When visiting Europe, Spain and France always cross our minds, but how about Belgium? I am pretty sure that this country deserves more than a flex. Nestled in the heart of Europe, Belgium offers an experience that goes beyond the usual tourist trail. Yes, you might know it for its chocolates, waffles, and beers, but there is so much more to explore in this small yet splendid country.

For those planning to spend a week in this fascinating country, Travelers Today has curated the perfect itinerary that covers the best of Belgium without feeling rushed. If you are a food lover, a history buff, or just looking to soak up some local culture, this guide has got you covered.

Day 1 & 2: Bruges

Start your Belgium journey in Bruges, often called the Venice of the North. The cobblestone streets, medieval buildings, and clear canals set a magical scene. Do not miss a boat tour on these canals for a unique view of the city. The Markt Square, with its bustling cafes and the striking Belfry tower, provides a perfect backdrop for your first Belgian waffle. Take a leisurely walk to the Basilica of the Holy Blood, a chapel that houses a venerated relic. End your day with a visit to one of Bruges' famous breweries to understand why Belgium beer is celebrated worldwide.

Bruges, Belgium
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Day 3: Ghent

Ghent is your next stop, less crowded but equally enchanting as Bruges. Start with the Castle of the Counts, a medieval fortress in the city center, to soak in some history. Then, visit St. Bavo's Cathedral to see the famous Adoration of the Mystic Lamb painting. The Graslei and Korenlei streets offer beautiful views of the Lys River, perfect for a midday walk.

Ghent is known for its vegetarian cuisine, so try something new for lunch at one of the local veggie cafes. In the evening, the lively Patershol district offers cobblestone streets filled with restaurants and bars, capturing the spirit of Ghent's nightlife.

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Day 4 & 5: Antwerp

Antwerp is your next destination, a city known for fashion, diamonds, and art. Spend your morning in the Diamond District, where you can window-shop for sparkling jewels. Then, head to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts to admire works by Flemish masters.

The Zurenborg district is perfect for architecture enthusiasts with its Art Nouveau buildings. For shopping, the Meir is Antwerp's main shopping street, filled with both international brands and local boutiques. In the evening, explore the culinary scene in one of Antwerp's Michelin-starred restaurants. Finally, a nightcap in a cozy bar will show you why Antwerp is a trendsetter in more ways than one.

Antwerp, Belgium
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Day 6: Leuven

Leuven, a city famous for its university, offers a youthful atmosphere and is rich in culture. Begin at the University Library, which shows the strong essence of the structure after its destruction in both World Wars. The Old Market Square is a place for students and provides a lively atmosphere with numerous cafes and bars.

For beer lovers, a visit to the Stella Artois brewery is a must. This is a place where you can dive deep into the brewing process and sample one of Belgium's most famous exports. 

Day 7: Brussels

End your week in Brussels, the heart of Belgium and Europe. The Grand Place, with its gothic town hall and baroque guildhalls, is a spectacle not to be missed. Just a short walk away is the Manneken Pis, a quirky yet iconic symbol of the city. Do not leave Brussels without trying its famous chocolates from one of the many artisanal shops.

For your last dinner, indulge in moules frites, a Belgian classic, in the Saint-Gery district. Your week in Belgium concludes here, but the memories will last a lifetime.

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