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.
Actually, you can do it well also by horse-drawn carriage.
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.
It was not a suggested itinerary for the rest of us.
The historic center of Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is closed to cars, making it easily explored on foot.
It’s an impressive city, stunningly beautiful and culturally active, that you can also explore by boat along quiet canals.
Just a short walk from the Grand Place is the Mannekin Pis, a small bronze statue of a little boy relieving himself.
The statue, a good example of Belgium’s sense of humor, is given costumes to mark various occasions, anniversaries or events.