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First World War in Flanders: Visiting Hooge Crater Museum

First World War in Flanders: Entrance to the Hooge Crater museum

Have you ever been to some of the First World War trenches? Or do you have an idea what the ‘trench art’ is? Although I’m not a huge First World War enthusiast, spending a weekend in Ypres definitely sparked an interest to learn more about that dark period of the world’s history. And we decided to explore it more by visiting Hooge Crater Museum, one of the most interesting First World War museums in Flanders.

The Best Weekend Trips to Flanders – Belgium

Leuven city center and amazing architecture

After living in the Netherlands during the last six years, my favourite weekend trips from the Netherlands are still to Flanders. That charming region of Belgium has it all: cute historic towns, wonderful artists, a fantastic chocolate production, delicious food and some great beers. Being so close to the Netherlands, it could be a great and safe location to travel from the Netherlands in the post-Covid 19 time. After exploring it extensively during the last few years, here are my recommendations for some perfect weekend trips to Flanders.

Weekend in Ghent: 48 hours guide to Ghent

Ghent is a beautiful Belgian town with an amazing old medieval architecture that looks like it hasn’t changed for centuries. However, it’s not a city-museum, but a very lively town, filled with many small cafes, restaurants and some great shops. Because of that fantastic mix, Ghent is definitely one of my favourite Belgian towns. I visited it a few times already and thought it’s finally time to create this weekend guide to Ghent with some fun things to do during your 48 hours in Ghent.

Weekend in Ypres (with child friendly tips)

View on Ypres main square

Belgium is definitely one of my favourite countries in the world. You can open up a map of it, pick up any town, and there is a big chance it’s going to be gorgeous, have some fascinating history and, of course, it’s own beer production. That’s why weekend trips to Belgium became a regular thing for my family and me. A few days ago, we’ve spent a weekend in Ypres and were absolutely amazed by its charm, beautiful architecture, and intriguing past.

Celebrating the Year of Bruegel in Belgium

Image of Pieter Bruegel

Angels becoming demons, fish with a belly full of smaller fish, spiders playing the instruments and all the different kind of monsters painted in a most creative way… All of them could be found on Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s paintings and drawings. 2019 marks 450 years since the artist’s death and many museums and cultural institutions are marking the year of Bruegel in Belgium by organising some interesting exhibitions and event.

Weekend in Mons – Belgian town you have to visit

Typical houses and a street in Mons

During my recent search for places related to life and work of Vincent van Gogh in Belgium, I ended up in one of the most unique Belgian towns I’ve ever visited – in Mons. Located in the French-speaking region of Wallonia, it’s a charming little town perfect for a lovely weekend in Belgium. I have spent two days there and here are some of the ideas for things to do and places to visit during a weekend in Mons. Visiting Mons One thing I really like about travelling in Europe is that every single small town has such a rich…

Two Days in Bruges: Exploring Bruges’ Golden Age

Bruges Golden Age

A charming Belgian town of Bruges is one of the rare European cities that looks like it hasn’t changed at all throughout history. It experienced its Golden Age during the 15th century when it was a significant financial, art and cultural centre. Many buildings from that time could be still seen in the city. So, when I was there last week, I focused on exploring the Bruges Golden Age. Visiting Bruges I have been in Bruges many times before. But, I would always visit it on a day trip from Amsterdam and would spend only a few hours in the…