Destination guide Belgium

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Geographical description

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BELGIUM IS ONE OF EUROPE'S SMALLEST NATIONS, SITUATED IN THE
NORTHWEST AND COVERING AN AREA OF 30,521 SQ.KM. THE
NETHERLANDS BORDERS THE COUNTRY ON THE NORTH AND
NORTHEASTERN SIDES, WITH GERMANY AND LUXEMBOURG TO THE
EAST, FRANCE TO THE SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST AND FINALLY ON THE
NORTHWESTERN BOUNDARY LIES THE NORTHSEA. BELGIUM MAY BE
DIVIDED INTO THREE AREAS: UPPER BELGIUM, MIDDLE BELGIUM AND
LOWER BELGIUM.

UPPER BELGIUM IS MADE UP OF DENSE FOREST AREAS IN THE
ARDENNES HIGHLANDS, EXTENDING SOUTH OF THE SAMBRE-MEUSE
VALLEY. ALSO FOUND IN THIS AREA IS MOUNT BOTRANGE,
BELGIUM'S HIGHEST PEAK AT 694M ABOVE SEA LEVEL.

MIDDLE BELGIUM REACHES ONLY FROM 320M TO 960M ABOVE SEA
LEVEL AND CONSISTS OF THE LOESS PLAINS AND THE CENTRAL
PLATEAU. THE CENTRAL PLATEAU IS A FERTILE AREA OF LAND
DIVIDED UP BY TRIBUTARIES OF THE SCHELDE RIVER.

LOWER BELGIUM IS INCLUDED IN THE GREAT EUROPEAN PLAIN, AND
COMPOSES OF THE FLAT, LOWLAND PLAIN OF VLAANDEREN IN THE
NORTHWEST AND CAMPINE PLATEAUS IN THE NORTHEAST. THIS AREA
IS OCCASIONALLY MARSHY AND IS THICKLY WOODED. HERE THERE
ARE ALSO PLENTY OF CANALS AND WATERWAYS. THE NORTHSEA
COASTAL AREA IS A CHAIN OF CONTINUOUS SAND DUNES AND
POLDERS. THIS LAND IS AGRICULTURALLY PROSPEROUS.
BELGIUM'S PRINCIPAL RIVERS ARE THE MEUSE AND THE SCHELDE.
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