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» » » » Belgium ( Koninkrijk België ). A voyage to Belgium, Europe - Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Sint-Niklaas...









Smack-bang in the middle of Western Europe, this compact multilingual country effortlessly blends the historic with the new; from countless castles and medieval belfries to innovative art museums and hip cafes. And with some of the best comfort food on offer, you’ll need to pack an empty stomach for gorging on waffles, chocolate, frites and piles of steaming mussels, all washed down with the country’s famous frothy beer.
Eastern Flanders’s undisputed centre is dynamic Antwerp, a historic port and diamond-trading city currently basking in a third golden age that has made it one of Europe’s more unlikely design and music hubs. Flush with a globally significant fashion, drinking and clubbing scene it may be, but it also retains a small-city friendliness and ease.
Other historic cities on an even more intimate scale include resurgent, reinvented Mechelen, sweet little Lier and self-confident college town Leuven. Lier, Turnhout and lesser-known Diest have arguably Belgium’s best begijnhoven, and lovable Tongeren claims to be Belgium’s oldest settlement.
The towns and cities of this region may be its main attraction, but the southeastern Haspengouw and Hageland do deliver some pretty, undulating hillsides green with orchards and even a few vineyards. And, as always, there are scattered castles to be found lurking in forgotten valleys and villages. Note that here ‘Eastern Flanders’ refers to the eastern half of today’s Flanders region, not that of the historic Flanders county.
Sint-Niklaas ([ˌsɪnt nɪˈklaːs]) is a Belgian city and municipality located in the Flemish province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Sint-Niklaas proper and the towns of Belsele, Nieuwkerken-Waas, and Sinaai.
Sint-Niklaas is the capital and major city of the Waasland region straddling the East Flanders and Antwerp provinces. The city is known for having the largest market square in Belgium. At one point this square also boasted the largest Christmas tree, and the largest easter egg in
Europe.


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