The Flemish Region (in Dutch “Vlaams Gewest”) is one of the three official regions of the Kingdom of Belgium. Usually it is referred to as “Flanders” or “Vlaanderen” in Dutch. The official language is Dutch, sometimes colloquially referred to as Flemish.

Flanders is divided up into 5 provinces: Antwerp, East-Flanders, West-Flanders, Flemish Brabant and Limburg

Where is Flanders located?

Flanders region

Geographically, Flanders shares its borders with the Netherlands to the north, France to the west, Wallonia (the French-speaking region of Belgium) to the south, and the bilingual Brussels-Capital Region to the east. This strategic location makes it an ideal starting point for exploring the wonders of Belgium.

Flanders Travel Destinations

The charm of Flanders lies in its vibrant cities, each offering a unique blend of history, art, and gastronomy. Embark on an enriching city trip to discover the cultural treasures of Belgium.

City trips in Flanders

Flanders is home to several captivating cities, each offering a unique blend of history, art, and gastronomy. These cities are perfect destinations for an enriching city trip in Belgium.

All the above listed cities can be easily reached with public transport in less then 2h from Brussels. Traveling in between them is also very fast and convenient thanks to the Belgian railways.

Holidays in Flanders

Flanders is a treasure trove of holiday destinations, catering to diverse interests and preferences.

Flanders Fields and the Belgian Coast are located close to each-other. With Bruges also nearby, these area’s are a perfect holiday destination for car travels from the UK.

Cycling and walking enthousiasts will love the province of Limburg which has an extended cycling-route network allowing you to discover the entire province on bicycle. Walking enthousiasts can discover numerous walking routes through the heath-lands and forests of the National Park Hoge Kempen.

Hidden Gems – Exploring Smaller Yet Remarkable Destinations

Beyond the prominent cities, Flanders is dotted with smaller towns that exude charm and history.

Situated between Brussels and Antwerp, Mechelen is an “Art City” boasting impressive architecture and cultural heritage.

Ypres, located in the Flanders Fields Area, offers a profound glimpse into the region’s World War I history through poignant museums and memorials.

Belgium’s largest coastal town, Ostend, offers a delightful blend of sandy beaches, lively promenades, and cultural events.

Discover the capital of Limburg, Hasselt, known for its traditional Jenever (gin) and vibrant city center.

Accommodation in Flanders

Flanders has many excellent accommodations to offer. Hotels can be found in nearly every city. The big cities and typical tourist destinations also have cheaper hostels available. A popular alternative for romantic citytrips and getaways are smaller Bed and Breakfast’s. They can be found both in large cities as on the countryside. At the Belgian coast side you can also rent apartments and holiday houses.

Public Transport in Flanders

Flanders has a dense public transport network, making it easy for you to travel around without a car. The best and easiest way to travel in between larger cities is by train. Train lines are operated by the national railway company: NMBS/SNCB. All local busses and tram lines in Flanders are operated by De Lijn.

For more information about trains, trams and busses in Flanders; check the Belgium Public Transport Guide


Flanders, with its captivating cities, diverse holiday destinations, charming accommodations, and efficient public transport, offers an unforgettable travel experience. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a culture lover, or a foodie seeking culinary delights, Flanders promises to exceed your expectations. Embrace the vibrant spirit of this enchanting region and embark on a journey that will leave you with cherished memories for years to come.