Best of Brussels and Flanders in three days #photosabroad #Belgium

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Photo of Best of Brussels and Flanders in three days #photosabroad #Belgium by Tanushree Jain

Belgium, commonly known as the land of Waffles, Chocolates, Mussels and of course Beer, is often underrated on a tourist map. Even I was a bit skeptical if it would be a worthwhile journey for a solo traveller like me. But boy, I am so happy to have experienced the architecture, the vibrant spirit and the culture of this lovely country. Below is a visual glimpse of my travel memoirs:

Day 1: Local sightseeing in Brussels

Welcome to Brussels, check in to your accommodation and then head out for the local sightseeing in the morning itself. Ask your hotel/BnB manager to provide you with the city map and guide. Pick and choose the places that are of interest to you. Most of the iconic sites can be discovered by foot, except Atomium and Mini-Europe, for which one can use the city metro.

On your lucky day, you can also attend chocolate making classes in the city.

For description of major landmarks, hover over the images:

Day 1

Townhall of Bruxelles

Photo of Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

Panoramic view of the iconic city center

Photo of Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

One of the signature sculpture of Manneken Pis

Photo of Manneken Pis, Brussels, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

Sprawling across and Standing upright - Seat of Belgian Monarchy

Photo of Royal Palace of Brussels, Rue Brederode, Brussels, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

An architecturally rich shopping gallery

Photo of Galeries Royales Saint Hubert, Rue des Bouchers, Brussels, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

One of the beautiful points to get a city view

Photo of Galeries Royales Saint Hubert, Rue des Bouchers, Brussels, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

When in Belgium, eat as the locals do!

Photo of Brussels, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

Atomium - a designer landmark building

Photo of Atomium, Brussels, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

Get a miniaturized glimpse of best of Europe

Photo of Mini-Europe, Brussels, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

An illuminated city center

Photo of Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

Day 2: An escorted day tour to historic and canal cities of Ghent and Bruges

Start early in the morning today as it guarantees to be a packed day. You can either book a guided tour to the twin cities of Flanders through a reputed operator or you can make use of Belgian rail network. In case of the second option, take a morning train from Brussels to Ghent and then in the afternoon leave for Bruges (tip: do look out for any travel pass or discounts). Tourist maps are available at the train stations for our convenience. Enjoy the beauty and architecture of both the cities by foot. Return to Brussels in the night.

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Day 2

The first sight of Bruges will surely make your heart skip a beat!

Photo of Bruges, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

Bruges is full of such narrow cobbled lanes with no traffic zones

Photo of Bruges, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

A sunny day is sure to make your trip even more memorable as you enjoy Bruges' famous hot chocolate or freshly brewed beer in this wonderful al fresco setting

Photo of Bruges, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

While in Bruges, enjoy the touristy things as well like the canal tour

Photo of Bruges, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

A sight that is bound to stay in your mind forever

Photo of Bruges, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

Church of Our Lady in Bruges - only place outside of Italy where one can find sculpture created by the magician artist Michelangelo

Photo of Bruges, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

Perfectly symmetrical architecture adds to the charm of this medieval town

Photo of Bruges, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

St. Nicholas' Church - that is my guide explaining the remarkable history of this magnificent cathedral

Photo of Ghent, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

The 91-metre-tall belfry of Ghent - the tallest belfry tower in Belgium

Photo of Ghent, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

The historical Cloth Hall

Photo of Ghent, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

Panoramic view of canal-based city

Photo of Ghent, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

Day 3: A day tour to the diamond capital of the world, Antwerp

Take a morning train to Antwerp and collect a tourist map at the station itself. This will help you plan your day ahead. Most of the city can be covered by foot, but be ready to walk a lot. I feel it's the best way to explore almost all the European city. Do not miss the diamond merchants on both sides of the streets outside the Central station. Return to Brussels by the night for your onward journey.

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Day 3

The mighty city hall

Photo of Grote Markt, Antwerpen, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

The historic port of Antwerp

Photo of Port of Antwerp, Zaha Hadidplein, Antwerp, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

A climb up this castle styled structure will surely give you the best view of this port city

Photo of Port of Antwerp, Zaha Hadidplein, Antwerp, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

More than a mere museum of the famous baroque artist

Photo of Rubenshuis, Wapper, Antwerp, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Photo of The Cathedral of Our Lady, Groenplaats, Antwerp, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

Feel luxury and shop luxury (only if your pocket allows) at this beautifully designed shopping street

Photo of Meir, Antwerp, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

The tallest building in the city, also a modern masterpiece

Photo of Museum aan de Stroom, Hanzestedenplaats, Antwerp, Belgium by Tanushree Jain

Mesmerizing view of the city from the top of MAS

Photo of Museum aan de Stroom, Hanzestedenplaats, Antwerp, Belgium by Tanushree Jain
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