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Belgium: A Trip to the Past

The Kingdom of Belgium, or just Belgium, is a country located in northeast Europe. It is bordered by Germany, France, Luxemburg, and the Netherlands. Its language is divided; in the north, the people who speak Dutch constitute the 60% of the population. In the south, French is spoken by the 39% of the population. Brussels is officially bilingual. In addition, a 1% of the population speaks a Germanic dialect derived from German. The official languages of the whole country are three: Dutch, French, and German.

The capital of Belgium is Brussels. It is the center of Europe, and the headquarters of the European Union and of the OTAN are here. Among other things, you can visit here the Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Comic Strip Museum, the Beer Museum, the Brussels City Museum, and the Ancient Art Museum.

Another interesting place to visit is Anvers, where you can go to the House of Rubens, House Rockox, the Royal Art Gallery, the Plantin-Moretus Museum, Steen (a medieval museum), the Diamond Museum, the Cathedral, and the Cogels Osylei Street. Other attractive places are Waterloo, Lovaina, Bruges, Damme, Ypres, Gante, Lieja, Tongeren, Namur, and the Ardennes, where you can find the Cathedral and Citadel of Dinant, the underground grottos of Han-sur-Lesse and Rochefort, and the Historical Center of Bastogne.

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