Places to Slow Down in Belgium

Think you need to travel far and wide to take a break from your busy life and live more soulfully in nature? Think again. Here are three places in Belgium that combine the beauty of being outside with several of life’s other simple pleasures.

A meal fit for a king in Zottegem

Pop-up restaurants are all the rage lately, but this particular one at Castle Leeuwergem is in a class of its own. The Dinner on a Lake concept promises an idyllic location and a unique experience, where you can dine on the water as you watch the sun set. From now until the 17th of September, you will be welcomed at the 18th century castle with a cocktail and a boat ride to the location, leading up to a decadent 4 course meal by candlelight. Is there any better way to spend a summer evening? To reserve your place in a local paradise, visit


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Sleep among the trees in Arquennes

A mere 30 minutes from Brussels, Les Cabanes de Marie you can spend the night seven meters above the ground. In their luxurious treehouses (yes, you read that right!) you’ll be far away from the hustle and bustle of modern living, giving you the perfect opportunity to meditate in nature without sacrificing any comforts. In Château de la Rocq Park, the fresh air and the gorgeous greenery will be sure to take you and your relaxation level to new heights.


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Not your average nature park in Knokke-Heist

Ever wonder what it’s like to fly without the help of an airplane? At Zwin Natuur Parc, otherwise known as “the international bird airport,” you can take a journey with flocks of migratory birds through both an adventure course and an interactive exhibit. Meditate on flight and these magnificent creatures by getting back to nature, leaving all your worries on land behind. To get your wings, go to

You don’t need a passport or a plane ticket to live more soulfully this summer. Explore the most relaxing and inspiring places your homeland has to offer and enjoy a moment of peace for body and soul.