This festival of alternative music was founded in 1985, and is one of the most keenly anticipated music events on the Belgian calendar. It features a wide-ranging lineup of rock, pop, hip-hop, electronica and dance music, with the likes of Nirvana, Green Day, Metallica and Björk past headliners.
This annual festival of electronic music is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It takes place annually over a weekend in late July in the small town of Boom near Antwerp, with a list of acts that reads like a who's who of cutting edge electronica and dance music.
This historical festival of folklore is held annually over the three-day period leading up to Ash Wednesday, during which the town of Binche comes alive with colourful processions of marchers in traditional dress. Proceedings come to a climax with the marchers pelting spectators with oranges, considered a sign of good luck.
Famed as the home of Stella Artois, the city of Leuven is a Belgian brewing powerhouse, so it's quite fitting that it should host this annual festival of beer. It's held over a weekend in late April and offers up the chance to try a wide range of Belgium's most prized tipples.
This gigantic festival of music and theatre takes place over a 10-day period in July, with a program of free performances taking place across the city. Established in 1843, it now attracts nearly 2 million visitors making it one of the biggest cultural festivals in Europe.
Also known as Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, this collection of four museums houses some of Belgium's most prized artistic treasures, including an extensive body of works by Flemish masters.
This museum is dedicated to the history and heritage of Brussels, and offers visitors a wonderful collection of paintings, tapestries, sculptures, photos and models from throughout the ages. Housed in a magnificent Gothic building on Brussels' Grand Place, it's worth a visit for the architecture alone.
Located in beautiful Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels, this excellent military museum houses an impressive array of weapons, uniforms and miniatures, but it's the collection of tanks and various aircraft - one of the world's largest - that really steals the show.
Housed in the impressive medieval Cloth Hall building in Ypres, this museum covers the history of World War I as experienced in Belgium. It's home to a fascinating collection of exhibits, as well as various videos and interactive installations to guide you along the way.
This excellent museum of printing is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Established in 1876, it's located in a former 16th century printing house in Antwerp, and amongst its many highlights you'll find two of the oldest printing presses in the world.
Belgium's national dish consists of a pan of fresh mussels, gently steamed in broth - white wine, shallots, butter and parsley is the classic - and then served with fries. Simple and delicious, it's a Belgium travel essential.
This hearty stew of meat and onions is also known as stoverij. It's cooked in Belgian brown beer, which helps give its signature sweet and sour flavour. Served with French fries on the side, it's a staple of Brussels restaurants and a Belgium travel 2015 must-try
This traditional Belgian stew originated in Ghent. It contains either fish or chicken, cooked in a rich and creamy sauce with a variety of vegetables and herbs, and can be found in many Ghent restaurants.
It's difficult to believe that something made from batter could be this delicious, but try a waffle in Belgium and then tell us it's not so! They come in many varieties here, but the rich and chewy liège waffle is the place to start.
Belgium is world famous for its chocolate, and rightly so. Nowhere else in the world will you find chocolate so rich, creamy and delicious, nor so exquisitely crafted. Sorry Switzerland.
A GPS enabled phone - It's easy to get lost in Belgian cities, particularly in the twisty streets of Bruges’s historic center. Pre-load a map on WIFI, then your phone's GPS will keep you right.
A camera - Belgium is almost unbelievably picturesque, and it's home to some of Europe's most incredible buildings. You could fill several SD cards in Bruges alone, so make sure you have some spares!
A waterproof coat - Belgium is notoriously rainy, so don't be surprised if you see a few showers, even in summer!
An adapter plug - Belgium uses European-style 2-pin plug sockets. The voltage is 230V, so you'll need a step-down transformer to use appliances that run on 110V.
Comfortable shoes - You'll clock up some serious miles wandering around Belgium's beautiful cities, and the last thing you want is a blister. Make sure your shoes are up to the job.