Belgian beer and Belgian chocolates are world famous, and tasty as these are, there is a little more to experience in Belgium. There is nothing quite like tasting a delectable Ardennes ham, eaten in the heart of the forest, devouring a Carbonade de Boeuf in a Flemish restaurant or discovering a deliciously pongy cheese from a Wallonian farm.

For a country that once had more breweries than churches, Belgium is most definitely thronging with a cultural heritage, whether gazing at the beautiful houses of the Medieval textile merchants in Bruges, discovering art at the Rubens House Museum in Antwerp, finding out about lace in Tournai, visiting the house of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, in Dinant or marvelling at the art and culture of Mons, European Capital of Culture for 2015.

Of course, you can become so punch-drunk with culture that the brain begins to ache. In which case, you’ll be in need of some light-hearted relief, obtainable at the Comic Strip Museum in Brussels, where you can see Belgium’s most famous ‘son’, Tintin. Or, for something different, you might prefer to hop onboard Le Crocodile Rouge, a bright red amphibious bus that explores the streets – and lakes – of Wallonia.

Your desire to visit Belgium may be to visit the Commonwealth War Graves of Flanders Fields. The town of Ypres, with its distinctive three towers and spires, is a good base from which to start a battlefields tour and hear the moving sounds of The Last Post.

In 2015 there will be many events commemorating the bicentenary of Wellington’s epic battle with Napoleon at Waterloo, ten miles south of Brussels, all focus lies on the fields that surround the Butte du Lion. Climbing the 226 steps of the Lion’s Mound will help you to see the battlefield, though the Visitors’ Centre can provide some of the history.

Don’t miss out, however, on the countryside of Belgium. The silent world of the forested Ardennes is truly picturesque and a popular area for camping. With quiet roads, it’s ideal for motorhome touring. And for those in need of true rest and relaxation, you’ll need to visit the town of Spa, a place so famous for centuries as a health resort that it gave its name to all other spas in the world.