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More than 800 people responded to our survey on the theme “Belgians are…”. While “bon vivant” came first, the adjective was closely followed by “modest”, “surreal” and “nice”. But you are undoubtedly curious to find out the full results of the survey, get yourself a magnifying glass because it’s a long list.


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The Belgians are….






Belgium has many tourist sites, the most famous of which include the Atomium, the Villa Empain, Bruges, Manneken Pis and the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken. Discover other, less well known sites that are well worth a detour and have something in common with these unmissable locations!


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The Atomium is a perennial symbol of Belgium. Once you have visited it, you might be tempted to go to Antwerp, the home of the “Havenhuis” (Port House). Its architect, Zaha Hadid, was inspired by the figurehead of a ship and the sides of a diamond when designing the surface of this architectural jewel, which offers a panoramic view of the port.

Outside the Villa Empain, a real art Deco gem, is a swimming pool that would be good to swim in, if only it were allowed. To get over your frustration, you can take a dip in one of the oldest indoor pools, the Van Eyck swimming pool, in Ghent. This one is Art Deco too!