It has seen armies of major empires come and go with its flat landscape being home to the battlefields of Waterloo, Ypres and Passchendale - events which shaped history and Europe today.
The country has seen the production of some of the finest works of art the continent has ever seen. Many of Belgium's cities are works of art in their own right. The simple beauty of historic places such as Ghent and Bruges is unrivaled by many cities in Europe. Meanwhile Brussels is a feast of stunning architecture and renaissance art, which is steeped in history. Home to the European government is has a distinctly cosmopolitan and modern outlook.