Interesting, but AMS has chocolate, beer, brothels, "coffee houses", and a DL+KLM hub...
Comparing Heineken to the over 400 Belgian beers to be enjoyed? Though I am sure there are more Dutch beers, but still.
What Dutch chocolates can you name? Godiva, Neuhaus, Corne Port Royal, Cote D'Or are all Belgian (and found in the Netherlands)
Amsterdam can keep its brothels, a far cry from what I assume they used to be.
I'm sure Belgian beer and chocolate are wonderful, but it's hard to make the point that BRU should get similar service to AMS.
Maybe Belgium needs to step up its game on the tourism front?
When I think of NL I think of the above, along with tulips, windmills, Van Gogh, Anne Frank, canals, bicycle trails, Rhine cruises, etc.
When I think of Belgium I think of chocolate, beer and waffles, all things not to hard to import if/when desired.
One negative for NL: they have Keesje!
So you responded to the post with little first-hand knowledge regarding Belgium other than what you may have read online? I lived there for 10 years and return frequently, usually flying directly into BRU from IAD too!
Rhine cruises in the Netherlands? Surely I would think most people go to Germany to cruise the Rhine, but I am not for sure. And Peter Paul Rubens, Magritte are two painters you may have heard of, and both Belgian.
How could one forget about one of the greatest jazz instruments ever created... by a Belgian no less! Adolphe Sax and the saxophone, hailing from Dinant I believe, a wonderful little town well worth a visit too.
And while drinking imported Belgian beers is easy enough to do, nothing beats drinking beer at the brewery and seeing the abbeys those beers hail from: Maredsous, Westmalle, Achel, Chimay, West Vleteren, St Bernardus, Achouffe (one of my favorite breweries in the Ardennes)....
Tourists who want to venture outside of Brussels and Brugges may enjoy Gent, Antwerpen, Mechelen, Ieper, Poperinge in the Flanders, and Namur, aforementioned Dinant, Rochefort, Bastogne in the Ardennes region. I am sure the Netherlands has some nice towns to visit outside Amsterdam, I hear Mastriicht is a nice city, although the Netherlands does not have many hills!
Not to fear about museums, Belgium has a few of those. And Tintin is Belgian as are most comic book characters (the Schtroumpfs, Gaston LaGaffe, Lucky Luke to name but 3)
Can't really recreate a good Liege waffle, I have tried but failed miserably.
The poster asked why BRU doesn't get similar service to CDG, AMS and FRA, he didn't say BRU should get as much service as those cities. But Belgium as a country does have lots to offer with regards to tourism if one takes the time to explore it outside Brugges and Bruxelles.
And why should Belgium step up its tourism game? I much prefer it as it is with most parts unspoiled by hordes of tourist busses, only to be discovered and enjoyed by those of us who like to venture further afield of the typical tourist cities (Paris, Amsterdam, London), though I suppose I could look at pictures of those Belgian cities on the computer as I enjoy an imported Belgian beer and sniff my imported Dutch tulips?