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Ghent, Belgium

The Flashing Streetlights of Ai Nati Oggi

Each time a baby is born in Ghent, these streetlights flash in silent celebration.
Ostend, Belgium

James Ensor House

The former home of a trailblazing surrealist is still filled with haunting dolls and grim paintings.
Mons, Belgium

The Guardhouse Monkey

Petting this mysterious iron monkey supposedly brings good luck.
Ypres, Belgium

Menin Gate Memorial

A moving memorial to the fallen and missing from WWI trenches.
Antwerp, Belgium

St. Anna's Tunnel

Rare wooden escalators lead deep down into an otherwise staggeringly monotonous tiled tunnel.
Leuven, Belgium

Fons Sapientiae

This whimsical statue dumps water on its head to symbolize knowledge flowing into his brain. Or maybe booze.
Ghent, Belgium

Werregarenstraat

This narrow Ghent alleyway is an officially sanctioned street art tunnel.
Leuven, Belgium

Totem

Giant bug impaled on a 75-feet high needle.
De Haan, Belgium

Sandworm

An undulating wicker beast looms peacefully atop a sand dune in Belgium.
Blegny, Belgium

Blegny-Mine

Descend into the tunnels to experience the life of a coal miner.
Brussels, Belgium

Commemoration of Peter the Great's Vomit

When you're a great Russian Tsar, even your vomit gets a statue.
Baarle-Hertog, Belgium

Borders of Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog

A maze of crosses marks the jumbled divide between the Netherlands and Belgium.
Bassenge, Belgium

Fort Eben-Emael

This sprawling Belgian fort was once thought of as impenetrable but now it is simply an abandoned relic.
Ypres, Belgium

Sanctuary Wood

A rare example of World War I trenches from the British front.
Brussels, Belgium

Jeanneke Pis

Brussels' favorite peeing boy has a sister.
Ypres, Belgium

The Yorkshire Trench

In an area where the remnants of WWI are discovered on a regular basis this preserved frontline trench may be the most amazing.
Ypres, Belgium

The Birthplace of "In Flanders Fields"

The site where one of the most famous poems of World War I was composed is preserved to honor the legacy of the work.
Ghent, Belgium

Dr. Guislain Museum

A Museum of Psychiatry in a still-operating mental institution.
Brussels, Belgium

Zinneke Pis

Meet the bronze beloved pet to a family of famous peeing statues.
Brussels, Belgium

Manneken Pis

A little sculpture with a large wardrobe.
Brussels, Belgium

Comic Strip Route

This collection of over 50 murals celebrates Brussels' rich history as the self-proclaimed home of the "comic strip."
Ghent, Belgium

Gravensteen

This fairytale castle was built as a show of power but was nearly torn down thanks to its history of torture.
Brussels, Belgium

The Atomium

Climb inside an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times its normal size.
Brussels, Belgium

Délirium Café

Cozy basement bar sports an inventory of over 2,000 beers.