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Exploring Belgium: A Tapestry of Diversity and Charm

Nestled in the heart of Western Europe, Belgium offers diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage. From the vibrant streets of its bustling cities, each with its own unique character and charm, to the serene tranquillity of its countryside. This country beckons travellers with promises of hidden gems, delectable cuisine, and unforgettable adventures. Let Hostelling International help you embark on a journey to uncover the enchanting allure of this beautiful country.

Why not start in  the capital city of Brussels, where medieval architecture blends seamlessly with modern marvels? Wander through the iconic Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and marvel at the ornate facades of guildhalls and the towering spire of the Town Hall. Accommodation is no problem with three HI Hostels to choose from!! 

Venture to the medieval city of Bruges, often referred to as the “Venice of the North.” Check in to Bruges Hostel then leave your bags behind! Lose yourself in the labyrinthine network of canals, stroll along cobblestone streets lined with quaint cafes and chocolate shops, and admire the intricate architecture of the Belfry of Bruges.

The rolling hills, dense forests, and meandering rivers of the Ardennes region is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Hike, kayak or simply unwind amidst the breath-taking natural beauty. A stay at Malmedy Youth Hostel, with its warm hospitality,  is the perfect base to explore the captivating town and cultural heritage.


No visit to Belgium is complete without indulging in its world-renowned cuisine. From savoury Moules-Frites (mussels with fries) to decadent Belgian waffles and chocolate, the culinary delights of Belgium are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Paired with a refreshing Belgian beer brewed according to centuries-old traditions.

Any time leftover? Don’t forget the enchanting beauty of the Blue Forest at Hallerbos, where swathes of bluebells carpet the forest floor in a mesmerising display of colour. Another “well worth a visit” would be Ghent.  With its picturesque canal-side buildings and impressive medieval castle, it’s the perfect blend of history and modern life!

Belgium really is is a treasure trove of diversity and charm, waiting to be explored. So pack your bags, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready for an unforgettable journey through the heart of Belgium with HI Hostels by your side. Busbud also makes things easier for you by offering affordable and convenient ground transportation options, and HI members receive 10% discount with an exclusive code. Simply add the code at the check out and enjoy the ride! Buy a HI membership HERE to receive the code. Happy travels!

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