Uncover a unique history when staying in a NOVASOL holiday cottage in Belgium

All across Europe, one can find an abundance of enthralling historical sites - as well as the opportunity to learn the captivating stories behind them... Choose to stay in one of NOVASOL's 200 holiday cottages in Belgium and embark on a voyage of discovery; where you can immerse yourself in a unique history, with your self-catering Belgium accommodation serving as the perfect base. Start planning your stay in one of our holiday cottages in Belgium today, and create your own itinerary filled with fun, relaxation and learning. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the country's culture and sample the Belgian food. The ancient land which we now know as Belgium was conquered by the Romans in 57AD, who christened it ‘Gallia Belgica’. The land was then subsequently conquered by the Franks, who ruled most of Western Europe at the time.

Self-catering Belgium - a fascinating history

By the 11th century, the land was prosperous and sophisticated and fruitful trade with other nations was conducted here; towns such as Bruges and Ypres flourished. Should you select your holiday home in Belgium in one of these areas, the product of this prosperity is still visible today. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Flanders was one of Europe’s richest areas economically as well as socially. North Holland (as the area is called today) took control of Belgium when Spain lost the territory in the 17th century. After this a period of decline began for Flandern. The area, which is Belgium and Holland nowadays, was under Spanish rule for a long time. Subsequently they had to fight against the Habsburgs from Austria and later Napoleon and France.

Discover Belgian history during your self-catering holiday in Belgium

From 1815 to 1830, Belgium was under the control of Holland, as it is called today. See if you can pick out the influences from the Dutch during your stay in one of our self-catering holiday home in Belgium. After a short insurgence, Belgium gained autonomy. The preparation of the Belgian constitution was mainly undertaken by the francophone citizens – French was the only official language. This was the beginning of the series of events which is known as the language war between Flanders and Wallonia today. According to the Law of Equality from 1898, Dutch is also an officially accepted language.

Holiday cottages Belgium – 19th and 20th century history of Belgium

In the 19th century, Wallonia experienced an economic growth because of the widespread coal and metal industry. Belgium was neutral in the 20th century but still occupied twice by Germany in WWI and WWII. The destructions caused by the wars were enormous, particularly in the Ardennes, and Belgium suffered from that. During the reconstruction, the tensions between the Dutch speaking holiday homes Flanders and the French speaking holiday homes Wallonia increased. This led to five major changes in the constitutional law. For those interested in modern history, there are plenty of monuments and artefacts from both World Wars in Belgium; take the time to discover them and a dark part of Europe's history. See how this has also influenced the Belgian culture whilst you rent our holiday cottages in Belgium.

Self-catering Belgian accommodation - modern Belgian history

During the reconstruction, Belgium was also one of the founders of the economic co-operation of the EEC. Belgium has always supported the USA, as well as NATO. Brussels is the capital of Belgium and at the same time the capital of Europe as the European Parliament is situated here. We would definitely suggest paying a visit to the Parliament and the NATO Headquarters during your holiday self-catering Belgium. The introduction of the Euro in 1999 displaced the Belgian Franc and facilitated the trade across the borders significantly. The economic and cultural differences between north and south are still a problem in Belgium. From the economical point of view, Wallonia is less developed and still depends on European subsidies, while the economy of Flanders is quite well developed.