The butt of countless ‘boring’ jokes, Belgium is a victim of its own citizens’ self-deprecating sense of humour. Don’t let yourself be put off by the stereotypes though. This frequently disparaged country is home to one of the most vibrant theatrical and artistic scenes in Europe, with new cultural centres such as the Magritte Museum in Brussels and the Museum Leuven springing up all the time. Dutch-speaking Flanders makes up for its pancake-flat landscape with a sprinkling of stunning historic cities, while Wallonia in the south is a patchwork of lush valleys, traditional villages and pristine forests. The one correct Belgian stereotype? The beer is indeed the best in the world.