The crux of the problem, as it often is, is political.The country is divided into two ethnic regions, Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north and French-speaking Wallonia to the south.Arguably, it’s Europe’s most beautiful medieval square.If you’re a chocoholic make your way to Place du Grand Sablon and its numerous chocolate shops.Although this is a major political conundrum for the Belgians, for the traveler it’s inconsequential. In other words, focus instead on the cornucopia of culture, historical places and beautiful towns and cities throughout the country.Visit Brussels, the self-proclaimed “Capital of Europe,” and wander around the magnificent Grande Place.The historic center of Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is closed to cars, making it easily explored on foot.
Although Bruges is small, it’s filled to the brim with architectural and artistic treasures, folklore, chocolate shops and lace boutiques. One popular place in the city is The Beguinages, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If you’re up north in Flanders in August, you can get a Taste of Antwerp at Belgium’s largest culinary festival.
Also visit Oostduinkerke on the Flemish coast for the shrimp festival in June, and Bruges Kookeet food festival every September.
An imaginary east-west line that bisects the country at Brussels, divides the two regions.
Consequently, Brussels is a city claimed by both the Flemish and the Walloons.