Great Random Facts about Belgium

Tintin was conceived by Belgian artist Hergé

Tintin

Georges Prosper Remi, known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comic book writer and artist, best known for his The Adventures of Tintin series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his death in 1983.

Gotye was born in Bruges, Belgium

Gotye

Gotye, a pseudonym for Wouter De Backer, was born in Bruges, Belgium and immigrated to Australia when he was two years old.

Belgium hosts the World’s Largest Sand Sculpture Festival

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The Sand Sculpture Festival in Blankenberge, Belgium, is the largest in the world, with over 150 carefully crafted creations on display.

The Belgian Adolphe Sax invented the Saxophone

Adolphe Sax

The saxophone (also referred to informally as the sax, or the saxomaphone by Homer) is a conical-bore woodwind musical instrument, invented by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1846.

Eddy Merckx, a former Belgian professional road bicycle racer, is considered to be the greatest pro-cyclist ever

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Merckx, who turned professional in 1965, won the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia five times each, and the Vuelta a España once. He also won all of professional cycling’s classic “monument” races at least twice each (with 19 Classics victories in all).

The Ancienne Belgique (AB) in Brussels is the third most visited club venue in the world

Ancienne Belgique

With 137980 sold tickets, the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels is the third most visited concert venue (in the category Club Venues – 2000 people max) in the world.