Benelux

The Benelux region, also known as The Lowlands, comprises three neighboring monarchies — Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The name is formed from the beginning of each country’s name.

Much of the region is coastal areas bounded by the North Sea or the English Channel. Originally swampland, much of the region was reclaimed through an extensive system of waterworks, including dikes and canals.

The region became a major trading center in the 1600s, connecting markets as diverse of the agricultural grain areas around the Baltic Sea and the renaissance-driven luxury goods markets of northern Italy.

Much of this heritage remains in the region’s historic cities, such as the architecture and museums of Amsterdam. More recently, Belgium’s capital, Brussels, has become the center of the European Union.

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Belgium

Atmosphere: Culture    
Best Weather: May, June, July, August, September

 BelgiumBelgium is a lowlands country on the North Sea coast in northeastern Europe. Lying at the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups: the Dutch-speaking, mostly Flemish community, which lives primarily in the north, and the French-speaking, mostly Walloon population, which lives primarily in the south. Its capital and largest city, Brussels, is largely bilingual.
 
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.

Luxembourg

Atmosphere: Culture    
Best Weather: May, June, July, August, September

 LuxembourgLuxembourg is a landlocked country in the Benelux area of Europe, and the second-smallest of the European Union member states. Luxembourg enjoys a very high standard of living as a result of successful steel, finance and high technology industries. The northern third of the country is dominated by hills and low mountains. The southern two-thirds of the country is more densely populated. It hosts a diverse range of geographies, including plateaus, craggy hill and forest areas, and a number of different river systems.
 
 
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.

Netherlands

Atmosphere: Culture    
Best Weather: May, June, July, August, September

 NetherlandsThe Netherlands, a lowland country on the North Sea, is one of the world’s most densely populated countries. The Netherlands also has some isolated locations away from the cities, including 20 national parks and hundreds of other nature reserves. Other popular outdoor activities include sailing, fishing, cycling, and bird watching. Long a maritime power, the Netherlands has a highly international character and is known for its generally liberal attitudes.