Sprouts. Waffles. Chocolates. If you think about it, we really experience a little bit of Belgium every day without even realizing it. But that’s just all the more reason to make a trip to this country — the headquarters of the European Union. Check out our travel guides to Brussels and Brugge to figure out where you’ll be feasting on French fries and waffles, then dig a little deeper to find the lesser-known, unique stuff Belgium has to offer.

For example, did you know there’s an immersive Smurf village in Belgium? Or a Disney sand-sculpture festival? Though the cities boast marvelous architecture, other corners of the country have surprises hidden throughout. Read on and find all the reasons you need to visit one of Europe’s most attraction-packed countries.