Here you will find study trips and round trips through the metropolises of Belgium
Take a study trip to Antwerp, the most important diamond trading center in the world! Admire the main sights of Antwerp and visit the Brabo Fountain, the old central station – the “Railway Cathedral”, the Grote Markt (market square), the Diamond Museum, the Cogels-Osylei (boulevard), the Jewish quarter, the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Royal Museum of the fine arts, the Rubens House (Wapper), the Plantin-Moretus-Museum (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the town hall (Stadhuis), the bird market, the zoo, the castle on the banks of the Scheldt (Het Steen) and other monuments that you always have will be remembered. Enjoy your stay in Antwerp as part of a city break!
Discover untouched nature on hiking trails
It is a place full of superlatives, the High Fens. Already under protection in 1957, it is now the oldest and, with an area of around 5000 hectares, also the largest nature reserve in Wallonia. And at 694 meters, the Botrange is the highest point in Belgium. Many protected animal species such as the wildcat, the beaver or the black grouse and rare plants have found refuge here.
A wild and romantic nature park
But far more than the mere numbers, it is the dreamlike nature that makes the well-known High Fens so extraordinary: The wild and romantic high moor landscape is unique in its natural beauty. It is not only the best-known nature reserve in Belgium, but also a gem of the German-Belgian nature park Hohes Venn-Eifel. This extends over North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and the Belgian province of Liège. Travel and study trips to the High Fens are an unforgettable experience in every season of the year: in summer and winter – when there are also many cross-country skiers – visitors to the region are impressed by the unspoilt nature, deep valleys and vast forests.
Hike on wooden walkways through pristine nature
Nature lovers can explore the High Fens and its diverse beauty on numerous hiking trails, some of which lead over wooden walkways. Well-known starting points for hikes in the region are Botrange, Mont Rigi and Baraque Michel.
To protect the landscape as well as the fauna and flora, entering the nature reserve is strictly regulated and divided into four areas. Visitors can move freely in Zone A. It is somewhat more restricted in an area with paths that are marked. Hikers are only allowed to use these paths. The company of a certified nature guide is necessary for Zone C. The fourth area for the protection of nature is completely closed to visitors. Comprehensive information about the High Fens can be found at the Botrange Nature Park Center. Guided tours are also offered here and the center is the ideal starting point for exploring the High Fens.
Charming town full of history
With its current population of around 14,000, Dinant in Wallonia in Belgium is a rather small but well worth seeing city. Two aspects of the place, which is still a popular destination for trips today, are particularly distinctive: Its location directly on the banks of the Meuse and the rocks that surround the rows of houses on the banks of the Meuse. These rock formations, which are thousands of years old, also attract many climbers to the city. The Citadel Dinant, built by the Dutch around 1820, is located on this rock, which towers around 100 m above the town center. In addition, given its size, Dinant has an astonishing number of attractions. Due to its location within Belgium, Dinant can also be reached by Intercity, these connections lead to Brussels and the provincial capital Namur. Ferries also operate on the Meuse, which today only offer excursion ferries. This, in turn, is particularly attractive from the center of the village over to the Meuse. Not least one reason why Dinant is a popular destination for study trips.
Attractions in Dinant
The central building in the center of the village is the Notre-Dame de Dinant collegiate church, which was completed in the 14th century. It is considered to be one of the most culturally important historical buildings in all of Wallonia. Today there is a museum in the citadel above the city, although the building alone breathes a lot of history. Another historical building is the Notre-Dame de Leffe Abbey, built in 1152 on the outskirts of Dinant, which is still used today as a religious building. A famous type of beer is named after this abbey.
History of Dinant
The place flourished as early as the 12th century because of its brass craft, the products of which were made from local raw materials. As early as the 14th century, the name “Dinanderie” was a synonym for brassware in Paris. Due to its great economic power at the time, Dinant also belonged to the Hanseatic League and traded as far as Scandinavia. In 1466, however, the city was destroyed by Charles the Bold, after which many craftsmen and other cities in the valley of the Meuse moved on.
Dinant also has a son who is famous all over the world: Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, comes from this charming little town on the Meuse.