With a varied landscape that takes in Ostend's beaches, the charming capital of Brussels and more, Flanders is perfect for both family adventures and cultural escapes. From medieval castles to modern zoos, you'll be surprised at just how much you can do and see in this compact region.
ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILY HOLIDAYS
Located between Antwerp and Brussels, Mechelen is perhaps best known as the home of delicious Gouden Carolus beer, but it also boasts a myriad of family-friendly attractions. Wow your kids with a hair-raising experiment at the Technopolis science museum before exploring one of the largest collections in Europe in the Planckendael animal park. Make sure to pay a visit to the De Maan puppet theatre, where you'll enjoy some visually dazzling productions.
This impressive port city is a central part of the world's diamond industry and offers a fascinating blend of modern and medieval architecture. Take the little ones to Antwerp Zoo, one of Europe's oldest, where you'll spot everything from flamingos to elephants. Fans of Finding Nemo can seek out clownfish and sharks at Aquatopia next door, while a horse-drawn carriage ride departing from the Grote Markt offers the ultimate way to slow down and enjoy the sights of the city.
Lonely Planet named Ghent 'Belgium's Best Kept Secret' for good reason – this medieval city has more than enough to keep the whole family happy. Take a canal tour on a traditional boat to see the sights from a different angle, or let the kids play at being knights at the fairy-tale Gravensteen Castle – taking in the panoramic views from the ramparts too. Check out The World of Kina: the House for fossils, scale models of Ghent and more. The Garden is across the city.
The great Belgian capital of Brussels is practically tailored to entertaining growing minds. Children will delight in hunting down their favourite characters like Tintin and Lucky Luke on the giant street art murals that feature on the city's Comic Strip Walk. A visit to the fabulous Choco-Story gives you a chance to learn about the history of this famous Belgian treat, while those with a love for locomotives should make tracks to Train-World.
Find out more ideas to visit by reading our Flanders travel guide.
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