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This page provides a list of the main things to see in Belgium and the Netherlands (Holland). "++" identifies the top attractions.
Belgium

Bruxelles

  • +Grand Place (townhall from 1455)
  • Hotel de Ville in the Grand Place
  • Maison du Roi (1873) in the Grand Place
  • Galerie Royale
  • Joseph Hoffman's Palais Stoclet (1911)
  • Hotel Ravenstein (15th c)
  • +Palais de Justice (1883)
  • Porte de Hal
  • Art nouveau buildings: Old England, Hotel Metropole, Maison Saint Cyr, Van Eetvelde's house
  • Cathedral Sts Michel et Gudule
  • European Parliament
  • Bruparck: Mini-Europe and Atomium
  • Basilique de Sacre Coeur
  • Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale
  • Albert von Huffell's Church of the Sacred Heart (1922)

Brugge/ Bruges
  • Markt
  • Groeninge Museum
  • Memling Museum
  • ++ Belfry (15th c)
  • Halles
  • +City hall
  • Chapel of the Holy Blood (1150)
  • ++Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk/ Basilica of Our Lady (13th c)
  • Hospital of St John (12th c)
  • Begijnhof
  • Minnewater (13th c)
  • Northeast Bruges's canals
  • Jerusalemkerk
  • Kruispoort

Gand/ Ghent:
  • +Cathedral Sint Baafs (1559)
  • +Town Hall (17th c)
  • +Het Gravensteen (13th c)
  • House of Free Boatmen (1531)
  • Abbey of St Bavon
  • +Castle
  • Dendermonde (20 kms from Ghent): Vleeshuis
  • Graslei
  • Sint Niklaaskerk

Antwerp
  • +Town Hall (1561) in Grote Markt
  • Onze Lieve Vrouwe kathedral (16th c)
  • Handelsbeurs
  • +Vleeshuis (1504)
  • Sint Jacobskerk (16th c)
  • Sint Pauluskerk (17th c)
  • +Steen (1521)
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Rubenshuis

Louvain/Leuven
  • Town Hall (1463)
  • St Peter (16th c)
  • St Michael (1656)
  • Groot Begijnhof
  • Bokrijk: Openluchtmuseum

Liege: St Jacques (1538)
Tournai: ++Cathedral (1213) with four-storey nave
Nivelles: +St Gertrude
Oudenaarde: +Town Hall (1537)
Orval: Abbey
Veurne: Grote Markt
Ypres: +Lakenhall (1200)
Netherlands

Amsterdam:

  • ++Van Gogh Museum
  • +Rijksmuseum
  • ++Stedelijk Museum
  • Palace (17th c)
  • Munttoren
  • +Waag
  • +Canals
  • +Oude Kerk
  • Piet Kramer's De Dageraad's building (1923)
  • Hendrik Petrus Berlage's Stock Exchange (1903)
  • JM Van der Meij's Scheepvaarthuis (1912)
  • Oost Indisch Huis
  • Schreierstoren
  • Begijnhof
  • Nieuwe Kerk
  • Koninklijk Palace
  • Sint-Nicolaaskerk
  • Canal: Bartolotti House
  • Canal: Felix Meritis House
  • Canal: 239 Singel, 289 Singel, 319 Keizersgracht, 365 Keizersgracht, 399 Keizersgracht, 409 Keiz., 345a Keiz., 387 Keiz., 403 Keiz.,
  • Canal: 493 Herengracht, 543 Her., 493 H., 497 H., 37/39/57/59/63 Reguliersgracht, 1059/1061 Prinsengracht, etc
  • American Hotel
  • Warehouses of Entrepotdok
  • Gemeentearchief
  • De Dageraad
Den Haag (Haugue)
  • Binnenhof
  • Ridderzaal
  • Mauritshuis
  • Vredespaleis
  • Berlage's Gemeentemuseum/ Municipal museum

Rotterdam
  • Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen
  • Euromast (185 m high)
  • Cubic Houses

Maastricht
  • +St Servaaskerk (11th c), oldest church in the Netherlands with Keizerzaal
  • Onze Lieve Vrouwebasilick/ Church of Our Lady (11th c)
  • Stadhuis
  • Cemetery
  • Generalshuis
  • +Bonnefantenmuseum
  • Helpoort
  • Peter Vink tower
  • Delft: Oude Kerk, Stadhuis,
  • Gouda: St Janskerk (16th c)
  • Hoofddorp: Bus station at Spaarne Ziekenhuis
  • Gouda: Grote Kerk
  • Haarlem: Meat Market (1603), Grote Kerk, Vleeshal, Waterfront, Amsterdamse Poort
  • Hertogenbosch: +Sint Jan Kathedraal (16th c), +Binnen-Dieze, Moriaan, Stadhuis
  • Kampen: Town Hall (1543)
  • Middelburg: Town Hall (16th c), Abbey (16th c)
  • Roermond: Munsterkerk
  • Utrecht: +St Michael (1517), Domtoren
  • Amersfoort: Koppelpoort (15th c)
  • Haar: +Castle (1892)
  • Hilversum: Dudok's Bavink School (1921), Raadhuis/ Town Hall (1931)
  • Sneek Gateway of the Friesland (1613)
  • Noordwijk: Aldo van Eyck's European Space Centre ESTEC
  • Venlo: Town Hall
  • Hoensbrock: Kasteel
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