Housed in a gallery purpose built in the late 1920s near a cluster of other Bruges museums at Dijver 12, the Groeningemuseum ranks among Belgium’s leading art galleries with a collection that covers Flemish masterpieces from the 15th to the 20th centuries.
Pretty, pint-sized Bruges is little over an hour from Brussels, making it the perfect destination for day trips. There’s plenty to do and see in this medieval mini-city of cobbled streets, clocktowers and canals when visiting Bruges from Brussels, and it’s all accessible on foot.
Every year the main museums in Brussels join forces to open late, allowing new audiences the chance to see their collections. In 2014, every Thursday between September 18 and December 12, late-night openings in Brussels museums are happening every Thursday.
Brussels is a gourmet destination, famed the world over for its haute cuisine, fine confectionary, and craft beers; in fact it has more Michelin stars per capita than Paris. So what makes Brussels cuisine so enticing? Here’s a (very brief) food lover’s guide to Brussels.
In these centenary years of World War I, lasting until 2018, there is a special poignancy in visiting the trenches and battlefields of northern France and Belgium. The innovative, hard-hitting and interactive In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres is the place to go to understand the horrors and hardships of the battlefields.
Brussels’s Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgiques (the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium) are found in the Upper Town along rue de la Régence; they are currently being redesigned and when their facelift it complete, the museums will once again be counted among the foremost art galleries in the world. This vast […]
The Flemish Primitives were a band of successful artists painting at the height of the Burgundian power in Bruges in the 15th century, when the city was a thriving port and member of the Hanseatic League. Their chief exponents include well-known names such as Bosch, Pieter Breughel, Jan Van Eyck and Hans Memling, and collectively they headed up an early form of artistic and cultural flowering mirroring the Renaissance in Italy.
Designed to celebrate the half-centenary of Belgium’s 1830 independence, the Cinquantenaire (Jubelpark in Dutch, Golden Jubilee Park in English) was a massive work in progress from the 1870s until well into the 20th century. Extensive gardens surround a triumphal Arc du Cinquantenaire, topped by a bronze chariot and flanked by colonnaded pavilions housing three fine museums; plan to spend the day at the Museums in Parc du Cinquantenaire to do all three justice.
Tyne Cot in Flanders is the world’s largest Commonwealth cemetery. Its serried ranks are beautifully curated by the War Graves Commission, who raise millions of dollars per year to keep all the World War I cemeteries in perfect condition out of respect for the fallen soldiers.