe.