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Tour de Bélgica

Tour de Bélgica

Tour de Bélgica

Tour of Belgium (various locations) – held every May in various parts of Belgium, this exciting pro bike race is that country’s answer to the Tour de France. Some professional bikers treat the Belgian event as a warm-up to the better-known (and more rigorous) Tour de France. See the following website for more info on this event: http://sport.be.msn.com/rondevanbelgie/2013/fr/


Tomorrowland

 

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland (Boom) – held in the town of Boom (30 km. north of Brussels, reachable via route A12), this annual musical event (held every late July) attracts major Electro-House and Trance music DJs, such as Avicii, Hardwell, David Guetta, Alesso, Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, and many others. Well over 180,000 attendees went to Tomorrowland. This event is also known for its distinctive carnival-like stages. During a previous event, its main stage included giant oak trees, mushrooms, lasers shooting out of characters eyes and functioning waterfalls. See its website for more info: www.tomorrowland.com


Royal Waterloo Golf Club

Royal Waterloo Golf Club

Royal Waterloo Golf Club

Royal Waterloo Golf Club (1380 Lasne (Ohain), Vieux Chemin de Wavre) — the oldest club in Belgium, founded 85 years ago, moved to its present location at Ohain in 1959, where it’s close to the heart of everything. Within sight of the iconic Lion Mound at Waterloo, it’s half an hour from both the center of Brussels and Charleroi airport. Everything about this sprawling 45-hole parkland complex feels exclusive: the greens and fairways are exceptionally well tended, and no fewer than five holes are visible from the clubhouse terrace. The principal course is the wooded, rolling, trap-laden La Marache, which was extensively redesigned in recent years to restore it to championship standard. Rated as a par 73, it ranks among Europe’s top 200 courses, and the adjacent 18-holer, Le Lion, is almost as impressive. For more info, see its website: www.royalwaterloogolfclub.be

Royal Ardenne Golf Club

Royal Ardenne Golf Club

Royal Ardenne Golf Club

Royal Ardenne Golf Club (Tour Léopold-Ardenne 6, Houyet) — Of all the ‘Royal’ courses in Belgium, Château Royal d’Ardenne is the most deserving of the title. It occupies part of the grounds of a 19th century castle built by King Leopold II. For a time, it was the favourite course of the Belgian royal family, several of whom became club champions, although whether their subjects were trying their hardest to beat them is not recorded. Deep in the Ardennes countryside, south-east of Dinant, the course is one of the hilliest in the region, but the reward for some arduous hauls between tee and green are the superb views for miles around – none finer than the prospect from the Leopold Tower, which contains the clubhouse. Mature trees line many of the fairways, and interesting features along the way include an ancient, ruined chapel and an open-air theatre built in 1889.

Plopsaland de Panne

Plopsaland de Panne

Plopsaland de Panne

Plopsaland de Panne (De Pannelaan 68, De Panne) – this ia Belgium’s top theme park, offering offers over 50 attractions for the entire family. Mayaland, 10 attractions indoor themed Maya The Bee. In the Mega Mindy zone, you rage after the rascals on Jet Skis or the Flying Bikes, and Pirate Pete is waiting at the SuperSplash for an impressive plunge into the bay. Then, of course, there is still Anubis The Ride. Take a deep breath. In just 2 seconds, you reach a speed of 90km/h — you fly to terrifying heights, and race through 3 loops. Adults and Children (1 meter high or above) € 29.99 (€ 32 July/August); Disabled € 17; Seniors (70 plus): € 9,99

Ommegang Festival

Festival Ommegang

Festival Ommegang

Ommegang Festival (Grand Place, Brussels) — Take a seat on the tiered stands or lean on the low barriers and find yourself transported to 1549. Every year, the lavish Ommegang procession commemorates the tribute paid to Emperor Charles V and his VIP guests. Richly-colored costumes, horses, embroidered banners, flag throwing and stilt jousting are always on the menu for this annual event.

Mini Europe

Mini Europe

Mini Europe

Mini Europe (Bruparck B, Brussels) — located at the foot of the Atomium, Mini-Europe is the only park where you can have a whistle-stop tour around Europe in a few short hours. A truly unique voyage ! Stroll amid the typical ambiance of the most beautiful towns of the Old Continent.

 

 

The incomparable chimes of Big Ben welcome you to the heart of London. The gondolas and mandolins will invite you to discover the charms of Venice. Follow the T.G.V. from Paris to the other end of France. You can make the models work yourself: the eruption of Vesuvius, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bullfight in Seville and many more… In total, there are 300 models and sites in a quite unequalled craftsmanship. Also don’t forget to visit the European Space full of interactive multimedia games.

 

Admission: Adult & Seniors (above 60) (€14.20), Children (under 12 years) (€10.60). Schedule varies. Check Mini Europe’s website for more details: www.minieurope.com

 

King Baudouin Stadium

Estadio King Baudouin

Estadio King Baudouin

King Baudouin Stadium (Avenue de Marathon, Brussels) – this 50,000-seat stadium hosts the Belgian national football team, as well as its rugby union team. Aside from such games, the stadium holds pop & rock concerts for U2, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Mylene Farmer, Robbie Williams, Boni Jovi, Depeche Mode, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Hallyday, and other acts.

Hergé Museum

Museo Hergé

Museo Hergé

Hergé Museum (Rue Labrador 26, Louvain-la-Neuve) — this spectacular museum is dedicated to Hergé, the pen name of Georges Remi, who created Belgium’s comic-book hero Tintin (who is perhaps Belgium’s best-known cultural export). The museum, in the university town of Louvain-la-Neuve (30 minute drive southeast of Brussels), is built in the shape of an elongated prism that seems to float on the forest of ancient trees. Construction began on November 7, 2007 to commemorate Hergé’s 100th birthday. Designed by acclaimed French architect Christian de Portzamparc, the Hergé Museum marks the first public exhibition of the artist’s monumental body of work that, until now, had been sitting in bank vaults and studios.

Golf Chateau de la Tournette

Golf Chateau de la Tournette

Golf Chateau de la Tournette

Golf Chateau de la Tournette (Chemin de Baudemont 21, Nivelles) — Situated in the countryside between Ittre and Nivelles, this 300 acre golf club offers two superb challenges, reminiscent of British and American courses. Completed in 1995, the American course (“l’Americain”) designed by Bill Amick, and the English course (“l’Anglais”), the creation of Martin Hawtree and Peter Alliss, offer a contrast between traditional and modern styles. In 1997, a 9 hole beginner’s course (The Orival) was added to the existing facilities.

 

 

The entire artificial English course, laid out on a plateau exposed to westerly winds, resembles an inland links. On this clean-lined course with its broad fairways separated by mounds, players rarely stand on level ground, even after a successful shot. The elevated tee-off positions provide an impressive overview of the holes, the 100 or so directional bunkers and six ponds. The big elevated greens, shaped like amphitheatres set diagonally across the fairways, feature significant slopes. The frontal pot bunkers – real game breakers – force the golfer to seek opening along the slides or to make use of the mounds behind the greens. See its website for more details: www.tournette.com