Christmas markets are cancelled day after day and the prospect of joyful celebrations gathering all your entourage is dwindling? How about a breath of fresh air, in new places that we too often forget to visit ? Zoom in on 9 preserved places that will clear your head in these gloomy times.
Belgium: 9 secret places
The Bueren Mountain
âLocated in LiÃ¨ge, the name of this mountain is perhaps misleading...however the climbing sensations are there! Will you be fit enough to climb the 374 steps of the Bueren mountain? Go ahead and take up the challenge!
The Bunker at Bruly de Pesche
âNot far from the French border is the former bunker that Adolf Hitler installed in preparation for the invasion of his neighbors in June 1940. The site of Wolfsschlucht, or the Ravine of the Wolf, still shelters the remains of the FÃ¼hrer's passage in the middle of the forest, enough to give chills to history buffs.
The tower of Eben Ezer
âDominating the village of Bassenge north of LiÃ¨ge, the tower of Eben-Ezer, known for being unusual, has attracted more than one curious person. At 33 meters high, it was built in the 1960s from large flint stones and is overhung by four imposing biblical creatures. Today, it houses a private museum.
The hanging gardens of Thuin
âBelgium has not dethroned those of Babylon but we are almost there! Near Charleroi, the city of Thuin offers you a unique show thanks to its suspended terraced gardens. These gardens date back to the medieval past of the city's fortifications and have been replaced by vineyards.
The Ursuline convent in Wavre-Notre-Dame
âLes mains vertes ne voudront pas quitter ce lieu unique ! FondÃ©s au XIXe siÃ¨cle, le couvent des Ursulines et son luxueux Pensionnat de Demoiselles recÃ¨lent un fabuleux jardin dâhiver aux vitraux Art nouveau. Ã dÃ©couvrir de toute urgence !
The transparent church of Looz
âThis masterpiece by two Belgian architects will leave you speechless! Built in 2011 on a hill in Limburg, this transparent church called "Reading between the lines" is a trompe l'oeil that, depending on your angle, disappears and reappears. A tip? Visit it at sunset for an even more captivating effect!
The Japanese Garden of Hasselt
âWho said you had to fly to get a taste of Japanese culture? The city of Hasselt, in Limburg, has the largest Japanese garden in Europe, no less! The landscape is magical and peaceful. It is impossible not to be carried away by the beauty of its flora.
The Bayehon waterfall
âlthough not the Victoria Falls in Namibia, the Bayehon waterfall is the second highest in Belgium! The place is ideal for a picnic in the middle of nature during the summer. The sounds of the water will lull you during your walk. A pleasant and relaxing visit.
The Sahara of Lommel
âYou would never have believed it, would you? And yet, Belgium does have a "Sahara" on its territory. For the anecdote, this arid zone sheltered a former zinc industry which made all the vegetation wither after having been used for a time to test grenades. Today the Sahara of Lommel is home to hiking trails and a lake in the former quarry.
VISION Destinations | December 21
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