Belgium is a relatively small country located in Western Europe, dominated by the culturally distinct areas of Flanders and Wallonia. As a student you may already be aware of the role the Belgian people played in the first and second world wars. If so, you will be all the more interested in the opportunity to see these historic monuments and other popular attractions during school trips to this wonderful country. As a teacher, taking students to Belgium can put classroom learning in to context and open up an entirely new world to history and art students.
It is quite common for those on school trips to Belgium to add a guided tour around Brussels to the itinerary. It gives students the opportunity to see politically important places such as the Barlaymount building and NATO headquarters. Students should also find time walk around the Grand Place, which is fully deserving of its place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
If you’ve been teaching your students about World War 1, an excursion to Flanders Fields is an invaluable experience. It is important to take your time at this site, to not only honour the many fallen soldiers but also to educate your school group about the horrific events that took place here. A trip to the museum in Ypres is a good add-on activity.
Those students keen to learn more about European art on their school trips should definitely pay a visit to the Magritte Museum. This fascinating museum is home to a wide variety of paintings, videos and sculptures by one of the most famous Belgian artists. Be ready with some answers, however, when it comes to explaining the hidden meanings of the Empire of Light and Domain of Arnheim to your students.
All that art and history can be a little overwhelming on school trips, but a visit to this chocolate factory will add some light relief. Your students will have a wonderful time learning about the development of the chocolate making process through the ages and even hear about the medicinal uses of this much loved treat. Finally there’ll be the opportunity to taste the famous Belgian chocolate and buy souvenirs from the museum shop.
Cathedral Of Our Lady
Those with an interest in religious history during school trips to Belgium should make the time for a tour of this magnificent cathedral in Antwerp. The knowledgeable local experts will explain the building process, which took more than 150 years to complete, and enlighten students on many of the historic objects which were lost during fires and attacks from the 16th to the 19th centuries. If you can extend your stay in Antwerp, a visit to the nearby port is also highly recommended.