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Did you know: In 2016, UNESCO inscribed Belgian beer culture on their list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Beer has been an important part of daily and festival life of Belgian people. Breweries in Belgium are an attraction for travellers from all over the world. Let HEY! Belgium bring you on a beer trip, intertwined with several cultural activities that you can indulge in to live a Belgian life for 3 days!
Day 1: Experience Brussels
Visit the BELvue museum
The BELvue Museum offers a theme-based tour covering Belgium and its history. BELvue chooses to introduce Belgium in seven themes: Democracy, prosperity, solidarity, pluralism, migration, language and Europe. Through modern, visually-pleasing and interactive scenography, visitors learn about the “flat country”, its history, its culture and its specificities.
Visit the Coudenberg Palace
Coming to the Coudenberg Palace, you will enjoy an underground tour discovering the palace of Charles V. You will discover the Rue Isabelle and the old structures of the main buildings of the former palace of Brussels, which are now the foundations for today’s royal district and other fascinating structures with their own stories dated all the way to the 12th century.
Visit the Choco-Story Brussels
The Choco-Story Brussels is the result of an encounter between two families who were passionate about the world of cocoa and chocolate. Visitors will have the chance to learn all about the origins and the making of this precious commodity and taste a variety of the finest chocolate samples.
Dinner at Chez Leon
At the heart of this neighbourhood, the Leon restaurant, temple of mussels and chips, has been in existence for more than 100 years.
Enjoy a 2-course meal at Chez Leon:
- Starter: Tomato filled with Ostend Shrimps
- Main course: Mussels Marinières and Chips
- Free drink: The excellent LEON Beer or a glass of Muscadet
Day 2: Traditional beer experience in Bruges
Visit the Museum of Folk Life
Renovated from the 17th century, the Museum of Folk Life presents a simulation of a village at the time with a classroom, a millinery, a pharmacy, a confectionery shop, a grocery shop, etc. The upper floor is used for temporary exhibitions. You can relax in the museum inn, 'De Zwarte Kat' (The Black Cat) or in the garden, where you can try out traditional folk and children's games on the terrace.
Visit the Brewery De Halve Maan
Take a tour through the wondrous world of beer at the Halve Maan brewery. The brewery tour will show you where and how beer has been brewed and how it’s currently brewed. Once you’ve arrived at the top of the brewery, there’s a 360 view of Bruges for you to enjoy. When you’ve descended along some kettles and barrels, you’ll be treated to a delicious, unfiltered, ‘Brugse Zot Blond’.
Visit the City Hall and Brugse Vrije
The Liberty of Bruges functioned as a court of justice between 1795 and 1984. Today the city archives are stored here. They safeguard Bruges’ written memory. The ticket includes a visit to Bruges’ City Hall, which is one of the oldest in the Low Countries. It is from here that the city has been governed for more than 600 years. Several authentic works of art and documents of the city are displayed in the museums.
Visit the Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres
Bourgogne des Flandres plays a very special role in the Belgian beer heritage. It is a typical example of the Flemish beer blending tradition with old and young beer being mixed judiciously to achieve a perfect balance. The visit will take you to every stage of beer brewery and a full history of this special beer.
Day 3: Beer tasting in Antwerp
Visit the MAS Museum
In the MAS you will become acquainted with Antwerp in the world and with the world in Antwerp. Use all your senses to discover the city’s rich past, the river and the port. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city and be surprised by the many large and small details of this architectural gem. Enjoy the latest temporary exhibition at your pace together with your visit at the MAS.
A Cruise tour with Flandria
Welcome aboard! You can get a breath of fresh air on the outside deck or sit together with your travel partners in the cosy atmosphere of the indoor lounge, as you enjoy the tranquillity of the river and the beautiful view of the Antwerp skyline and the banks of the Scheldt.
Visit the Antwerp City Brewery De Koninck
Explore 10 interactive rooms and discover the history of the brewery, the unique connection with the city of Antwerp and the origin of the iconic De Koninck ‘Bolleke’. Beer is still brewed on-site today; nowhere in the world is it possible to walk through an active brewery the way as you can at De Koninck!
Beer tasting session at Bier Central
Have you always wanted to know more about beer? Come enjoy our beer tasting session for individuals at Bier Central where you get to taste 4 beers on tap: a Bolleke Koninck, a Rodenbach, and a Chimay or Westmalle. With our thoroughly written info sheet, you will know more about the beer heritage of Belgium.