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The Ultimate Belgian Road Trip

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The Ultimate Belgian Road Trip

Multi-City Trip Through Belgium

Get to know Belgium off the beaten track! Aside from the capital city, we invite you to discover some of the most beautiful and diverse cities in Belgium that you might not know a lot about yet: Leuven and Liège.

Belgium is a small country that can be crossed by train from west to east in three hours or less. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in international importance, cultural diversity, and history. Perhaps even more important for a multi-city trip through Belgium are the numerous opportunities to discover Belgian culinary classics such as waffles, beer and French fries, as well as the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Staying at our Pentahotels in Belgium during your trip will make your stay super convenient and an overall pleasant experience – whether you choose to stay in one place and take day trips to the other locations or move from one city to the next to fully get to know the place. If you are going to or from Belgium by plane, Pentahotel Brussels airport welcomes you right there.

 

Brussels

The centre of Belgium both politically and geographically and home to the EU headquarters, Brussels is a must-see on your multi-city Belgium trip. Whether you choose to stay near the airport or the city centre, the most popular sights are never far away. Go on a shopping tour, visit the many bars and restaurants, or spend a day sightseeing.

The impressive Grote Markt, the small but iconic ‘peeing man’ statue Manneken Pis, and the massive Atomium installation outside the city centre are just some of the monuments that Brussels is known for. For more recommendations, check out our guide for experiencing Brussels like a local.

 

Leuven

Located just 30 kilometres outside of Brussels, Leuven was just voted one of the five top destinations in Europe and the “best open-minded destination in Europe”. Come see it for yourself! Walk among the colleges and historic buildings such as the incredible Gothic townhall and soak up the atmosphere. Not for nothing, Leuven is also often called the Beer Capital due to its excellent variety of Belgian beers and breweries, most famously Stella Artois.

Right around the corner from Pentahotel Leuven, you can visit the acclaimed M Museum which features both contemporary and classical regional art. For some peace and quiet, we highly recommend visiting the botanical garden (‘Kruidtuin’) during your trip. Created almost 300 years ago, it is the oldest of its kind in all of Belgium. If you are interested in history, the Beguinages in the north and south of the city date back to the 13th century and are also well worth a visit.

 

Liège

Liège is a good 30 minutes’ train ride from Leuven away and an hour from Brussels. The city also has its own airport, but the easiest way to reach it when traveling through several cities in Belgium is by train. As the cultural and commercial centre of Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium, it’s a sprawling destination and a paradise for foodies. Make sure to try the unique Liège waffle during your stay if you have a sweet tooth.

A large city with an industrial past, Liège nevertheless has a noteworthy historical centre in the carré area as well as around the Place Saint Lambert and Place du Marché squares. It also offers visitors a huge cultural program all year, from concerts and festivals to theatre and opera. If you want to take a walk in the green, head to Parc de la Boverie with its beautiful museum.

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