Exploring the Past in the Belgium

The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy that includes a country in northwestern Europe with territories in the Caribbean. About 20% of the country in Europe, often incorrectly referred to as Holland, is below sea level. A further 50% is less than one metre above sea level. For this reason the country's name in Dutch (Nederland), English and many other European languages means 'The Low Countries'. The reason for this unusual geography results from centuries of badly controlled peat extraction. And from the 16th century onwards land reclamation started in earnest - an activity that resulted in industrial sites that are now recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Despite this disruption of the land, the Netherlands still has an extraordinary archaeological and historical record. The oldest evidence of human occupation being from Neanderthal communities living near what is today Masstricht.

Events and Exhibitions 2020

The Rijksmuseum under a dramatic sky in Amsterdam.

Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome
14 February to 7 June 2020
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

This temporary exhibition takes us back to Rome in 1600 when a new aesthetic was emerging. With 60 exquisite artworks the beginnings of the Baroque period in Rome is explored. And a focus on the painter Caravaggio (1571-1610) and the sculptor Bernini (1598-1680).

Map of Archaeology and History Sites and Museums in Belgium

Find the Best Archaeological and Historical Sites and Museums

Belgium is divided into three regions: the Flemish Region or Flanders, the Walloon Region or Wallonia, and the Brussels-Capital Region.

Brussels, the capital city of Belgium

Flanders has five provinces:
Antwerp (Antwerpen in Dutch, Anvers in French): capital city is Antwerpen
East Flanders (Oost-Vlaanderen, Flandre orientale): Gent
Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant, Brabant flamand): Leuven
Limburg (Limburg, Limbourg): Hasselt
West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen, Flandre occidentale): Brugge

Wallonia also has five provinces:
Hainaut (Henegouwen in Dutch, Hainaut in French): capital city is Mons
Liège (Luik, Liège): Liège
Luxembourg (Luxemburg, Luxembourg): Arlon
Namur (Namen, Namur): Namur
Walloon Brabant (Waals-Brabant, Brabant Wallon): Wavre

Four of the Top Tours and Activities in the Netherlands

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Belgium

As of 2019, there are 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Netherlands. Nine of these sites are recognised for their cultural significance, the other (shared with Denmark and Germany) for its natural importance. One of the cultural sites is on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, and covers the historic town and harbour of the island's capital Willemstad. There are a further six sites, including the Roman Lower German Limes, on the tentative list. Full list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Netherlands >>

The Taos Pueblo added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1992.

Mill Network at


D.F. Wouda Steam Engine
Pumping Station

Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the USA.

17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam

One of a number of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, eight of which were added to the UNESCO list in 2109.

Historic area of
Willemstad, Curaçao

The Medieval city walls of Zutphen, northern Netherlands.

Hanzesteden in the Netherlands

In the 14th century, when Amsterdam was only a tiny settlement, many towns in the northern provinces of the Netherlands joined the Hanseatic League. Established as a trading union amongst Baltic Sea ports, joining the league ensured wealth. The Medieval prosperity of these Hansa towns can still be seen in the historical buildings and features from the 14th and 15th centuries - making them fascinating and picturesque places to visit today.
Guide to the Hanseatic League >>

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