Europe Magazine July 2019

CENTRAL EUROPE

SWITZERLAND

CENTRAL EUROPE

BELGIUM - FLANDERS

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MINOR TOWNS WITH MAJOR PASTS FLANDERS’ STUNNING VILLAGES BREATHE HISTORY

VILLAGES LIKE ON A POSTCARD EXPLORE PICTURESQUE SWITZERLAND

Switzerland seems picture perfect, no? Spoiler alert: It is! Green forests, snow-capped mountains, crystal- clear lakes and charming villages wherever you look. Visit Switzerland and experience how picturesque it is!

Experince La Swiss Dolce Vita

Flanders may be small in size, but it’s a cultural giant. Look at the impact it’s had on history, the arts and heritage. Cities such as Bruges and Antwerp serve as living proof of this incredible cultural influence; an influence you’ll find in Flanders’ many picturesque villages. On the shores of the North Sea, De Haan is one of Flanders’ most beautiful beach resorts and emanates the majesty of the Belle Époque-era. Dating back to the early 20th century, the tram station exudes charm, while the Concessie, a neighbourhood of quaint, white houses, is a must-see. You won’t be the only visitor to fall in love with De Haan: Albert Einstein once spent his summers here, too. Visiting Deurle is like walking into a postcard. The village lies on the Leie river, surrounded by stunning scenery. It’s a magnet for artists, many of whom have small homes there. The Dhont-Dhaenens museum is the perfect place to learn about local and famous Belgian artists, including James Ensor.

most beautiful village in Flanders, it is the incredibly photogenic home to the Castle d’Aspremont-Lynden. Built in 1595, this fortress is full of mystery and history, waiting to be discovered. De Haan, Deurle and Oud-Rekem will give you just a taste of the wonderful little villages in Flanders. There are many more worthy of being discovered.

Did you know that Switzerland has a “Little Italy”? The Ticino in the southern part of the country, where people speak Italian. It’s known for its Mediterranean climate, palm trees and great food and wine. Head to Ascona to experience all of it. Stroll along Lago Maggiore and eat gelati with the Swiss Alps as a backdrop. How does that sound?

Relax in Switzerland’s Biggest Spa Resort

What’s better than a warm, relaxing bath after a day on the slopes or an invigorating hike? Leukerbad, a valley in the Valais, is home to 65 thermal springs, and is one of the biggest spa and wellness resorts in Switzerland. The whole valley is dedicated to well-being and offers various in- and outdoor activities, in summer and winter. Pack your swim gear and let’s go! Have you heard of the children’s story character Schellenursli? If not, it’s about time to get to know him. Guarda, about a one-hour train ride from St. Moritz, is Schellenursli’s home. The village still keeps its ancient traditions, one of which is Chalandamarz. Every spring, the kids chase winter away by chiming big cow bells, exactly the way Schellenursli did it. Go check it out! Visit the Schellenursli-Village

La Swiss Dolce Vita The Schellenursli-Village Switzerland’s biggest spa resort

Deurle: Flemish masters by the river Oud-Rekem: Flanders’ prettiest village De Haan: Beaches and the Belle Époque

Make sure you don’t miss Oud-Rekem. Once voted the

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