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The 10 Best Outdoor Experiences You Can Only Get In Belgium

Tomorrowland is one of the most famous festivals in Belgium ©Brussels Airport / Flickr
Tomorrowland is one of the most famous festivals in Belgium ©Brussels Airport / Flickr
Belgium is a small country, but it is full of unique and wonderful activities. Even though the weather in Belgium is not always compatible with outdoor activities, on the rare occasion when the sun is shining, this country offers many activities that adults will enjoy as much as children. Here’s the 10 best things to do as soon as it gets warm outside.

Ride A Cuistax By The Seaside

If you are going to the seaside, you cannot miss the experience of riding a cuistax. The cuistax is a combination of a car and a bike. To ride this car down the coastal boardwalk without any engine, roof, or doors, is a very popular activity in Belgium. You can easily find stores like, Cyclo-Karts, that rent them for one hour or more. You can find cuistax for one person and up to groups of six people.

The Labyrinth

Near the city of Durbuy, which is considered one of the smallest cities in the world, a giant maize labyrinth offers a unique experience for children and adults. The labyrinth is actually a theme park open during the summer, and includes various activities with actors that adhere to that year’s theme. For instance, in 2015 the labyrinth was designed around the story of Peter Pan.

Pairi Daiza

Pairi Daiza is more than a traditional zoo; it is a real travel experience that takes you on a trip around the world. You can discover the architecture, ecology and animals from various regions, all within Belgium. The park has won several prizes including three stars from the famous Michelin green guide.

Panda I ©Mizunoryu/WikiCommons

Summer Festivals

Belgium is one of the countries that hosts the highest number of summer festivals, which are a great way to listen to musical performances outdoors. One of the more internationally renowned festivals is Tomorrowland, which is one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world. Every year, thousands of people travel from all over to witness incredible live music from a range of established DJs and performers. However, Tomorrowland is not the only festival you can enjoy in Belgium; there are many more, such as the Brussels Summer Festival, Rock Werchter and the Dour Festival.

Tomorrowland ©Global Stomping/Flickr

Dinner In The Sky

Dinner in the Sky is a wonderful experience that combines discovering Belgian cuisine and the capital of Europe from above. More than 10 years ago, the first edition of the Dinner in the Sky was organized in Belgium, showcasing the best of Belgian cuisine with leading Michelin rated chefs serving guests who were suspended above Belgium. For the 10th anniversary of the concept, Dinner in the Sky had ten tables hovering in the sky right next to the Atomium.

Dinner in the sky ©Karlis Dambrans/Flickr

Topiary Park

Topiary art consists of cutting a plant in order to create a particular form. The Topiary Park of Durbuy offers a walk dedicated to viewing these beautiful and original topiaries over one hectare of land. In the park, you can see animals in plant version, and also the famous Belgian Manneken Pis.

Topiary ©Donarreiskoffer/WikiCommons

Mini Europe

If you want to travel around Europe in a few hours, Mini Europe in Brussels is the perfect place to go. Here, you can walk around 350 of the most famous monuments of Europe in miniature version. This offers you the opportunity to see the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben in the same day.

Comic Strip Murals In Brussels

Many Belgian comic artists are well known around the world, and some of their comics remain on the walls of Brussels. For instance, you may have the chance to find a Tintin or an Asterix drawing when walking about. It is almost impossible to walk around the city without seeing any of these.

Comics Murals ©Suedehead/Flickr

Flower Carpet Of The Grand Place

Every two years since 1986 a huge flower carpet covers the Grand Place in Belgium during the summer. Brussels’ Grand Place hosts over 600,000 flowers that together represent a detailed drawing. The flower carpet takes four hours to make by a hundred dedicated volunteers.

Flower Carpet ©Amaya&Laurent/Flickr

The Lion’s Mound Of Waterloo

This mound is the symbol of the Waterloo battle of 1815. It was built on the place where the Orange prince, the next king of the Netherlands, was injured. The mound is 40 meters high and the lion that has been placed at the top represents victory. If you are brave enough to go up the 226 steps, you will have the chance to have a beautiful view of the surroundings.