Tips for a romantic holiday in Flanders
February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Couples walking hand in hand, red hearts and roses everywhere. It’s the perfect occasion for a romantic getaway, just with the two of you. But romance shouldn’t be restricted to this one single moment in the year, right? Surprise your loved one with a trip to Flanders, romantic at any time throughout the year.
In our charming art cities, you will enjoy an unforgettable experience, filled with art, beautiful architecture, cultural heritage, delicious food, authentic beers, high-quality chocolate and a touch of romance, of course. Here are some tips to make the most out of your trip.
Antwerp has all the ingredients for a romantic city trip. Visit the Diamond House, since ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, as we all know. Take a romantic picture in the garden of the Rubens House (don’t forget to share it on social media). Taste the exquisite Flemish gastronomy in a former chapel (star restaurant The Jane) or in the sky (star restaurant ‘t Zilte). Walk along the lights of the river Scheldt and go stargazing on the Dageraadplaats. Close the day with a concert in the brand new Queen Elisabeth Hall, absolutely world-class!
Bruges is without doubt the number one romantic hotspot. Take your beloved to the Minnewater Park and declare your love on the bridge over the Lake of Love. The legend says that your love will last forever. Admire the beautiful façades of the Tolhuys, Pijnderhuis and Poortersloge on the Jan van Eyck Square, with this famous Flemish Master from Bruges watching over your shoulder. Enjoy a tasty meal on the Huidevetters Square while some local artists who give it a creative and unique atmosphere.
Belgian chocolate is famous and appreciated all over the world. What’s more romantic than tasting this sweet delicacy together? Or why not visit a chocolate museum or make some chocolate masterpieces yourself during a workshop? Afterwards, you can go for a romantic walk in The Cinquantenaire Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Flanders. Or enjoy an amazing view over the city from the Mont des Arts Gardens. Picture perfect!
Cosy, but vibrant. Ghent is a city with a unique character. Step aboard of a Canadian kayak and take an idyllic trip along the river through the old city centre. A glass of sparkling wine or a local beer and some appetizers make the picture complete. Afterwards, stroll around in the gardens of St Peters Abbey, quiet and relaxing. Nothing speaks more to the heart than music. In the many opera houses, concert houses, bars and concert clubs you will definitely find something that suits your taste.
This university city is home to many hidden romantic spots. Climb the tower of the university library and enjoy a beautiful view over the city. Did you know Leuven is known as Belgium’s brewing capital? Centuries of Flemish tradition and craftsmanship are there for you to discover. Take a look in the Belgian Beer Shop, which offers you around 500 Belgian beers, a perfect gift idea for you loved ones. Wander around and relax in the Botanical Garden (the oldest one in Belgium!), the Great Beguinage (UNESCO World Heritage) and the Dijlepark with its refined bridge and gazebo.
Touch the sky! The St Rumbold’s Tower is Mechelen’s centrepiece. The 538 steps high climb maybe doesn’t sound romantic at first, but the astonishing view over the city is worth it. Recover in one of the cosy cafés on the Vismarkt, sipping some tea, coffee or a local beer. Bursting with energy again? Follow the Dyle Path. It takes you alongside the water, past the old houses, straight to the Botanical Gardens. A green paradise in the heart of the city. And if you’re more into fauna than flora: go to animal park Planckendael and reminisce about your childhood. 40 hectares of exotic animals, beautiful trails and a pleasant atmosphere.
Story created on February 13, 2017