Brussels by night

You might think that Brussels these days is a highly political city, but there is also no shortage of entertainment and free time options in Brussels. You can try the Belgian and Brussels beers in a typical café or staminee, like they call them. But Brussels also has a large selection of international bars and exclusive clubs.

The favorite pastime of the Belgian is 'go for a beer' with friends in the café around the corner. If the weather is good, this will be 'doing a terrace'. So you will have no trouble finding a cafe in Brussels. Every cafe has its own style and atmosphere. The choice is yours and the beer choice is huge.
If you want to take a few dance steps afterwards, Brussels has more than enough discotheques with different types of music and the hippest DJs. Do you know how to appreciate live music? Then you can go to one of the clubs where concerts are regularly scheduled. Techno fans will find what they are looking for in the Fuse, Zodiak and C12, hip-hop l…

Belgian beer an Intangible Cultural Heritage

Belgium is widely known for its large number of beer types. The history of Belgian beer has its origins in the Middle Ages. International beer experts praise the richness and versatility of Belgian beer.
Breweries in Belgium don't have regulations. Because of this, they use a multitude of ingredients, such as fruits and herbs. Because of Belgian beers such as kriek, a fruit beer, it is often thought that Belgian beer is always sweet. In fact, only a few heavy beers and the fruit beers have a sweet taste. More often the combination of sweet-bitter occurs. The beers from Flanders are acidic to slightly acidic in taste.

In November 2016, UNESCO officially recognized Belgian beer culture as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Belgian beer, the breweries and beer culture in Belgium are so closely intertwined with society that it has also become an integral part of Belgian identity. Belgian beers connect Flemish, Walloons and Brussels residents in a common uniqueness. UNESCO has now offic…

The Rock Strangers of Ostend

This remarkable piece of art is made by Arne Quinze, a Belgian conceptual artist who is best known for his striking art installations in the street scene. The Rock Strangers consists of a dozen metal, bright orange colored "rocks" from 2 to 11 meters high. The strange objects generate an effect on the urban environment and the architectural context. Their characteristic electric orange color contrasts sharply with the environment and underlines the alienating effect. The sculpture attracts people and raises questions: what happens when a strange object pops up in the familiar environment?

As the artist expected, there has been a lot of commotion in the city of Ostend about the location of these striking figures. Most of the local residents were of the opinion that they blocked their view of the sea. 'Rock Strangers' literally and figuratively put passers-by in front of the block. Are we willing to embrace the stranger or not? A judge ultimately had to decide that th…

The cards you play are probably Belgian

The Cartamundi company, previously known as Carta Mundi, Latin for cards for the world, is a producer of card games. The company is based in Turnhout, Belgium and was established in 1970. Now it has eleven factories and thirteen sales offices in Belgium, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, the United States, Brazil, India and Japan, among others. Cartamundi is the largest producer of playing cards in the world.

In addition to pure playing cards, Cartamundi also makes collecting cards and cards for board games such as Cluedo, Risk or Monopoly. The playing cards end up in the stores or are specially manufactured for casinos. As an example, all playing cards and chips in the James Bond movie, Casino Royale, were made by Cartamundi.

The town hall of Antwerp

In the 16th century the population of the city of Antwerp increased fast, as did the amount of work by the mayor and the aldermen. This created the need to replace the former city hall with a new one. Around 1540 the architect Dominicus de Waghemakere was therefore commissioned to draw a design for a new town hall. However, another pricey project, a new city wall was given priority, which meant that the plan for a new city hall was postponed. In 1560 a new design came about, involving architect Cornelis Floris De Vriendt, sculptor Willem van de Broeck, poet Willem van Haecht and the painters Jan Metsys and Lambert van Noort. The intention was to design a town hall in the then new Renaissance style.

To reduce construction costs, the ground floor of the building would consist of retail premises. With the rental of this, it was hoped that part of the costs could be recovered later. The building itself would be placed on the Grote Markt. This square was communal property, and therefore w…

The statue of the heroes of Flanders

Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, two heroes of the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302, are known far beyond the Bruges borders. They were also the heroes in Hendrik Conscience's book "The Lion of Flanders". It is therefore not surprising that the two heroes were immortalized in 1887 with a statue on the Bruges Market square.
Due to friction between the Flemish-minded Breydel Committee and the French-speaking Bruges city council the statue was introduced to the public twice. The first time on 11 July 1887 in Flemish by the Breydel Commission; a second time on August 15, 1887, this time in French and in the presence of King Leopold II.

The pedestal of the statue is by Louis Delacenserie, the architect of, among others, the neo-gothic in Bruges. However, the bronze statue of the two folk heroes is the work of Paul De Vigne, a Ghent sculptor. He learned his trade with his father sculptor Pieter De Vigne who sculpted the statue of Jacob van Artevelde on the Vrijdagmarkt sq…

The largest chocolate factory in the world is in Belgium

The largest chocolate factory in the world is located in Wieze, Belgium. Barry Callebaut produces around 270,000 tonnes a year, from cocoa bean to chocolate, making it the largest chocolate supplier in the world.

In Wieze you will also find the first of the seventeen Chocolate Academy centers that have since been distributed all over the world. A completely new building was recently opened, making the Chocolate Academy center in Wieze the largest center in the world.

The Belgian chocolate sector exports its quality chocolate to the entire world. Two thirds of both the industrial chocolate and the end products are exported abroad. That's because there is a Belgian chocolate code developed in 2007. The Belgian chocolate code must ensure that the term 'Belgian chocolate' is only used for chocolate that actually comes from Belgium.