Wedged into the middle of the Low Countries, Belgium is perhaps best known as the home of chocolate and chips. But this is the beating hub of European politics, too. And it's got some of the best-preserved medieval towns on the continent – check out canal-babbling Bruges and the eye-watering wonders of Brussel's Grand Place. On top of all that comes a multiculturalism that's rivalled by few. French, German, and Flemish are all spoken in different areas, while glugging Trappist beers in centuries-old monk taverns can go alongside dinners of Moroccan tagine in Ghent, nights of underground jazz in Antwerp, or Irish stouts in the Bruges old town. Deals on cheap flights to Belgium from Australia will usually involve at least a single stopover, and take you to the large Brussels Airport in the capital.
Gorgeous guild buildings with filigreed spires and carved frontispieces surround the Grand Place in Brussels, and hearty Belgian beer bars are never far away.
Enchanting Bruges is for romantic canal rides and moody winter days spent sipping hot coffees on cobbled squares.
Straddling the border between Belgium and France, the idyllic Meuse Valley has treasures like the deep caverns of the Grotte La Merveilleuse and the postcard-perfect town of Dinant.