Belgium Vacation Rentals
Bonjour, Guten Tag, and Hallo! These three words represent a key point for a Belgium vacation rental – the blending of three different cultures into one unique country. With a Belgium vacation rental you’ll feel like you visited three separate countries, each complete with their own culture, food, language, and music. And with Belgium being such a small country, you can experience all of them in the same day!
The Dutch-speaking region of Belgium is called Flanders. Located in northern Belgium, Flanders is home to Antwerp and Bruges. Antwerp is, of course, well-known as the diamond capital of the world and trades more than 70% of the world’s precious gems. The city is also known for very laidback residents who enjoy fabulous food and a fun time! Bruges, on the other hand, is a far cry from the bustling traders of Antwerp. The streets of Bruges are surrounded by historic houses and a glistening canal – it’s easy to imagine yourself back in the Middle Ages while you’re visiting Bruges.
Wallonia is the French-speaking region in southern Belgium, as well as a small German-speaking region near the German border. A must-see in the Wallonia region is the Dinant citadel. This fortress has been around for several hundred years and is still remarkably imposing, despite being solely used as a tourist attraction now. The citadel comes complete with cannons, dungeons, and caves where, it’s said, the entire village hid for eight days in 1994 in order to avoid the war.
And be sure and visit Wallonia during the Carnival de Binche. This is Belgium’s most famous carnival event and occurs every February. During this time, the town of Binche is filled with music, parades, fireworks, and revelers throwing oranges to the spectators. The medieval festival has even been named part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage!
Finally, Brussels is the bilingual capital region of Belgium and is also known as the headquarters of the European Union. In Brussels you will find a true melting pot culture and you can speak with people from all over the world! Be sure and pay a visit to the Manneken Pis while you’re in Brussels. This statue, said to represent the "irreverent spirit" of Brussels is, oddly enough, a bronze statue of a child urinating. Belgians have come up with dozens of stories to explain this unusual statue. Talk to a few locals and pick your favorite!