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The rail trips through Belgium from Arena Rail Holidays are an opportunity to experience the European cultural melting pot that is Belgium. Whether you are looking to drink in the nation’s beautiful scenery, or enjoy the fanfare of their bustling cities, Belgium has it all.

Belgium lies on the east coast of mainland Europe, sandwiched between France, the Netherlands and Germany . It takes its language from these three surrounding countries and, subsequently, has adopted their cultures as its own: Belgium is, in many ways, a smaller, more condensed, and filtered version of its three neighbours. Discover why many consider Belgium to be one of Europe’s hidden gems by setting off on one of our Belgium rail holidays.

Belgium by rail

Travelling through Belgium by rail will allow you to experience all the joy of the country’s vast green countryside in between its beautiful cities. The efficient rail structure in Belgium connects the western Bruges with the central capital of Brussels. It also connects to the nearby municipal of Dilbeek, where the world-famous Floralia flower exhibition is held.

Fantastic cities

Belgium’s capital city, Brussels, is a must-see for those who appreciate the striking architecture and the bold, bright colours of a vibrant but classy city. The equally impressive Bruges, with its spidery canals and charming dwellings, gives Belgium all the charm and appeal of the Netherlands, but with a gentler atmosphere.

Food and drink

A country that is famed for its desserts and treats, Belgium is a haven for those who have a sweet-tooth. Its deep, rich chocolate is a worldwide luxury, while its sticky waffles are available both in restaurants and from street vendors. Belgium’s Trappist beer — brewed in six monasteries across the country — is a regular winner at the World Beer Awards, so be sure to sample the local produce during your visit.

Rich cultural history

As Belgium is a trilingual country, it is very culturally diverse. Cultural norms from French, German and Dutch communities have merged to create something entirely unique. The Belgian contribution to the gothic and baroque schools of art is particularly notable — it is perhaps most evident in their religious art. Belgian mythology is also celebrated in the Carnival of Binche, a festival where people wear wax masks and hats made of ostrich feathers.

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    Bruges & Lille Christmas Markets

    27 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019

    All aboard to France and Belgium on this festive break by rail! Explore some of the very best Christmas markets as we spend time in Bruges, famous for its spectacular canals and medieval centre, and Lille one of France's largest markets with over 800 stalls. Treat yourself to the scenery and enjoy a medley of markets.

    4 days from £395
    Ref: REBRL0419

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