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Waterloo - Battle that shaped europe

history   november 2019

There is one battle that changed the fate of Europe in 1815 ... and you find it in little Belgium. Even the swedish music quartet ABBA wrote a song about Waterloo. The lion on the hill is the symbol that reflects the victory over a feared and formidable enemy with exceptional prestige. Beside the famous hill with a beautiful panorama you will...

Travel in style - Fly benelux

november 2019

Do you want to experience the real deal of luxury travel . We can charter your perfect transport even a private jet. Depart, fly and arrive in style. Belgium and the Netherlands have much opportunities for flying private jets. You can fly from Paris to Bruges or Amsterdam to Antwerp. Everything is possible . A private flight brings you where you need...

FRIESLAND - COME SAIL WITH ME

adventure   november 2019

Why not go up north in the Benelux. And discover the Beautiful region of Friesland? Sailing in Friesland is in fact very popular due to the beautiful surroundings and many possibilities. That is why this called the watersports province of the Netherlands. So you are spoiled for choice for a great day in Friesland.  You can hire a luxurious private yacht with...

Tomorrowland 2020 - 16 years of Magic in style

november 2019

Tomorrowland is not just a music festival. It’s a world of Magic and an unforgettable expierence! Why not enjoy this beautiful festival in style?. The Mansion is the ultimate experience in luxury accommodations. Located in the countryside you will be surrounded by nature but still within walking distance of the Tomorrowland festival site. On arrival, The Mansion crew and private butler welcomes...

F1 Zandvoort - Back in business

sports   november 2019

Many racing enthusiasts will not have missed it: from 2020 onwards the Zandvoort F1 Race Circuit Zandvoort will be back on the Formula 1 calendar! In order to meet all requirements, the circuit is subjected to a thorough metamorphosis. In this way you can enjoy Formula 1 sport in the Netherlands after an absence of 35 years. Brilliant Ideas is happy to...

Hotel August - A new stylish address in Antwerp

november 2019

In the newly opened Hotel August Antwerp, the legendary Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen shows his magic architectural skills by transforming  a former Augustinian cloister in a marvelous modern day hotel located in the hidden green quarter of Antwerp. The 40 rooms are a warm homage to the dedicated way of former Augustinian life, with the addition of all modern amenities. Besides...

Outer Space in little Holland

adventure   november 2019

The sky is the limit, but not in the Netherlands! You have always dreamed to be an astronaut and receive your first pair of Astrowings? We have for you the closest simulation that exists of a real space flight! Astronauts that fly up into space and marvel down at the earth say that they are never the same person again. They experience...

Belgian wine - Something else

november 2019

Beside beer, chocolate and so many other Belgian delicacies, there is one that is less known but has to be on that long list. Belgian wine! The Belgian climate is just the limit of what is possible to make wine. Climate warming, new techniques and knowledge have put Belgian winegrowing on the map a few years ago. Discover beautiful and pirorsque vineyards...

Brussels - Dali meets Magritte

the-arts   november 2019

Visit Dali Meets Magritte, the large exhibition at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels. It charts the relationship between two iconic artists, the extravagant Catalan Salvador Dalí and the equally striking Belgian René Magritte. For the first time ever, the connection and influences between these two greatest icons of the surrealist movement are highlighted.The exhibition reveals the personal, philosophical and aesthetic...

Delft - The homeground of Delft Blue

november 2019

Royal Delft is the only manufacturer of Delft Blue since the 17th Century. To this day Royal Delft uses the same method of producing which nowadays is the international standard of Delft Blue. Here, the world-famous Delft Blue is completely hand-painted according to age-old traditions. At the Royal Delft Experience you will discover the complete history and production process of...

ANTWERP - FASHION CAPITAL

fashion   november 2019

The city boasts one of the world's oldest academies and one of the most renowned fashion colleges. Many alumni from the Antwerp Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts belong to the top of the international fashion scene. The academy came to fame with the Big Six - with for example Dries Van Noten and Drik Bikkembergs - but has evolved...

AXEL VERVOORDT - DESIGN GURU

november 2019

The Axel Vervoordt Company is active in the fields of art and interiors & design. From the start, it's always been a family-led business — Axel, May, and their sons Boris and Dick are active in the daily operations with a team of about 100 collaborators.The Company and Axel Vervoordt Gallery are located at a site known as Kanaal — a...

GENK - LABIOMISTA, STUDIO KOEN VAN MECHELEN

the-arts   november 2019

With support from the city of Genk and others, Limburg artist Koen Vanmechelen is creating a fascinating ‘mix of life’ in a bid to establish a new and more sustainable balance between man and nature, a place where biological and cultural diversity can flourish. Known as LABIOMISTA Vanmechelen created a garden of order and chaos, an arena of culture and nature....

GHENT - THE YEAR OF VAN EYCK

november 2019

In 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (MSK) pays tribute to the Flemish Master Jan van Eyck with the exhibition 'Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution'. The museum promises the visitor a once-in-a-lifetime experience that makes the world of Van Eyck more tangible than ever. The MSK revealed a new series of artworks that are traveling to Ghent. And the...

MECHELEN - A HIDDEN GEM

history   november 2019

The Besloten Hofjes are the absolute highlights ofthe Collection of Heritage in Mechelen. These 16th-century altarpieces made by the nuns have been registered as Flemish Masterpieces since 2011. The sisters meticulously created their so-called 'courtyards' with representations of an ideal, spiritual and paradise-like world. The Besloten Hofjes are stored in the beautiful Renaissance City Palace in Mechelen 'Hof van Busleyden', Mechelen is...

AFRICAMUSEUM - ROYAL MUSEUM FOR CENTRAL AFRICA

december 2018

AfricaMuseum in Tervuren near Brussels is known as one of the most beautiful and impressive Africanist museums in the world. In December 2018, the completely renovated museum will reopen its doors. The new museum immerses you in the very diverse nature of the continent and its cultural riches and creative cities. It shows life as it is, lets you listen in...

DINNER ON A LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND

culinary   december 2018

Eating out at Vuurtoreneiland ('Lighthouse Island' in Dutch) is not an ordinary evening out in Amsterdam! The island features Amsterdam's only lighthouse and is a unique piece of nature with a rugged landscape. It can only be reached by ship! So your evening starts sailing the historic 'IJveer XIII' boat over the IJ River. Once on the island, the table d'hôte menu is...

AMERSFOORT - MONDRIAAN HOUSE

december 2018

To get to know Piet Mondriaan, most of the aficionados of abstract art go to the largest Mondrian collection in the world - the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag - which is home to 300 of his works. But the Mondriaan House in Amersfoort, the house where Piet Mondriaan was born in 1872, is unique in how it brings knowledge of Mondriaans' life...

STUDIO PIETER STOCKMANS

the-arts   december 2018

The Belgian ceramist, industrial designer and artist Pieter Stockmans is fascinated by the medium of porcelain. In his studio located on the spectacular C-Mine mine site in Genk, he creates handcrafted crockery that is brought to the table as a gift and is passed on for generations. Over the years, he developed this exceptional blue to combine with the pure white to...

Christmas is coming!

december 2018

Discover Belgium and the Netherlands from the angle of conviviality and magic.   The Winter Wonders set a happy effervescence in Brussels with a magnificent Christmas tree on the Grand-Place, sound & light shows, ice-skating rink and a 2,5km itinerary doted of wooden chalets offering Christmas presents, chocolate pralines, waffles, speculoos cookies, fondue, spicy hot wine, .... Forbes recently listed 2 Christmas Markets in...

AMSTERDAM - UNUSUAL HOTEL ROOM

history    2018

Yes, Amsterdam has several great 5* and some gorgeous boutique hotels, but what about something special for your next stay in town?! Why don’t you sleep up high in a crane, or with a view on the canals from a bridge house or in a 1744 hidden chapel in complete Rococo style? ...

BELGIUM FOOTBALL CENTER

2018

Thank you Red Devils - That was fun! What a fantastic World Cup it was! Come for a personalized sports camp at the Red Devils Headquarters: 4* hotel, rental of facilities and equipment, coaching and video analysis, catering & laundry service, tours & excursions ... The Belgian Football Center & Brilliant Ideas offer solutions adapted to the specific needs of your...

BAROQUE IN ANTWERP

history    2018

Find out everything there is to know about Peter Paul Rubens and his baroque, cultural legacy during "Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires". You can discover and experience first-hand why Rubens was and is still regarded one of the most influential artists ever and is called Antwerp's most famous inhabitant!  Program Antwerp Baroque 2018   ...

Belgium is in the news

2018

North of Belgium is the best food, design & culture destination! It’s not us saying this but the press… Of course we agree! Condé Nast Estadão Financial Times (paywall) Vogue ...

UTRECHT - RIETVELD SCHRÖDER HOUSE

the-arts    2018

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this small one-family house, with its flexible interior spatial arrangement, and visual and formal qualities, was a manifesto of the ideals of the De Stijl group of artists and architects in the Netherlands in the 1920s, and has since been considered one of the icons of the Modern Movement in architecture. A visit will impress...

FRANCORCHAMPS - F1 GP

2018

There is always something happening at F1 Belgian Grand Prix! The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is considered to be one of the most challenging race tracks in the world due to its fast, hilly and twisty nature in the magnificent Ardennes forests. The F1 drivers get to corner at speeds above 250 km/h and love it. But the F1 Grand Prix is fun...

12/12 – Musical journey through Belgium

    2018

What does Belgium sounds like? And can you make music with it? 12/12 sets out for a full year of musical adventure. Every month, Bruno Vansina, Cyrille Obermüller, Kobe Proesmans and Teun Verbruggen - 4 Belgian jazz musicians - take their instruments to a special and unexpected place. The challenge: playing together with the location, reflecting on its vibe, the...

Ghent from the Sky

2018

Do you remember ‘Ghent in Motion’? In this film project in 2013, the city brand ‘Ghentian’ pioneered  in capturing Ghent from the air, using drones. Today, five years later, both the city and the audio-visual techniques have evolved to such an extent that a sequel was required. Just like 'Ghent in Motion', 'Ghent from the Sky' again pushes the boundaries...

Flanders fields & Ypres - Small place , great history

history    2018

From 1914 to 1918, Flanders Fields was a major battle theatre on the Western Front during the First World War. With due reason. The lands surrounding Ypres and the town itself became infamous as one of three major battlegrounds. These days the Ypres Salient is dotted with silent graveyards, commemorative museums and monuments. The fallen heroes are honored every evening with...

THE NETHERLANDS AND BELGIUM BY BIKE

2018

Explore the Lowlands with its beautiful countryside, coastal region and historical towns 7 days of biking guided by rider-guide, all gear and support van Private canal cruises, hot air ballooning, … to make the most of your experiences   Day 1.  Arrival Amsterdam Private transfer to your hotel. Check-in and rest of the day at leisure.   Day 2.  Amsterdam Before your bicycle adventure to start, enjoy a...

ART FAIR TEFAF - MAASTRICHT

the-arts    2018

TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) Maastricht is widely regarded as the world's leading fair for art, antiques and design. This fine arts fair is a yearly feast for thousands of curious and art lovers. TEFAF Maastricht showcases some of the best works of art currently on the market for 10 days in March each year. In addition to the traditional areas...

THE NORTH OF THE NETHERLANDS - WADDEN ISLAND -

2017

An island in the north of the Netherlands In the northernmost point of the Netherlands, you can find the Wadden Islands. You really do not have to go that far to enjoy unspoiled nature, fresh seafood and adventure. You can find all of this on one of the most beautiful Wadden Islands "Schiermonnikoog". Nature in Schiermonnikoog is so special that the island was...

AMSTERDAM - PRIVATE CANAL CRUISE

culinary   december 2017

Few cities blend history with modern urban flair like Amsterdam. And one thing you definitely need to do when visiting the city is to take a private canal cruise and see Amsterdam from the water to discover this floating city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The history of Amsterdam is intimately connected with water. During your private boat cruise, you will...

BELGIUM - LET'S GO FOR A VESPA RIDE

december 2017

The Limburg , the North-East region of Belgium, is the greenest of Flanders’ provinces, a  region with surprising landscapes, remarkable cultural heritage & museums as well as sophisticated gastronomy. With your Vespa, follow the footsteps of Ambiorix, the prince of the Eburones, who became famous because of his resistance against Julius Caesar. Along the way, explore national parks, castles, historic mining...

BELGIUM - WALK AND TRAPPIST BEER

adventure   december 2017

Founded about 60 years ago, the “Association des Sentiers de Grande Randonnée” (long distance footpath) offers hikers a network of over 5,000 routes in Wallonia and Brussels. The association recently launched a 300km itinerary in the South of Belgium to link through beautiful forests and valleys three abbeys famous amongst the beer lovers for their “Trappist” beer – Chimay, Rochefort &...

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR ATMOSPHERE

december 2017

Discover the seasonal magic over Christmas & New Year in Belgium and The Netherlands. Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp, Liège, Ghent but also country side villages set a happy effervescence with a magnificent Christmas tree, ice-skating rink, and wooden chalets offering Christmas presents, great winter food and hot spicy wine to drive away the cold and warm ones heart. Contact us for our Special...

Ghent - Sleeping high up in a medieval tower!

   december 2017

The new stunning boutique hotel 1898 The Post in Ghent offers 37 rooms and suites decorated in a warm and elegant style, with high ceilings or sloped roofs and antique furniture. Our preferred room? The Tower Suite offering a 360 degree view over the rooftops of historic Ghent. Just like in a fairy tail! Contact us to know our contract...

LUXEMBOURG - BEST TREK OF LITTLE SWITZERLAND

december 2017

The Mullerthal Region, often referred to as Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland, owes its name to its hilly landscape reminiscent of Switzerland. This region is home to one of the best treks of the entire Benelux: The Mullerthal Trail. The trek takes the experienced hiker on 112 km of valley trails through a magnificent rocky landscape. The rock formations are dotted with difficult sounding names - Piteschkummer,...

DUTCH CHEESE CARRIERS

culinary   december 2017

In the Middle Ages, it was common practice to establish a guild for every professional group, the cheese carriers established theirs in 1593! Every Friday morning in spring & summer, the Alkmaar cheesemarket is held on the Waagplein. It’s a particular spectacle which includes a market filled with cheese and men of tradition, the hauling cheese carriers. It’s one of...

FLOWER POWER - 10N EXAMPLE ITINERARY

2017

Spring is a fantastic season to travel in the Benelux. It will cheer you right up after winter!  When the tulip bulbs are blooming in the Netherlands, this may well be the most colorful region in the world. In Belgium, flowers is a big thing too especially at the Hallerbos and its magnificent purple carpet of bluebells. Of course, art...

OLD MASTERS - 10N - SAMPLE ITINERARY

the-arts    2017

At the pinnacle of artistic invention from the middle ages onwards, The Netherlands and Flanders were the inspiration behind the famous art movements of the time: primitive, renaissance and baroque. For a period of some 250 years, it was the place to meet and experience some of the most admired artists in Western Europe. Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Eyck, Bruegel, Rubens...

BON VIVEUR?

2016

While foodies flock to Paris and London, those in the know are sneaking off to the Benelux. Did you know that Belgium has a total of 139 stars at the Michelin Guide 2019, which makes the country one of the most Michelin-starred tables in the world? Belgium is still too much identified with waffles, chocolate, fries & beer. But Flanders Kitchen...

THE CARNIVAL OF BINCHE

history    2016

The Carnival of Binche is a living and exceptional heritage, a popular, human and social event, recognized as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO. During a few months, the inhabitants and the City prepare their Carnival, in a real communion, with the strong commitment from the family and carnival societies. The next Carnival will...

THE WEST FRISIAN ISLANDS

december 2016

The West Frisian Islands form an archipelago in the North Sea off the Dutch coast, along the edge of the Wadden Sea. Every island has its own style and culture. But on each of the 5 pearls, the beauty of nature is overwhelming and the atmosphere is great. Explore the picturesque villages, large mudflats, enormous sand areas (one is called “the Sahara of the North”!) and enjoy outdoor activities...

Flemish Masters – Visit Flanders Brochure

   december 2016

From 2018 through to 2020, the Flanders’ region will celebrate the Flemish Masters and its baroque heritage with an abundance of activities and events! You want to know more about the enigmatic Bruegel, the baroque Rubens, the mystic van Eyck brothers and the Flemish Masters off the beaten track? Visit Flanders, the tourism board of the Northern region of Belgium, has...

ADAM TOREN - OVER THE EDGE

december 2016

The outdoor skydeck on the 21st floor roof of the A’DAM Toren in Amsterdam offers a spectacular view over the city. A great spot for a drink at sunset and since a couple of weeks, you can even swing back and forth over the edge of the tower! On the “Over The Edge” dangle your legs from a dizzying 100...

AMSTERDAM - SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP!

fashion    2016

The picturesque Negen Straatjes (Nine Street) intersect the city center’s main canals are doted with great restaurants, cafés, art galleries, jewelers and boutiques. With an exceptional array of styles, trends and prices, this area is truly a shopper’s paradise.  If you are into vintage or designer shops, grab a bicycle and take the ferry to cross the Amstel and get to...

BELGIAN BEER - WORTH A SOMMELIER!

2016

As goes for Belgian chocolates, Belgian beer is known around the world. However, although they’re great, the majority of exported beers is just the very standard of what the big brands have to offer. The most refined, best beers, brewed with tradition and craftsmanship, are really hard to get outside of Belgium. Top chefs also start to recognize the finest...

BELGIAN CHOCOLATE

culinary    2016

For all who are passionate about Chocolate, Belgium is the perfect destination. Through generations of chocolatier; the Belgian Chocolate Art stand out from the rest because of its exquisite and authentic handmade style, and also because of the use of only natural products and surprising ingredients like spices, cereals, fruits, truffles and more. It is no wonder chocolate has become...

CUTTING-EDGE CONTEMPORARY ART

2016

With iconic Masters such as Jan van Eyck, Breughel, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Magritte – just to name a few - it is no surprise that the Benelux has some of the finest museums and art galleries. In Amsterdam, the Modern Contemporary Museum (MOCO) opened its doors last year and Belgium is also punching above its weight in contemporary art. More...

CYCLING IN BELGIUM

sports    2016

Summer is just around the corner! Not only The Netherlands but also Belgium is a paradise for cyclists. You cycle on comfortable and secured bicycle paths along romantic rivers winding between quaint towns, charming castles, outdoor cafés and incredible restaurants. Besides guided bicycle tours through cities such as for example Ghent, Antwerp or Brussels you can choose for a thematic cycling...

DUTCH OLD MASTERS

2016

The Dutch Golden Age encompasses most of the second half of the 17th century, after the Dutch won their Independence from Spain (1648). During this time, Dutch explorers charted new territory and settled abroad. Trade by the Dutch East-India Company thrived, and war heroes from the naval battles became national heroes. Meanwhile, the Dutch Masters began to prevail in the...

FLYING THE ICONIC MUSTANG

adventure    2016

The Mustang is probably the most recognized fighter-plane of World War II. Its speed and range made it the ideal bomber escort. “SCAT VII” was the personal plane of Major Robin Olds, a triple ace who scored his 4 last kills in this particular machine. Its now very well maintained and taken care of, flying in the same color scheme...

HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL

2016

Start your trip in Amsterdam and finish in Paris crossing the beautiful Kingdom of Belgium. It breathes history but is also brimming with culture and modern city life, day & night! The perfect itinerary for amateurs of history & culture but also for lovers of regional gastronomy. Please contact us to fine-tune the itinerary according to your clients preferences with...

ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST UNUSUAL RESTAURANTS!

culinary    2016

Every year in June, discover Brussels’ high cuisine in the most extraordinary manner possible: from a crane 150ft in the sky! Instead of a sitting round a cosy kitchen table, you will be dangling from a crane 150ft in the sky, complete with dining chairs, table, crockery, etc. A local ‘starred’ chef will prepare an unforgettable gastronomic experience for you...

PRIVATE CRUISE IN ZEELAND

2016

The Netherlands have a rich nautical heritage and 4,400 km of navigable waterways. It is as easy in some areas to travel on water as it is to travel on land! Enjoy a 2 to 6 nights cruise visiting nature preserved areas & typical villages mooring in the charming harbors & marinas. While on land grab a bicycle - it’s...

RED DEER STAG ROARING

nature    2016

During some time in the year, from mid-September to mid-October, the tranquility of the majestuous Ardennes forests, situated in the south-east of Belgium, is disturbed by frequent, irregular calls of rutting red deer stags. Enjoy a walk in the forest with a naturalist tracking the savage sound and other local fauna in a nature's unspoilt areas with vast forests of broadleaf...
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