The 10 things you need to do in Belgium

After travelling with P&O Ferries from Hull to Zeebrugge, take some time to explore the exciting country of Belgium. 

While there’s so much to do and see across the country, we’ve shortlisted 10 places you need to visit on your travels. 

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula 

Located on the Treurenberg Hill in Brussels, the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is one of the capital’s interesting landmarks. 

The Roman Catholic Church was most likely built during the 9th century, with the two rounded towers being added in the 13th century by the order of Henry I, Duke of Brabant. 

Bruges/ The Markt of Bruges

Bruges offers a variety of fascinating cultural attractions and is well-known for the Belfry of Bruges. The medieval tower was a former watching post, looking out across the city for fires and other dangers. 

The Markt of Bruges marks the centre of the city, which is home to a provincial court and the belfry. 

Gravensteen

Visit Gravensteen, a historical castle in Ghent, which dates back to the Middle Ages. The building was built in the image of crusader castles that Count Philip of Alsace admired before he joined the second crusade. 

Antwerp Zoo

Antwerp Zoo is a favourite among tourists for a family day out. Enjoy various activities and experience close encounters with penguins, monkeys and more. 

Shopping in Brussels

During your trip to Belgium, make sure you take some time to explore the shopping streets of Brussels, lined with unique boutiques and well-known European brands. 

Chocolate workshop and tasting tours

Experience Belgian chocolate straight after it’s been made at some of the chocolatiers located across Brussels. See how the sweet treats are made and sample pieces of chocolate, before purchasing some to take home with you as a souvenir. 

Ypres

If you’re interested in World War I, Ypres offers a wealth of facts and tales after becoming a central area for battles between German and Allied forces. 

In Flanders Fields Museum 

In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, pays tribute to the soldiers who fought and died during the war. The museum offers a cultural and educational insight through interactive exhibitions and personal stories from the residents of Ypres. 

Mini-Europe

See the entire continent in one day at Mini-Europe, an open air museum displaying iconic buildings from all over the European Union. Around 350 buildings are depicted across this unique museum. 

Musical Instrument Museum 

Music enthusiasts can appreciate the Musical Instrument Museum, boasting over 8,000 instruments on display. The museum is part of the Royal Museums for Art and History.