Flanders

Federal Districts of Belgium
Brussels Capital Region - Flanders - Wallonia
Provinces of Flanders 
Province of Antwerp
East Flanders
Flemish Brabant
Limburg
West Flanders
Cities & towns in Flanders 
Antwerp - The biggest town in Flanders, site of Europe's second largest port and center for the diamond industry, Antwerp is a historic city as well as the most fashionable town in Belgium.

Population: 523,248 Aglomeration: +/- 1,000,000
Ghent - The capital of east Flanders can easily compete with the most beautiful cities in Europe. In some places, you can stop in front of each houses like you would for paintings in a museum. Not to mention its many medieval towers. It is also a student city, and unlike nearby Bruges,, a living city rather than a museum.

Population: 260, 341
Bruges
Leuven
Mechelen
Aalst
Kortrijk
Hasselt
Oostende
Genk
By Ruben Alexander

Bike ride to Borgloon

BELGIUM – One Sunday, when it was exeptionally nice weather, I decided to cross one more town from my list of Belgian towns I haven’t visited yet: Borgloon. To do this, I cycled north along the N20 from Liège to Tongeren, where I turned west on to the N79 to Sint-Truiden. I didn’t make many…

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By Ruben Alexander

Sint-Truiden & Landen

BELGIUM – A day trip to Sint-Truiden (FR: Saint-Trond), a town of approximately 20,000 in Belgian Limburg. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised, and that I liked it most of the towns in the region I have visited so far (Aarschot, Tienen, Hoegaarden, Tongeren, Maaseik and Hasselt, all of which I liked…

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By Ruben Alexander

A New Year’s Drive

BELGIUM/FRANCE – What to do on new year’s day? Party until 11 in the morning and sleep for the rest of the day? Visit family and friends? Go for a walk? Or why not go for a 1300 kilometer drive, along as few as possible motorways, and include as many as possible pointless detours? My…

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By Ruben Alexander

Leuven

BELGIUM – Situated about 20 kilometers north east of Brussels, Leuven (FR: Louvain, population: +/- 100,000) is one of Belgium’s most important student towns. The Catholic University of Leuven (which was bilingual until the French-speaking faculties relocated to the purpose-built town of Louvain la Neuve in 1968) is the oldest and biggest university in the…

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By Ruben Alexander

In and Around Enghien

BELGIUM – Twenty five kilometers south-west of Brussels, Enghien is a small town at meeting point of various regions. Situated just on the Walloon (French-speaking) side of the border with (Dutch-speaking) Flanders, Enghien (NL: Edingen) is one of 12 officially bilingual Belgian municipalities outside of Brussels. It is also on the edge of Picardy, which…

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By Ruben Alexander

The Port of Antwerp

When I lived in Antwerp for a year, my favorite area to go for bike rides was the port. Spread out along the river Scheldt (NL: Schelde) for about 25 kilometers (mostly on the eastern bank, where these pictures were made), it is the second largest port in Europe (after Rotterdam), and indeed seems to…

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