Belgium is an epitome of sparkling edifices. Creative art, appealing architecture, and unraveled beauty run in the spirit of Belgium. The magnificence of this European gem is directly proportionate to rich elegance. The roads of Belgium are like a roller coaster ride, as you move ahead and take turns on the curvy alleys, the level of excitement ascends. The wide projections of supreme sceneries are a treat for the sore eyes that spark day and night under the radiant sunshine and shimmering moonlight. Belgium tourism feeds you with a deep-seated feeling of solace. It is a land where reality complements fiction. The intensity of the creative artifacts adjacent to the inimitable environs translates to peerless tranquility. Belgium looks like the poetry of Shakespeare that is carved in the journals of nature and recited by the winds and oceans. A Belgian beauty is the pioneer of surreal pageants that exhibit unearthly appearances. Belgium is the subset of dazzling charms under the radiant skies. So, come and explore the magic of Belgium tourism with us.
USEFUL INFO. ABOUT BELGIUM
OFFICIAL NAME: Kingdom of Belgium
FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Federal Parliamentary Constitutional
CAPITAL & LARGEST CITY: Brussels
POPULATION: 11,515,793 (est. Nov.2019)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S): Dutch, French, and German
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: Flemish-Dutch, French, German, English, and others
ETHNICITY: Belgian, Flemish people, Walloons, Germanic people, Black Belgians, and many other
CURRENCY: Euro (€) (EUR)
AREA: 30,689 km2 (11,849 sq. mi)
MAP REFERRED: Europe
REGION: Western Europe
COASTLINE: 66.5 km (41.3 mi)
HIGHEST POINT: Signal de Botrange; 694 m (2,277 ft)
NATIONAL SYMBOL: Golden lion against a black shield
National COLOURS: Red, Black, and Yellow (as per the Belgian Flag)
FAMOUS FOR: Museums | History | Scenic Towns | Christmas Market | Food and Culture
TIME ZONE: UTC+1 (CET) ( Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST))
DRIVING SIDE: Right
LITERACY RATE: 99.00%
MAJOR AIRPORTS IN BELGIUM:
Brussels South Airport
AVG. COST PER DAY: €106 ($115) per day
NETWORK / CONNECTIVITY
Belgium has a super developed internet infrastructure. As a matter of fact, Belgium ranks among the top in the list of maximum internet usage. Providers typically offer download speeds of 30Mbit/s to 1Gbit/s and upload speeds of 10Mbit/s to 75Mbit/s.
There are around 8.6 million internet users in Belgium. Competitions are tough in the market. Hence, the providers give ample offers like high speed, extended validity, offers on video streaming, and a lot more.
ADSL first appeared in Belgium in 1999, named the Turbo line. Since then Belgium never looked back. In today's date, almost every household has an internet or Wi-fi connection for better connectivity to the digital world.
Internet usage takes place in academic institutions, the health care industry, tech business, and many others. It has almost become the lifeline of this prominent European nation. There are many towers set up to improve the connectivity every now and then.
The rate of local networks can be costlier than the expected price due to their better services. If you are on budget traveling, then you must use the free Wi-Fi services in the public areas. Use online applications (Skype, Instagram, Facebook, and a lot more) to call, text, and video call your friends and family. It is a reliable means and affordable too.
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Ambulance : 100
Fire : 100
Police : 101
The official Belgium currency is Euro (Belgian Euro). Until 2002, Belgian currency was known as the Belgian franc. In 1999, Belgium joined the EMU that created a single currency, the euro, for all the EU nations.
1 Euro = 100 cent
Belgium Currency to AED:
1 Belgian Euro = 4.04 United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) (as on 01 MAY 2020)
Euro notes (Belgium money) can be found in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100 (frequently used), €200 and €500 (rarely used).
Cent and Euro coins (Belgium money) can be found in denominations of 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1, €2 (frequently used), 1c, 2c (rarely used).
Belgium's currency conversions (May 2020):
Belgium Currency to INR: 83.35 Indian rupee
Belgium Currency to USD: 1.10 United States Dollar
Belgium Currency to PKR: 176.20 Pakistani Rupee
Belgium Currency to PHP: 55.60 Philippine peso
Belgium Currency to Taka: 92.72Bangladeshi Taka
**Please note that Travelers Cheques are NOT accepted in remote places.
The Belgian history dates to before the discovery of modern state name in 1830. In fact, its history is tangled with its neighboring countries such as the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Luxembourg. Earlier, Belgium was different. Instead of being an independent nation, it was a part of the massive territory.
The strategic location became a prominent part of its history. Belgium also encountered multi-cultures that also gave it the name of "crossroads of Europe". Numerous armies fought on the Belgian soil that gave it the name of the "battlefield of Europe" or the "cockpit of Europe".
The shape of modern Belgium can be traced back to the seventeenth province inside the Burgundian Netherlands. Belgium was neutral but its strategic location as a pathway to France made it an invasion target for Germany in 1914 and 1940. The postwar period was a prominent time for Belgium as it was announced as the leader in European unification, as a founding member of the European Union.
Brussels has always been a major part of Belgium's political history and it is the de facto capital of the European Union. In fact, the Belgian colonies became independent in the early 1960s. After that, the regions were divided and subdivided as per the dominance of language and cultural diversities.
Post-WWI, Belgium gained huge power as it was the signing authority of the Treaty of Versailles or the peace which lead to the end of social tension. The official languages of Belgium are German, Dutch, and French that gave it a wide scope of growth all over Europe.
Belgium is in the European continent and a major part of Western Europe. The area of its borders is 1,297 km. Belgium shares borders with 4 other European countries like Belgium shares borders with France, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.
Belgium's geography comprises three regions based on the distribution of language spoken in these areas. Flanders (Dutch-speaking) in the north, Wallonia (French-speaking) in the south, and Brussels (bilingual) in the center. There is a German-speaking population as well along the border with Germany.
Belgium's geographical features include a total area of 30,689 kmÂ² with the highest point, Signal de Botrange; 694 m (2,277 ft), and the lowest point, De Moeren; -3 m (-10 ft). Belgium is mainly a low-lying country, its broad coastal plain sprawls in the southeasterly direction from the North Sea and the Netherlands.
Belgium's geography is a pure amalgamation of the coastal plains, the central plateau, and the Ardennes uplands. The coastal areas are followed by sandy beaches and polders, backed by protecting dunes. All this makes it a perfect spot for tourism. Belgium is also famous for being a getaway to other nearby European gems.
Belgian culture is followed by all the Belgians without any regard to language diversities or main cultural communities like the Dutch-speaking Belgians (Flemish) and the French-speaking Belgians (mostly Brussels and Walloon people).
Belgium has a rich history followed by its vast geography. Numerous ethnicities became a part, some stayed and some left, but the traces of every culture can be witnessed even today. The specific traditions left a major impact and it leads to the formation of the current Belgian culture.
The theatre has been the main part of portraying stories by acting and playing dramatic music in the background. The art form was cherished as the major source of entertainment. Today, many theatre performances are held all over Belgium with huge audience groups.
Belgium is the home for many creators who do magic with words in their poetry and stories. Belgian literature witnesses major use of metaphors and personifications that add up to the substance of the content.
Paintings, sculptors, pottery, and handicrafts are some examples of Belgian art. Since early ages, art has been a method of expressing emotions. The tone of colors used to portray the mood of the subject. The art centers and exhibition halls are the centers to witness old and contemporary talents.
The streets, alleys, castles, places, edifices, and much more are examples of varied architectural marvels of Belgium. The unique shapes, structures, and colors used to make a complex are utterly amazing. The distinctive formations cannot be compared.
FOOD & DRINK
Belgian cuisines are significantly wide and varied. The regional variations make it a chamber of numerous styles, types, and techniques. Moules-Frites (the main dish of mussels and fries) and Carbonade flamande (a Belgian beef and onion stew made with beer) are some of the Belgium national dishes.
Regional and seasonal ingredients are the main ingredients of traditional Belgium food recipes. Belgian dishes include potatoes, leeks, grey shrimp, white asparagus, Belgian endives, and local beer. In addition, these are also known as Belgium staple food.
The typical time to eat in Belgium is four times a day. A light breakfast, medium lunch, a snack, and a large dinner are the intake proportions of food in a day. In fact, the land has something for everyone. It never disappoints anyone. Vegetarian cuisines and non-veg cuisines both have a fair share in Belgium's famous food list.
Belgium is the land of chocolates. In fact, the super popularity of chocolate makes it a major part of Belgium's national foods. The variety is uncountable and the chocolate tastes delectable. No chocolate compares to the chocolate of Belgian chocolate. Cheesecake, pastries, waffles, and fries are top Belgium famous foods all over the world.
Belgium has many beverages to serve. Beer is one of the prominent drinks in Belgium. In fact, the variety of beer is uncountable. You can certainly enjoy a new beer every day and even after four years, you will not repeat any variety. Other drinks are Jenever (local spirit drink). Coffee and juices are consumed daily on a large scale.
Must-Try Delicacies: Belgian Fries, Moules-Frites, Stoemp, Grey shrimp Croquettes, Speculaas, Waterzooi, Belgian Waffles, Belgian Chocolates, Tomates aux Crevettes Grises, and much more.
Must-Try Drinks: Faro, Maitrankl, Gueuze, Chimay Red, Saison, Black Russian, Kriek Lambic, Duvel, Witbier, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Juices, and much more.
To discover the Belgium attractions such as picturesque towns like Brussel, Bruges, and whatnot.
To taste the Belgian delectable foods such as chocolates, waffles, and frites.
You must visit Belgium to discover its spellbinding artistic architecture.
Beer is an institution in Belgium and one of the most preferred drinks by the localities.
Discover the Christmas markets with gorgeous set up of lights, shops, and eateries.
To sight one of the top Belgium's tourist spots like the Royal Palace of Brussels, Brussels museum, and a lot more places.
You should visit Belgium because getting to Belgium is easy. Car, train, plane, ferry, it is accessible by every means.
Belgians are really grounded, warm, and friendly. So, you do not feel out of place at all.
If you are a comic-head, then Belgium is for you as Belgians are crazy about comic caricatures like Tintin and much more. They even doodle it on the walls and streets.
Belgium is the pioneer of Art Nouveau architecture and the first-ever building of such a theme was built in 1893 here.
The land of surrealism that is certainly visible in its nature and environs.
Of course, the world-renowned Belgian chocolates, the varieties, and styles of chocolates are amazing. Belgium is a sweet haven for chocolate lovers.
The excellent art galleries are one of the famous places in Belgium, as these galleries are the caretakers of rich art-history, art-culture, and the art-movement of surrealism.
The Belgium symbolists are unique and wonderful; the expressionists use mystery and poetic approach to justify their creations with metaphors and personifications.
In Belgium, the fun things to do are being a part of the headline shows of theatre, festivals and to get unique enlightenment on the Belgium culture.
To gather all the information on Belgium history regarding WWI in the 'Flanders Fields Museum', the action and the suffering, everything at just one place.
BELGIUM CLIMATE | BELGIUM WEATHER
The best time to visit Belgium is in the spring and autumn months, then denoted months are from April to June, September, and October. Belgium weather becomes moderate and favorable at this time due to which it is the perfect time for sightseeing.
July to August experiences humid weather and the environment is slightly unfavorable to discover during the daytime. Evenings are soothing at this time of the year as it is an escape from the hot weather.
December to March are the coldest months in Belgium. The weather not entirely favorable, in fact, due to heavy snowfall the temperature many times dips below zero. Though it is a perfect time for snow activities, many tourists land up during winters for skiing and other snow sports.
Belgium Weather Spring Months (Peak Season) Weather in Belgium in April
Favorable during day and cold at night.
Weather in Belgium in May
Pleasant evenings with moderate nights and soothing cool breeze.
Weather in April in June
Warm days with moderate evenings.
Summer Months Belgium's weather in July
The weather is hot and humid, unfavorable for a day out.
Autumn Months (Peak Season) Weather in Belgium in September
The trees shed their leaves and color the environment with different contrasts.
Weather in Belgium in October
The weather is moderate in the day and experiences a cool breeze at night.
Winter months (Average Season) Belgium weather in December
The weather is cool and experiences snowfall.
Belgium weather in March
This is the end month of the winter season, but days are still cool.
Belgium Average Temperatures The temperature in Spring (peak season)
The temperature in Belgium in April: 14.3℃
The temperature in Belgium in May: 17℃
The temperature in Summer (off-season)
Belgium's temperature in August: 22℃
The temperature in Autumn (peak season)
The temperature in Belgium in October: 14.7℃
The temperature in Winter
Belgium's temperature in February: 5℃
Visit Belgium with Family
Visit the Grand Place in Central square of Brussels for its opulence.
Gravensteen, an astounding 10th-century castle with alluring views and ostentatious structures.
Belfry of Bruges, a medieval bell tower on the market square with a unique architectural approach.
Visit Belgium as a Couple
Mini-Europe, discover all the top Belgium tourist attractions in a miniature theme park.
Eau d'Heure lakes, the Belgian spot is an amazing tourist spot with five divine artificial lakes.
Sonian Forest, the color palette of nature and a dense forest renowned for hiking and deer watching.
Visit Belgium with Friends
The Zwin, a natural reserve on the Belgian-Dutch border with lush green spaces and Flemish coast.
Walibi Belgium, the nerve wrenching amusement park with thrilling rides and heart-pumping fun activities to take part with your friends.
Baraque de Fraiture, a forested peak with 3 ski-slopes and many fun activities to discover.
Visit Belgium with Kids
Pairi Daiza, a zoological and botanical garden complex.
Zoo Antwerpen, a historical animal park established in 1843.
Bobbejaanland, a theme park with mystery games and fun roller coasters to ride.
Boudewijn Seapark, an old-world theme park with surprising dolphin shows.
What to Buy?
Lace (age-old tradition of handmade lace embroidery)
Jewelry with semiprecious stones, like onyx, amethyst and rock crystals
Sugar bomb candies
Art objects like paintings, handmade crafts, and much more
Designer interior decors
Belgium whiskey in a unique package
Crystal ornaments like glassware
Cartoon toys for kids with modern trends
Wellness products like essential oils, teas, and massage oils
Coffee with specific varieties
Fashionable clothes with top-notch style
Authentic Belgian Snacks like an all-butter waffle, other cookies, and a lot more
Egg white soup (soap made of pure egg-whites) as a souvenir
Hand-blown glass Christmas balls
Royal Palace of Brussels
It is the official palace of the Belgian kings and queens. It is renowned as a top Belgium tourist attraction. The monument is in the center of the nation's capital, Brussels. The architectural magnificence of this palace is outlandish. Timing: Tuesday until Sunday at 10:30 am and closes at 5 pm. On Monday, the Palace is closed. Price: Free
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Belgium is a one-stop destination for art lovers. It is one of the best places to visit in Belgium as here the rich history speaks for itself. You can witness the craft and creativity and admire the beauty of it.
Timing: Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm, and Monday closed. Price: Adults: € 10 (US$ 10.90), Students: € 3 (US$ 3.30)
It is a grand medieval castle. The creation of this fairytale monument is spellbinding. It is one of the famous landmarks in Belgium. The history of the castle dates to 1180. Timing: 24 hours Price: 11.09 USD
Parc du Cinquantenaire
It is a park in the city of Brussels with lush green spaces and a massive architectural structure. The massive park is a top place to see in Belgium. The urban park covers the area of 74 acres. It is a grand spot for family outings. Timing: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 16:45 hours, Monday closed Price: *not mentioned
The miniature park is one of the top sights in Belgium. Mini-Europe receives 350,000 visitors per year. The landmark creations, monuments, structures, and buildings built all over Europe can be witnessed here.
Timings: 09:30 am to 06:00 pm, every day Price: 16.87 USD (adult) and 12.46 USD (child)
Other Popular Places to Visit
Belfry of Bruges
The domain of the Caves of Han
Botanic Garden Meise
Eau d'Heure lakes
Les Grottes de Remouchamps
Grotte de Dinant La Merveilleuse
St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral
Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Brussels Town Hall
Musical Instruments Museum
In Flanders Fields Museum
Baraque de Fraiture
Ice Mountain Adventure Park
Manneken Pis....and many more
Most Popular Regions and Cities to Visit in Belgium Brussels, Belgium
Brussels is the capital and one of the best cities to visit in Belgium. Brussels tourism attracts numerous visitors every year. The palaces, museums, art houses are the centers of Brussels sightseeing. The major things to do in Brussels are to eat, shop, and repeat! Brussels weather is a compliment to its tourist attractions. Places to visit in Brussels: Royal palace of Brussel, Brussel museum, Manneken Pis, Parc du Cinquantenaire, and much more.
It is a port city in Belgium. One of the major things to do in Antwerp is to try out the local cuisines in its authentic restaurants. Antwerp is one of the top cities to visit in Belgium, practically in any season as the weather of Antwerp is highly favorable all year round. Places to visit in Antwerp: Museum aan de Stroom, The Rubens House, Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp, ZOO Antwerpen, and much more.
Bruges is the city of beauty and serenity. This city tops the list of Belgium cities to visit due to its awe-inspiring appearance. Bruges weather compliments its tourist attractions as it forms an amazing panorama. The major things to do in Bruges is to capture the Instagram-worthy shots of its sheer beauty. Places to visit in Bruges: Markt, Belfry of Bruges, Church of Our Lady Bruges, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Groeninge Museum
Ghent, the port city is an old age establishment from the middle ages. Ghent is one of Belgium's top places to see as the attractions narrate the tales of its bygone glory. Ghent's weather is slightly humid during the day, but it is breezy during the evenings. Places to visit in Ghent: Gravensteen, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Het Belfort van Gent, Saint Nicholas' Church, and much more.
Leuven is the brewery town of Belgium. The city comprises tall towers and is characterized by architectural marvels. The weather in Leuven is like the surprise treat of mother nature who invites the visitors with a soothing climate. Places to visit in Leuven: Historical Leuven Townhall, Groot Begijnhof Leuven, Saint Peter's Church, Hortus Botanicus Lovaniensis, and much more.
If you can make time.... More Places to Explore in Belgium
La LouviÃ¨re, Belgium
Dendermonde, Belgium....and many more
Carnaval De Binche
The festival first took place in the 14th century. It is one of the most loved traditional festivals in Belgium. This is a three-day-long festival that features confetti spread streets, harlequins, peasants, and Pierrots who parade along the pathways. Location: All over Belgium Date: February
Bruges Beer Festival
It is a known fact that Belgium is a beer destination with countless varieties of beer to serve. The best thing to do in Belgium for all the beer-lovers is to be a part of this festival and enjoy it to the fullest. Location: Bruges Date: Jan/Feb
Brussels Animation Film Festival
It is also known as the Anima Festival. The annual festival invites thousands of people, especially animation makers who eagerly wait every year for this festival. On a large screen, all the top animation movies are played for the viewers. Location: Brussels Date: Varies
Elrow Town Summer festival
The legendary party concept is adapted from Spain. The party is a fun blast with live music performance, numerous food stalls, and ground to dance on the fast beats. Witness the mind-blowing performances, throbbing basslines, dazzling performers, stunts by trapeze artists from around the world. Location: Belgium Date: Varies
Paradise City Festival
It is a phenomenal and mind-boggling mix of electronic music, dance, food, and international DJs. It is an electronic music fest with contemporary participating from all over the world and pumped up group performances. The massive crowd turns up for this mega fiesta! Location: Kasteelhoekstraat, 1820 Steenokkerzeel, Belgium Date: June/July
The passport validity to travel to Belgium must be of at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area. Citizens of 116 countries can enter Belgium visa-free.
Belgium Visa Requirements:
Belgium visa application form
Copies of previous visas (if applicable)
Language Preference Form
Round-trip Flight Itinerary
Schengen Travel Insurance
Belgium Visa Cost:
The short-term visa (Visa C) fee for Belgium is 60 Euros and for the long-term visa (Visa D), it is 180 Euros.
Belgium Tourist Visa:
Citizens do not need to obtain a Belgium Visa when traveling to Belgium for up to 90 days for tourism and business purposes. However, US nationals are required to hold a US passport, which should be valid for at least the months beyond the period of their stay in Belgium.
**Info: The U.S. emergency passport is not valid for visa-free entry into Belgium.
List of Countries that can travel visa-free to Belgium:
Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City. Visa-free entry (3 months):
Seychelles, Honduras, Saint Kitts, and Nevis, Namibia, Malaysia, Guyana, Grenada, and El Salvador.
Visa-free entry (90 days):
Venezuela, Vanuatu, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Tuvalu, Turkey, Tunisia, Trinidad, and Tobago, Tonga, Timor-Leste, South Africa, Solomon Islands, Singapore, Serbia, Senegal, Samoa, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Qatar, Peru, Paraguay, Palau, North Macedonia, Nicaragua, Morocco, Moldova, Montenegro, Micronesia, Mauritius, Marshall Islands, South Korea, Japan, Jamaica, Israel, Haiti, Guatemala, Gambia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Costa Rica, Chile, Brunei, Brazil, Botswana, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bolivia, Argentina, and Albania.
Visa-free entry (15 days):
Sao Tome and Principe E-visa for Belgium (30 days):
Angola, Azerbaijan, and Oman Transit visas
You do not require a visa to transit through Belgium on the way to another destination. The traveler must be in possession of a passport valid for 6 months beyond travel dates, a round-trip or onward ticket, and a valid visa for the next destination (if required).
**Please note that the information is subject to change. For the latest information and updates, please contact your embassy.
Renting a car in Belgium is convenient and there are many public spots available that help you in renting a car as per your desire. You can simply tell your budget and route and you can roam around in Belgium easily, but it is a bit costly.
Belgium has better rail connectivity in and around. In fact, the price of the tickets is affordable and is perfect for budget traveling. Trams are usually available on the coastal side and trains connect every city and town. Just go through the schedule as per your convenience.
Belgium has a specific bicycle stands in many parts of the cities and towns. It is a perfect means of transportation for solo travelers or backpackers. The renting cycle stands can be a spot in many public areas.
Via Road Route
Belgium is surrounded by four other European nations and it is a perfect place to reach via road route as the border security is good and the visitors can enjoy a perfect long drive. It is recommended to keep the valid documents while crossing borders.
Via Air Route
Belgian airlines serve 90 international destinations in 42 countries. The flight availability is amazing, and the tickets are available as per your plan. It is one of the safest and fastest means of transportation to reach Belgium.
Via train Route
Train services and connectivity for Belgium is amazing. Many trains leave for Belgium from the neighboring countries. The tickets are affordable, and the journey is comfortable too.
Heavy beer can be expensive so go through the price range first.
Interestingly, there is no last call in the Belgian bars, so you can enjoy as much as you want without any time limit.
Belgian has over 1000 beer types, so, there are different glass types for each type of beer; you must handle it with care.
All the top Belgium tourist attractions can be reached within two hours, so it is easy to get around in Belgium.
Antwerp and Ghent are the towns with anything and everything, starting from coffee houses, antique markets, and many others.
Belgian theatre and art centers are a must-watch, you can find amazing shows in the evening.
Rain might pour like a surprise gift of nature so make sure to carry an umbrella with you and keep a note of the weather reports of Belgium.
English is easily understood by the localities, so, there is no need to learn the official language.
Brussels is a must-visit as it is the historical capital of Belgium.
Bicycle is a convenient means of transportation within the cities with huge parking areas of bicycles.
Buy a Belgium city card by which you can pay to sight the top attraction. Also, avail discount, it makes traveling and sightseeing in Belgium easy.
All over Europe many museums are closed on Mondays so make sure to keep a track of the Belgium attractions and their opening timings before you go out for a visit.
There are many luggage lockers sections available outside the tourist attractions, so you can travel with your luggage tension free.
Make sure to try the restaurant meals for a fast-track taste tour of the local and authentic Belgian cuisines.
Waffles are the king of Belgian snacks, so, you must try it.
Belgium has a wealth of amazing sights and architecture to explore.
Keep your pronunciation tab always open while traveling as it might be hard to pronounce several names of the places.
Pack weather favorable clothes.
Make use of public charging spots in case of emergencies.
Do not reveal the location of your accommodation to strangers.
Do always carry some local currency.
Do make a note of the traffic rules and regulations of Belgium before self-driving.
Tipping is common at restaurants.
Signing for travel insurance is highly RECOMMENDED.
Do not indulge in any sort of photography in the prohibited areas.
It is recommended to hook onto the Wi-Fi as much as possible for better connectivity.
It is highly recommended to use public transport like rented cars, trains, etc. for an amazing travel experience.
Make sure to buy the handmade home decors.
Belgium is a highly developed country; it is largely free of violent crimes.
Belgium is relatively free of terrorist attacks or activities.
Heavy tourist attractions can be a spot of pickpocketing and small thefts or burglary.
When walking back to your hotel at night, stay in well-lit areas.
Be aware of phishing and prank calls.
DO NOT disclose your personal number to any stranger.
Keep your luggage and bags safe to avoid any mishappening.
Be aware of the bar scams.
DO install the translation app of the Belgian language, just for safety.
Be cautious in the mountains while hiking.
Make sure to wear safety gear while skiing and taking part in snow activities.
DO NOT reveal your address or room number to any stranger.
Always keep printed proof of all the pre-bookings or online bookings you make.
DO keep your visa and passport in your bag before heading out.
Obtain a valid tourist driving license before renting a car.
DO NOT click pictures of the restricted areas.
Always keep the emergency numbers of Belgium (112) on speed dial.
Never violate any rules and regulations in Belgium to avoid heavy penalties.
Give respect to others and do not speak ill of anyone.
Park vehicles in the legit parking places only.
The medical facilities in Belgium are on par with its European neighbors.
Must carry a first aid.
Do take mosquito repellents to avoid mosquito-borne diseases.
Get a vaccination for:
Mumps and rubella (MMR)
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)
Get medical insurance before traveling to Belgium.
Obtain an eye-cooling drop to protect the eyes from being strained.
It is recommended to keep face masks to avoid tiny dust particles.
Always keep hand sanitizers.
Do carry wet tissues.
Germ-kill sprays are a must to carry.
Carry your medications for a considerable period.
Do keep valid prescriptions in case of emergencies.
Do carry painkillers and pain relief sprays.
WHAT TO PACK?
Tank tops and t-shirts
Camisoles and cardigan
Pair of gloves
Pair of goggles
Battery charger and power bank
Camera with extra batteries
A light jacket or pullovers
Waterproof jackets or umbrella
Passport and Visa
Printed travel documents and tickets
Sport shoes or hiking shoes
Small backpack to carry essentials
DRESS CODE & ETIQUETTE
Belgians are not conservative in terms of dressing code and really anything is acceptable.
Black is always a popular color.
Belgium does not have any specific dress code, usually, tourists wear understated casual clothes.
Dress as per the weather conditions, winters can be freezing so do carry thermals.
Mainly dark solid colors are worn for official meetings.
You can experiment with hints of French fashion.
Belgian women wear suits for business-related work, dresses, or skirts for a casual day out and bling blouses with simple accessories for the parties.
Belgians have an elegant and traditional sense of style.
PLACES TO VISIT NEAR BELGIUM France (504 km)
The Western European country is famous for its medieval cities, castles, alpine villages, and Mediterranean beaches. The classical museums, fashion houses, and the palatial structures are its treasures and identity with its top tourist attraction. Do not forget to visit its capital city, Paris.
Germany (539.6 km)
The Western European country is the amalgamation of the landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges, and the North Sea beaches. The millennia-old rich history of this place is utterly amazing. It is one of the top European nations with political and economic prominence.
Luxembourg (172.0 km)
It is a small European country and the amazing nation holds dense Ardennes forests, nature parks, rocky gorges of the Mullerthal region, and much more. The city is renowned for its fortified medieval old town perched on sheer cliffs.
Netherlands (224.7 km)
It is located in the northwestern part of Europe. The country is renowned for its flat landscape of canals, tulip fields, windmills, and cycling routes. The rich history of war and top names like Anne frank are a part of its identity.
Distance Between Places of Importance In And Around Belgium
Brussel to Bruges: 98.0 km
Bruges to Ghent: 52.1 km
Brussel to Ghent: 57.5 km
Brussel to Berlin: 764.6 km
Brussel to Paris: 314.1 km
Brussels to Amsterdam: 210.4 km....and many more
Ghent in Belgium is extremely vegetarian friendly and even has a "Veggie Thursday".
Audrey Hepburn, the epitome of elegance and an iconic Hollywood star was born in Brussels.
As a world record, Belgium had no government for a long period of time. Also, for 589 days Belgium operated without a govt.
More than 600,000 tons of chocolate is produced in Belgium per annum.
The Zaventem Airport is the chocolate spot in Belgium.
The co-inventor of WWW, Robert Cailliau is a Belgian.
The "Communist Manifesto" was written in Brussels.
The French Belgians are amazing comic creators.
In the 1970s, light beer was served during school lunch.
There are three official languages in Belgium and none of them is Belgian.
Belgium's football team is number 1 in the world.
There are more than 10 types of potatoes in Belgium.
Belgian chocolates are the best chocolates in the world.
French fries are originated in Belgium.
Belgian beer has so many varieties that you can have it daily for 4 years and still won't repeat any type.
The major fact about Belgium culture is that it is multilingual, and the geography is divided as per the language dominance.
Every Belgian beer has its own specially built glass.
Belgium's highways are lit up at night.
Belgians are so friendly that you can be friends even with small talks.
Belgians love cookbooks.
Belgium is world-renowned for its comic strips.
Flowers are used for making Belgian carpets.
Many world-famous painters are Belgian like Rubens, Ensor, Magritte, and many more.
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