Little Towns of Belgium – The Epitomes of National Culture

In virtue of its long history of conquests, king shifts and consistent transforming of surrounding European nations, Belgian people cultivated and ventured to protect its cultural, spiritual and ethnic customs, making them a strong nationwide entity nowadays regardless of the unity of discrepant Flanders on the north and Walloon on the south. The most effective centers of enduring customs are most likely to be satisfied in villages located all over the nation. Besides preservation of architectural work of arts in face of Middle Ages and gothic castles and cathedrals, Belgian settlements can be called also the focuses of folk art, in specific, ancient crafts (lace, carpet weaving, handicraft production paintings, copper utensils, and tanning arms) and legal holidays of local folklore.

In this context, it is essential to present a number of towns of Belgium, which throughout the whole history of the nation effectively kept their position of local cultural centers.


Midway in between Brussels and Antwerpen the town of Mechelen lies, the primary center of carillon music, or to puts it simply, the bell ringing. Especially, the carillon of St. Rumbold’s Cathedral is among the very best and most well-known in Europe. Carillon Bells, an overall of 49 pieces, were cast at different times, beginning with the 16th century to the mid-20th. The biggest bell, referred to as El Salvador, weighes practically 9 loads and there is another at least of the very same weight. The overall variety of bells is 98 systems, and the overall weight is practically 80 lots. This town can also provide you a check out to the Toy Museum, where you might find Barbies’, Lego’s and other collection, and an independently run Clocks and Watches Museum with 1000 watches adoringly gathered for many years.


Turnehout is, virtually, the earliest town (province) in Belgium as it was referenced to by Roman authors in 5th century. Thinking about its long storytelling, there are many locations to check out in this city, amongst which Renaissance building made by the English King Henry VIII. In Middle Ages Torenhout was popular gobelin tapestry center in Europe, which is a distinguishing characteristic of local art craft. Amongst fascinating locations to participate in one must take notice of the Playing Card Museum, which displays particular files dating from 1100 B.C. and initial playing cards (dating from 16th century).


A site of several hostilities, Namur (the capital of Wallon), is mainly represented by substantial fortress, which upgraded and broadened over the centuries. Amongst traveler destinations it is difficult not to check out the FélicienRops museum, which offers a possibility to observe all phases of artist’s life while viewing his paintings, etchings and illustrations. House of Butchers, among the earliest and most remarkable structures in Namur established in 1588-1590 years, nowadays seems a host building of Archaeological Museum of Walloon. Its exhibit consists of an excellent quantity of important artifacts found in the area from the Roman duration and the reign of the Merovingians (the very first dynasty of Frankish kings, who ruled in what is now France and Belgium) to the Middle Ages. The museum shows vases, ceramics, flooring mosaics, and spiritual items found in burial places and homes of the Roman age.


Pekkerstad, Borstelstad or Schoenenstad – these are the labels acquired by attractive town in West Flandria, Izegem. It is among those nationwide settlements, whose craft heart-warming custom ended up being a distinguishing characteristic; in specific, it relates to the brush-making and shoe-making manufacture, the advancement which is displayed in National Shoe Museum. Being an area of traveler location, this facility shows an in-depth way how shoes are made by hand, a history of shoes from the mean of foot defense approximately a sign of eminence and shoe collections of other nations.

More Towns

Mentioning thematic museums it is difficult not to discuss that a great deal of Belgian towns and cities can take pride in having such at their disposal. Tourists may visit Bee-Museum in Esneux (Liege province), Strawberry Museum in Wepion (a strawberry beer under the brand La Wépionnaise is also made here), Chocolate Museum in Bruges, Bird Museum in Brussels and Cycling Museum in Roeselare.