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    1. Belgian coast: Atlantic wall

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    Atlantic wall: The Atlantic wall is one of the leading attractions at the Belgian coast and one of the three museums in the Provincial Domain of Walraversijde. The over 60 bunkers, observation posts and artillery positions and the 2 km of open or subterranean corridors constitute one of the best preserved parts of the infamous German Atlantikwall. This defence line was built by the Germans during the second World War from the French-Spanish border to Norway. Click here for more information.

     

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    2. Momignies museum + Hitler’s bunker
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    Museum ‘Duty of memory’ Lieutenant Cook: September 2nd, 1944, the Lieutenant B. CooK (U.S. ARMY) pushed the door of the small cowshed with some soldiers to cook eggs offered by a farmer. Suddenly, he heard an explosion near the cowshed. He rushed to the window and was shot in the head at random by a German soldier. Lieutenant Cook would be the first liberator, the first ally, fallen to the field of honor for the liberation of Belgium. You can also discover the battlefield with its 12 symbolic graves, its monument, the Patton tank, and admire France and Fagne from this exceptional point of view. Click here for more information.
    Hitler’s Bunker: Brûly-de-Pesche is a hamlet near Couvin, in southern Belgium's Namur province, situated in the Walloon region. For varying reasons, this place is both sinister and pleasantly stimulating at the same time. Sinister, because Adolf Hitler maintained his military headquarters and bunker here in 1940, at the time of the Fall of France. His headquarters was known as the Wolf's Lair (French: Ravin des Loups). But it is also interesting that the woods at Brûly-de-Pesche, concealed Belgian partisans, assisted by the Allied armies, in their struggle against the invaders of Belgium. The bunker now accomodates the Museum of the Resistance. Click here for more information.

     

     

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    3.Open air museums
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    Walraversijde Archaeological Museum: The lost fishing settlement of Walraversijde is one of the most important archaeological sites in Flanders and one of the best-studied medieval fishing communities in Europe. The four reconstructed fishermen’s dwellings were reconstructed with original medieval bricks excavated from the site. The archaeological site takes you to a fascinating interactive museum where very diverse and excellently preserved medieval objects give a clear picture of life in the village and the archaeological survey. Click here for more information.
    Herba Sana: Navigate a superb route of 9 km in a kayak on the waters of the Amblève and discover the Belgian Ardennes from a new angle. Then, return to your departure point either by mountain bike or by bus. There also many others activities. Click here for more information.
    Malgré-tout Museum, Prehistory park:Go back in time. Enter the life-size reconstructions of the dwellings of the prehistoric hunters. Discover the area in the footsteps of our ancestors, from the Neanderthals to the Gallo-Romans. Don't miss the temporary exhibitions. Click here for more information.

     

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    4. The lakes of Eau d’Heure
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    The site with the largest lake area in Belgium and is located in the South-Western part of Belgium, close to the French border. It consists of five water planes separated by dams and containing almost stagnating water, which leads to a particularly fragile ecological balance. This is a perfect family destination, offering a variety of activities such as swimming, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, rowing, rafting and deep-sea diving. In the heart of the "Lakes of L'eau d'Heure", you can find an unique realization named The Golden Lakes Village. This village is based on a new life-style, concept of living with every comfort, enjoying yourself and to recharge your batteries in complete harmony with nature. Click here for more information.

     

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5. Belgian castles – Top 5
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Castle of Beloeil: Named “The Belgian Versailles”. Since the XIVth century the domain of Beloeil has been the residence of princes de Ligne. The park is 25 ha large and forms with the castle one of the most beautiful curiosities of Belgium. In each room, ancient furniture and unique pieces testify of the glorious history. This splendid framework lends itself for organizing festivals and prestigious events. Click here for more information.

  1. Franchimont Castle: Built in the 11th century on a spur blocking the valley of the Hoëgne, Franchimont Castle has imposing ruins which are worth a visit. Built around a rectangular courtyard, the original fort is still quite visible. If you visit this site, make sure it’s on the 17th and 18th Augustus. Indeed, the castle dives back for the weekend into the medieval atmosphere. Costumes, texts, dances, music, decorations are returned as in this time. Furthermore, everything’s exchanged in currency of medieval period. Click here for more information.
    Buillon Castle: Bouillon is a small town (pop 5,500) at the Belgian-French border famous for its enormous medieval castle, once owned by the notorious Duke Godfrey of Bouillon, leader of the first crusade. The present fortifications were built between 1050 and 1067 by Duke Godfey III. Louis XIV of France took the Castle after a 20-day siege and parts of the fortifications were altered by Louis XIV’s famous architect Vauban. Click here for more information.

  2. Gaasbeek Castle: Located just outside Brussels amidst the gently rolling hills of the Pajottenland. The medieval castle had an eventful past and evolved from a strategic stronghold into a spacious country house. One if its most famous owners was the Count of Egmond. The current building was redesigned in Romantic style at the end of the 19th century thanks to the eccentric Marquise Arconati Visconti. A visit to the castle will stimulate all your senses. Concerts and events are also organized, so there is always something to do here. Click here for more information.

  3. Modave Castle: Built beginning in 1658, the Castle of Modave is an extraordinary residence, whose design incorporates medieval-style towers, as well as features that were completely new at the time. Inside the castle, where about twenty richly decorated and furnished rooms are open to the public, one may admire remarkable ceilings, beautiful sculptures, paintings, Brussels tapestries and furniture dating from the 18th century. Click here for more information.

 

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