Belgium

Tips and Articles in Belgium

If Claude and Livine de Beyter weren't so busy being first-class hoteliers, the Belgian government might consider putting them on the payroll as guardians of state secrets. Just look at how successful the couple have been at keeping their Hostelle...
OCCUPATION Conductor HOME BASE Brussels BAROQUE ORIGINS As the founder in 1970 of the Collegium Vocale Gent, Herreweghe, now 57, revolutionized the performance of Bach's cantatas and other vocal works by hewing to the musical style of the period i...
VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast included), just a short walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral, gilded mirrors, boldly graphic wallpaper, and ch...
If you're an avid cruiser, you've probably heard rumblings about freighter travel. But information on this specialized form of cruising is not readily available-- you won't see ads in your Sunday paper, and your travel agent won't have a clue. So ...
Museum Brasserie Beaux Arts Museum, Brussels (3 Place Royale; 32-2/508-3580; lunch for two $110). Portuguese designer du jour Antoine Pinto and Flemish chef Peter Goossens collaborated on this minimalist brasserie serving updated vernacular Belgi...
Poor Brussels. The attention it gets as capital of the European Union and home base of NATO suggests a city of functionaries and bureaucrats: stolid, good for business (and breweries), but hardly the center of style. That moniker belongs to Paris,...
It’s not every B&B that encourages guests to be on intimate terms with the work of Europe’s most avant-garde jewelry designers. Just 20 minutes from Antwerp, and a half-hour from Brussels and Ghent, Galerie Sofie Lachaert (30 St. Jozefstraat, Tiel...
You won’t hear locals bragging about it, but Antwerp’s the best ‘little big town’ in northern Europe,” says Ben Bolduck, the American sous-chef at the Michelin-starred Dôme (2 Grote Hondstraat; 32-3/239-9003; dinner for two $220), the city’s hotte...
Some people's idea of a dream trip is lying supine on a beach for hours and then having a nice dinner. I suppose this sort of thing has its charms, but for me, nothing beats wandering around a drizzly Northern European city staring wide-eyed at gl...
See our slideshow of 10 River Cruises to Remember. A mirage vibrates on the sandy horizon. The scent of African roses perfumes the air. Water buffalo grunt and graze on the grassy banks of the Nile as ancient Pyramids cast their shadows. These ma...
Germany Hefeweizen may be the national mainstay, but the 1809 Berliner Weisse is no ordinary German wheat beer: it has a tart and ultra-tangy flavor. Dr. Fritz Briem Brewery; bierkraft.com; from $6. France Brewer Daniel Thiriez crafts his...