While Belgium and France may have a lot of things in common, with the French language being one of the key components, there are also some amazingly unique things to experience in each of these culturally rich European countries. The difference, in the end, could be as clear-cut as beer and wine! So go ahead, read on for which destination is going be a better fit for your personality on your next European vacation.
Visit Belgium if…
You want to see different kinds of cities
Even if you’re not familiar with Belgium, you’ll be surprised at the variety in cities you can experience in just one trip to the country. Start at the capital city of Brussels and check out the Grand Palace and the city center’s very cool bars and restaurants. make a beeline to Bruges to appreciate its amazing ancient architecture while floating down its canals. Make a stop at Mechelen to climb up to the top of St. Rombout Cathedral for a breathtaking view of the city skyline.
You take your beer seriously
Belgium is well known for its brews, and you’ll soon be an expert once you visit many of the breweries around the country to sample its many ales. While you’re in town, also make it a point to talk to the friendly locals and find out where you can go to grab a drink (or three).
You’ve always wanted to live in a castle
Want to feel like royalty? Well, Belgium has a castle that’s waiting for you. It’s interesting to note that the country has the most number of castles on the planet, and you’ll get the chance to visit all kinds of structures with diverse architectural stylings. If you had to choose just one, make time to Gravensteen in Ghent, a 10th-century castle that’s now a museum.
You love music festivals
Whatever genre of music you’re into, there’s bound to be a music festival in Belgium that you’ll find attractive. With celeb artists lineups, state-of-the-art stage shows, and reliable infrastructure, you’re sure to have an awesome time no matter where you go, whether it’s the legendary Tomorrowland EDM festival or the Rock Werchter festival for loud guitar anthems.
Visit France if…
You’re an art buff
France, and Paris in particular, has been the muse for many artists and thinkers over the centuries. You only have to amble through the world’s largest art museum, The Louvre, to realize how much art is a part of the French identity. But it’s not just confined to museums; from the Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower, you’ll see why artists like Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Degas all found great inspiration to create some of their best works.
You like every meal to be an experience
Not for proponents of “low-carb”, French cuisine has been pleasing foodies and expanding waistlines for centuries. France’s love affair with all things made with lots of butter, sugar, cheese, and rich sauces has made the country’s food world famous. You only have to sample some delicious coq au vin, steak frites, or duck confit to figure out there’s something special about the food here, and that every meal, whether it’s just a delicious croissant at a cafe or a fancy foie gras at a restaurant, is an epic adventure for your palate.
You drink a glass of wine every day
Whether you are a connoisseur or just someone who enjoys a good glass of wine every now and then, you’ll find that France’s strikingly beautiful wine regions will deliver. From Bordeaux to Burgundy, you’ll find all the scenic beauty that manages to bottle itself up in astounding Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, and Pinot Noirs.
You want to impress your special someone
Love is always in the air in France, and you can feel the romantic vibes as you walk down the Champ-Elysees or spend time cozying it up in a cafe sharing a hot chocolate. Of course, you and your partner can also make it a memorable trip by getting that epic shot in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower.