Renting a car for 2 weeks to explore Belgium, what do you recommend as places to see?
There are a number of Belgian cities that you definitely need to see:
Brussels (with the Grand Place which is the nicest square in Europe!)
Brugge (also called the Venice of the North because of its beautiful canals)
Also, we have a beautiful small city called Durbuy in the Ardennes, which is a great place to go for beautiful walks in the middle of nature.
If you like beer, Belgium is known worldwide for its hundreds of beers. I would suggest you follow the link below to learn more about it:
Also, Belgium is THE country of chocolate. Our most famous chocolate maker is Pierre Marcolini. You can see his web site at the following link:
Go to the Sablon shop location, the most prestigious one where you will taste these great chocolate creations. almost 6 years ago
Surely, Brussels besides the square ther are some nice museums. Brugge and Gent are well worth a visit. Also the city centre of Liege is nice. Hasselt is a nice city for shopping and not as expensive as Brussels or Antwerp.
There are numerous nice small villages all over the country. about 5 years ago
Agree Bruges is pretty n a lovely 16th century town lost n rediscovered. Die Swanee is a lovely place to stay. Near here 45 min drive is Maastricht in Neatherland. It's nice.
Brussels centrum area the grand palace area is old n nice. Day trip to Antwerpen is nice. Enjoy! about 5 years ago
Take some time in Bruges, rent a bicycle (easy, flat riding), take an iPad and get a prepaid sim card from Base, then get lost (and never be lost at all due to the iPad's mapping).
Wander through Bruges and find the middle of the 5 windmills. Across the street is a little cafe called (i think) Der Moller, have lunch, then ride along the canals to the tiny town of Damme for coffee. There is a nice working windmill at Damme which does not charge for a visit.
Go past Damme on the bike trails toward Sluis, NL. Be sure to take time to wheel yourself across the canal on the free bike/pedestrian ferry (we went several times for no reason at all).
We haven't found that one "knock out" restaurant in Bruges to go to dinner after a fun day (yet)...guess we'll go back for a third time to keep looking! about 5 years ago
Depending on when you're going, there are wonderfull festivals all around belgium all summer. Currently in Gent there is a big free open air festival. Gent is a must visit anyway, don't miss Gent by night, some amazing postcard pictures! about 5 years ago