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The United States recorded a total of 45 million tourists in 2020, ranking 4th in the world in absolute terms. The fact that larger countries regularly perform better in a comparison of the absolute number of guests is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of the United States, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.14 tourists per resident, the United States ranked 105th in the world. In North America, it ranked 3rd.
Belgium is a beautiful country with many great places to visit. Discover the most popular tourist attraction in Belgium on your way to get there. Here are some of the places most popular tourist attraction in Belgium.
Brussels is the most popular tourist attraction in Belgium. La Grand Place (also known as De Grote Market), is rimmed by finely preserved guildhalls and other grand buildings that showcase Belgium’s vernacular architecture at its best. One side is dominated by the ornate medieval town hall, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
Grand Place was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding representation of late 17th-century architecture.
Bruges began on the banks of the river Reie, and as it grew, so did a series of waterways connecting it to the Zwin estuary and the North Sea.
Today, the canals are beautiful reminders of Bruges history, and taking a sightseeing cruise along them is one of the most popular ways to explore the city.
Sightseeing boat trips, departing from five docks, dotted along the main canal in the central city, run half-hourly from March to November (and less frequently in the depths of winter) with trips winding down the length of the main canal.
For many visitors, Belgium’s role on the front line of World War I, and in particular the Battlefields of Flanders around Ypres are the main reason for a journey here.
Not only important historically, the battlefields are a major pilgrimage site. The preserved trenches run for kilometers around the town of Ypres, while this area is also scattered with vast cemeteries for the thousands of soldiers who died here.
The Belfry of Bruges is the most popular tourist attraction in Belgium. Among the most recognizable sights in Belgium, this beautiful belfry (officially known as Belfort met Beiaard) dominates the main square of Bruges.
Dating from the 13th century, this medieval era tower is attached to a building that once functioned as the main town market hall and has been wonderfully preserved, allowing visitors a real taste of the architectural might of the Middle Ages.
This hugely impressive fort was once the grand home of the counts of Flanders, who took their inspiration for castle-building from the bulky castles the Crusaders built in Syria.
Today, Gravensteen is one of Europe’s best surviving examples of a moated fortress and has been incredibly well-preserved.