Brussels is the capital of Belgium. Picture: Brussels.Be

Known for its medieval towns, Renaissance architecture and the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, Belgium is a great place to explore. This Western Europe gem has offers vibrant cities and friendly locals. Here are some facts about Belgium:

1: Belgium has three official languages, and they are not called Belgian. Locals speak Dutch, French and German.

2: Tomorrowland, a festival that takes place in Belgium, is the world’s largest Electronic Dance music festival that attracts thousands of international party goers.The country is also known as the place that has the most street and music festivals in Europe.

3: Belgium has 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including La Grand-Place, Brussels, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai and Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes.

4: Belgium produces the world’s best chocolate, so if you are planning to visit, make sure you stock up on as much chocolate as you can.

5: One of the world’s most smallest towns is found in Belgium. Durbuy is a town in eastern Belgium, known for its stone houses and cobbled streets. It is home to some of the most beautiful buildings and sites, including the clifftop Belvedere viewpoint.