Wallonia

Federal Districts of Belgium
Brussels Capital Region - Flanders - Wallonia
Provinces of Wallonia 
Hainaut - The most urbanised of the Walloon provinces, Hainaut developed into one of Europe's most important industrial regions in the 19th century. The province is home to historical towns such as Mons, Tournai and Binche as well as post-industrial ones such as Charleroi, La Louvière and Mouscron. The countryside of Hainaut is generally hilly and agricultural, though it is also dotted with woods and traces of its agricultural past (you will, for instance, find a number of boat lifts on its canals). The southern part of Hainaut, around the town of Chimay, is part of the wilder Ardennes region.
Province of Liège - Like Hainaut, the area that is now the Province of Liège developed into one of Europe's most important industrial regions in the 19th century. Before that, the area was part of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège, which was an independent country for over 800 years. This history, which is visible in the city of Liège as well as in numerous smaller towns and villages, still gives the province a very distinct identity. The province also offers its fair share of pleasant countryside, picturesque river valleys and untouched nature, most notably in the High Fens nature reserve. While most of the province is French speaking, the easternmost part substitutes the German-speaking part of Belgium.

Province of Luxembourg
Province of Namur
Walloon Brabant
Cities & towns in Wallonia 
Liège - The center of Wallonia's biggest aglomeration, this city on the Meuse river is the region's main center for education, employement and culture. Though it has a rough, industrial edge, it is also a city of many surprises. Those who take their time to explore it will discover over a 1000 years of history in its winding backstreets. They will also discover a lively city with an almost mediterranean atmosphere and active nightlife.

Population: 197,355 Aglomeration; +/- 500,000
Charleroi - A post-industrial city most known for Brussels South Charleroi Airport, Charleroi has long had a bad name for unemployment and urban decay. Though a paradise for urban explorers, it also offers interesting architecture and surprisingly good restaurants.

Population: 201,593, Aglomeration: +- 400,000
Namur - The capital of Wallonia, Namur is a picturesque little town dominated by its citadel at the confluence of the Meuse and Samber rivers.

Population: 110,939
Mons
La Louvière
Tournai
Verviers
Mouscron
Binche
Wavre
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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Suburban Liège and the Hesbay (1)

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Suburban Liège and the Hesbay

BELGIUM – Situated in the steep-sided valley of the Meuse river, the city of Liège lies at the meeting points of several distinct regions. To the north and west, the craggy landscape surrounding the valley merges with the plateau of the Hesbaye, an empty agricultural region of more gradual hills. The extensive suburbs of Liège…

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Under the High Viaduct

BELGIUM – I have long found the region of eastern Belgium just south of the Dutch border, and just west of the German border, to be particularly interesting. So close to the Netherlands, yet so different, this empty land of hills and old villages seems like time stood still, and feels strangely mysterious to me….

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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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The Original Spa

BELGIUM – Hidden in the wooded hills of the eastern Ardennes, lies the backdrop for stories by Aghatha Christie, a town where the rich and famous (including kings, queens, tsars and tsarinas) used to meet on their holidays. That town is Spa, the place that gave us the word for all resorts with thermal springs….

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