Belgium


Described by the Confederation of Belgian Brewers as "Beer Paradise." A country where every beer has an argument for being a style in its own right. The biggest decision you'll have to make is which beer to drink next, such is the quality and diversity of the great beers of Belgium. For this reason many of the Belgian tours concentrate on a particular beer style (e.g. Lambic in Brussels).

Brussels

The term "Shabby Chic" was made for Brussels, a project centuries in the making but as yet incomplete.

The greatest influences on the cityscape are the ornate Gothic buildings in and around the Grand Place; the elegant residences and grand arcades of the Art Nouveau; and the political structures of modern Brussels.

The local beer style is Lambic, spontaneously fermented by wild yeast although only Cantillon remains within the city... more

Antwerp

Antwerp sits on the estuary of the river Schelde and is the largest port in Belgium. It was here in the 1980's that Belgian brewing began its modern revival.

The city is dominated by the de Konninck brewery with it's draught pale ale served in a glass known locally as a "bolleke".

The region around Antwerp is mainly known for Duvel and the abbey beers of Westmalle... more

Bruges

Bruges is a small city with an historic heart composed of medieval waterscapes. One of a number of cities claiming the title "Venice of the North" this is a place that should be on everyone's must visit list.

Add to this the fact that it's in Belgium and has a number of wonderful beer cafés serving a wide range of regional beers and all the elements of a fabulous weekend are in place... more

Mechelen

Between Brussels and Antwerp lies Mechelen, arguably rivalling Bruges in architectural brilliance.

This was the one time home of Hapsburg Emperor Charles V and northern capital of his empire.

On Keizerstraat the palaces of Margaret of Austria and Margaret of York are a testament to the city's 16th Century political significance.

Our base is Belgium's only brewery hotel, Carolus... more

Leuven

Home to the HQ of AmBev, or whatever they are calling themselves these days. Luckily the global giant is not the only source of refreshment in this large university town.

The architectural highlights are on the Grote Markt where the cathedral and impressive Gothic town hall are spectactularly lit at night.

The student population of Leuven is well catered for making for a great party atmosphere... more

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