Belgium has a long history and a lot of beautiful historical buildings. Visit Brussels, which is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and takes you into a medieval city setting. There, you'll experience world politics up close, and in Antwerp, you'll find wonderful street art and exciting museums.
Here is a short list of places you should consider visiting on your romantic weekend trip.
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
It is one of the most important historical buildings in Brussels. The gothic cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. The current form of the church dates back to as early as the 13th century. However, during renovation work in the 1980s, traces of a Roman church from the 11th century were discovered.
The history of the church goes back even further. It is said to have stood there as early as the 8th century. The interior is flooded with light and bright thanks to 16 large choir windows. Many of the 1200 stained glass windows date back to the 16th century. Life-size sculptures of the twelve apostles are on the columns of the nave.
Also, check out the remains of the Roman church. They are located under the choir and can be visited for a small entrance fee. Overall, this is a great place to visit with your partner and soak in the history of the centuries together.
This is the largest park in the Belgian capital. In medieval times, the park served as a hunting ground for the Dukes of Brabant. When a fire destroyed the park and its castle in 1731, the area remained an overgrown corner until 1775. Only then was the park leveled by order of the city of Brussels and new trees planted.
Today you can stroll along between the Belgian Royal Palace and the Parliament building. A boulevard leads through the 13-hectare park, past fountains, and statues. In the heart of the park is a large pond, from here you also have a nice view of the Palace of Justice.
In summer, Warandepark hosts a variety of open-air events such as concerts or theaters. You can enjoy such an event in the shade of the old trees.
Close to Brussels are other historical cities, for example, Antwerp. If you decide to visit it, go and see the Cathedral of Our Lady. It was built from 1521 to 1690 and is one of the most beautiful Flemish Gothic buildings in the world. It is one of the most impressive Antwerp sights and in addition very romantic.
This is especially worthwhile for architecture and art enthusiasts. For in addition to its special architecture, the Cathedral of Our Lady houses several Rubens paintings. At night, it is illuminated from the outside and thus becomes an impressive meeting place for couples. If this is the weekend you decided to propose, this is a wonderful place to do so. Many people surprise their loved ones by doing so at midnight, getting a flower delivery in Antwerpen, and hiring a local band.
Another one of the oldest buildings in Antwerp we encourage you to visit is the Steen Castle. Located on the right bank of the Scheldt River, the castle served as a prison in the 14th century before Emperor Charles V had it partially demolished and rebuilt palatial.
In front of the castle, there is also a sculpture of the Antwerp folk figure Langer Wapper, which is also worth a look at. The Long Wapper is a character from the legend of Antwerp. It describes a character who could grow to the size of a giant, had a mischievous personality, and frightened the people of Antwerp with tricks and pranks.
Getting back to Brussels, if you want to get to know the colorful nightlife of the city - there is a Café Belga. This is no ordinary café, during the day it serves as a restaurant for young parents and tourists, and in the evening it turns into a popular meeting place for students and young adults. Here, visitors can party until three in the morning with music, dancing, and a relaxed atmosphere.
Brussels City Museum
If you want to delve further into the city's history even further, you can walk straight to the Brussels City Museum, the well-known Maison du Roi. The current museum was rebuilt several times after it was destroyed in the 17th century until construction work was completed in 1896. Take some time to admire the beautiful facade. We recommend also visiting the museum and learning more about the history of the city.
Throughout the year, markets, festivals, and activities of all kinds enliven the city, so it does not really matter which time of the year you choose for a trip. Cozy terrace cafes invite you to enjoy the atmosphere, which is perfect for couples in love.