Nemo 33 a very deep swimming pool

Nemo 33 is an indoor diving pool facility in Ukkel, Brussels. It held the record as the deepest indoor swimming pool in the world between its opening on May 1, 2004 and the completion of Y-40 in Montegrotto Terme, Padua, Italy on June 5, 2014. The pool's maximum depth is 34.5 metres. It contains 2,500,000 litres of non-chlorinated,highly filtered spring water maintained at a temperature of 30 °C. To do so it uses a highly sophisticated solar powered heater.


The diving pool holds several simulated underwater caves at the 10 metres depth level. Due to the warm temperature in the pool, divers can dive for extended periods without having to use a dry suit. The complex was designed by Belgian diving expert 'John Nuttyheart' as a multi-purpose diving instruction, recreational and film production facility.


The complex also has a shop and a restaurant, you can find it at this address: Stallestraat 333, Brussels.

Speculoos cookies

Most people round the world might know these cookies as the airline cookie, but they hold a dearer place in the hearts of the Belgians and the Belgian cuisine. Mostly made to celebrate the 'St Nicholas day’ feast, these spiced shortbread cookies can be found in the most beautiful sizes and designs.

They can be eaten alone or be used to flavor up some secret recipes, you will have to ask a Belgian what kinds of secrets they got in store. There is even a Speculoos paste to spread on your bread.


When you order a coffee in a Belgian café you most likely will get the little cookie alongside it, they’re very good with a strong cup of espresso. Here is one of the secrets, dip it in your coffee before eating it... do it fast, just to get it soaked and don't let it fall in your coffee... Enjoy!

Castle Belvédère in Laeken

Castle Belvédère, in French: Château du Belvédère is one of the royal residences in Laeken, a town near Brussels. The castle is the official residence of King Albert II and Queen Paola. They have been living in this residence since their marriage and continued to live in this castle, even during his kingship. Their three children, including the current king, King Filip, grew up in the castle but he now lives in nearby Royal castle of Laeken.


The 18th-century castle is built in a classicist style and is located opposite the official Royal castle of Laeken. It was built in 1788 by architect 'Antoine-Joseph Payen' commissioned by the Brussels banker 'Edouard de Walckiers'. Castle Belvédère is one of the oldest buildings of the Royal Domains in Laeken. On October 11, 1927, Princess Josephine Charlotte was born there.

The castle is part of the Royal Belgian Donation and the Royal family and is not open to the public.