Over the years there have been a few luminaries who have been known to be from Belgium. One is Herge, the legendary cartoonist who created the famous comic character Tintin and the other is Hercule Poirot, a fictional detective created by the crime writer Agatha Christie. But fear not, Belgium has much more to offer to the traveller, from its UNESCO-recognised sites, astonishing architecture, theatre and the most fun museums you will ever visit.
The region was inhabited by the Germanic and Celtic people before the Romans invaded the country, somewhere around 100 BC. Merovingian kings took over the place in the 5th century, the Carolingian Empire followed in the 8th century. Successions and power struggles followed for centuries, of which the 1830 Belgian revolution was a major event. The German invasion of Belgium during both the two world wars was another event leading to the killing of more than 40,000 Belgians during World War II. But the country found its feet post the war and has never looked back since.
The three main languages of the country are German, French and Dutch. Catholics make up more than 58% of the population, a considerable 27% of the population is non-religious, other Christians make up 7% of the population and 5% of the population are Muslims.
There is nowhere to pinpoint the Belgian influence on its cuisine that is a mix of beverages, dessert and fried items. Beer is guzzled a lot, waffles are popular so are French fries and chocolate. The basin, plateau and coastal plains are the three main distinct geographical areas. The temperature can go down to 3 degree Celsius in winter, the highest annual temperature is 18 degree Celsius, usually in July.
Over the years there have been a few luminaries who have been known to be from Belgium. One is Herge, the legendary cartoonist who created the famous ...