A country of different cultures and languages, Belgium encompasses the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders, French-speaking Wallonia and the German-speaking community to the east. Along with enchanting medieval towns and distinctive Renaissance architecture, Belgium is also know for being the home of NATO's headquarters and the European Parliament.
Outside of cities, Belgium has many beautiful forests and lakes and the High Fens have an ethereal quality all of their own. There are also many festivals celebrated around the country, usually colourful and based on local myths. Belgium is also renowned for food, particularly its chocolate, waffles, frites and beer, although there are also several other local dishes well worth trying.