Preparation

We were really excited before we went to our trip, so we had done a lot of preparation. 

Major sights in brussels

We wrote about the most famous places in Brussels. Let’s read about them now!

Belgium – A divided nation?

Of all the tribes in Gaul, they were described as the bravest of them all, and this belief was supported by the fact that they were the hardest to conquer. Caesar faced a strong resistance and it took him four years until he finally conquered the Belgae tribes in 53 BC. Moreover, during Roman times, Belgians could not accept the fact that their lands were part of the Empire and revolted.

European Quarter

 Brussels is one of the most important cities in the European Union. It’s not only the capital of Belgium, it’s also serves as headquarters of many European institutions. Most of these institutions are in the European Quarter. The Quarter extends from Brussels Park to Luxembourg Square. The oldest building in the quarter is the Berlaymont.

What Belgium is famous for

Belgian chocolate is chocolate produced in Belgium. Chocolate production has been a major industry since the 19th century. Today it forms an important part of the nation’s economy and culture. The industry expanded massively and, together with Swiss chocolate, it gained enormous international reputation.

Hidden corners in Brussels

The Jazz Station is located in an old neo-Renaissance Flemish train station. The train station itself was built in 1885 and is a charming, historical and quirky place. The train tracks are still visible and the facade is built in a typical Belgian red-brick style, which in itself is really beautiful. This very special venue hosts many interesting events like concerts, jam sessions and even conferences about jazz but also events for different audiences.

Antwerp

The City of Antwerp is located in Belgium. It is well-known for its big harbour, which will be explained further down in this text. It also is the most important place for processing and trading diamonds. It was one of the biggest cities of the world in the 15th and 16th century. Furthermore, Antwerp was the most important trading city in Europe. The Belgian capital Brussels is only 40 kilometres south and the harbour stretches 75 kilometres up north.

Ghent

The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheidt and Leie in 1300.

In the late Middle Ages, the city became one of the richest and largest cities of northern Europe.

The city was the leading city for cloth because the rivers flowed in an area where much land was flooded periodically. So, it was perfect for keeping sheep. They used the wool of them to make thousands of cloths.

Throughout the years the city was often plundered by the Vikings, which wasn’t good for the cloth industry.

WORKSHOP ABOUT THE EUROPEAN UNION

On Monday, March 2 2020, our class took part in a workshop about the European Union organised by Dr.  Hubert Hämmerle. We really want to thank him and the Organisation for European Affairs of the State of Vorarlberg for two very interesting and informative hours.