What about a short city trip in the south of Belgium? Authentic towns and cities rich in history await you there!
Staying in a town or city provides opportunities for active holidays spent discovering unusual history, a lively cultural life, festivals, shows, events, etc. Nightlife forms a big part of this too: typical or modern bars, restaurants to suit every taste and every pocket, not forgetting all the places where you can let your hair down. A chance to experience authentic life. Make the most of the opportunity to go shopping, too! Our towns and cities have everything you need for this.
Live the life of the local people for a while. Find out about daily life and the cultural wealth of the most beautiful towns and cities in the south of Belgium.
What with culture, heritage, gastronomy and folklore, there is no shortage of experiences all year round.
There are five main cities in the south of Belgium. Each one has its history, its charm, its sights and its delicacies. They are all different, but they are all endowed with an incredible sense of welcome.
Liège is a city on the go day and night. Its people will extend you a warm and friendly welcome.
It benefits from a blend of renovated historical heritage and contemporary structures such as the new Liège-Guillemins Station, designed by famous architect Santiago Calatrava.
Discover the cultural wealth of this city through the Museum of Walloon Life and the Grand Curtius Museum of archaeology and decorative arts. Follow in the footsteps of the famous detective writer, Georges Simenon.
Take part in the folklore of the city, particularly during the Festival of 15 August in Outremeuse.
On Sundays, stroll along the banks of the Meuse during the Marché de la Batte, Belgium’s oldest market.
The capital of Wallonia, Namur nurtures its gentle, middle-class charm. Here you will discover intertwining alleyways lined with boutiques on the banks of the Sambre and the Meuse at the foot of a Citadel bearing witness to 2,000 years of history. Let yourself be carried along by the waves and explore the city differently on board a river shuttle, the Namourette.
Strolling through the pedestrian city centre, you will discover a host of museums, including the Félicien Rops Museum. The city also has ten sites listed as part of Wallonia’s exceptional heritage, including Arsenal and Notre-Dame church. Exceptional heritage that is not to be missed!
In May every year, don’t miss Namur in May, a festival of fairground arts where acrobats and other street performers mingle with one another.
Savour gourmet delights by tasting the famous Wépion strawberries, renowned for their flavour and their presentation.
The snail, the symbol of the city, hints at the need to take your time to explore it.
The city of Mons has welcomed a number of illustrious guests in the past. In 1837, Victor Hugo paid a short visit here. Fifty years later, Paul Verlaine was incarcerated in the city prison. Vincent Van Gogh settled here in around 1880.
Designated European capital of culture in 2015, it is home to a remarkable architectural heritage, including the Saint Waltrude (Sainte Waudru) collegiate church, a masterpiece of Brabant Gothic architecture, or its belfry, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
One essential stage in your visit is the Grand-Place. This epicentre of tourism cuts a noble figure, with its restored façades, its spacious terraces and its paved streets. It also has a wrought iron monkey that brings good luck. So take the chance to stroke its head with your left hand.
And when it comes to folklore, there is the Doudou. This great popular festival attracts 80,000 people every year, the high point being the fight between Saint George and the terrible green dragon.
Known as the City of the Five Steeples, clearly this town can be seen from afar. An old cloth-making city, its tapestries made it famous throughout Europe. The Museum of Tapestry and Textile Arts bears witness to its renown.
Among its numerous attractions you can admire its Grand-Place, packed with remarkable heritage, its narrow pedestrian streets, its Notre Dame Cathedral, the city’s most emblematic edifice, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, its Pont des Trous, the oldest military remains in Belgium, and its Fine Arts Museum housing works by the greatest geniuses (Bruegel, Rubens, Watteau, Monet and others).
When it comes to folklore, Tournai is not to be outdone! Every year, the Carnival invades its streets. This major family event combines all the ingredients of Belgian folklore.
As you will have gathered, Tournai is a city where festivals, gastronomy and folklore mingle.
The south of Belgium also abounds with charming small towns and villages such as Arlon, Bastogne, Bouillon, Chimay, Ciney, Dinant, Durbuy, Eupen, Houffalize, Malmedy, La Roche-en-Ardenne, Rochefort, Spa, Saint-Hubert, Thuin, Virton, Vielsalm and Waterloo. Ideal destinations to recharge your batteries as a family or among friends, offering a wide and varied range of cultural, sports and leisure activities.