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Belgium Travel Guide

Quick Facts

💰Currency Euro (€)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = €0.95
💬Languages Dutch, French, German
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Brussels
👥Population 11.5 million
🚘Driving Side right
🔌Plugs C, E
🕑Time Central European Time (UTC+01:00)
🍽️Must-Try Belgian Waffles, Mussels and Fries, Chocolate, Beer

Backpacker Budget: US$55 (€ 52)

Hostel Dorm US$23 (€ 22)
Takeaway Meal US$10 (€ 10)
Public transport US$3 (€ 3)
Long-distance bus US$10 (€ 10)
Entrance Fee US$13 (€ 12)
Beer US$4 (€ 4)

When to go?

January-April Low season
May-August High season
September-December Low season

What's unique?

Welcome to Belgium, a small country with a big heart. Known for its chocolate, beer, and stunning architecture, this vibrant nation is packed with surprises at every turn.

Belgium boasts an unrivaled culinary scene that will tantalize your taste buds. Indulge in mouthwatering waffles drizzled with sweet syrup or treat yourself to the famous Belgian fries, served piping hot and crispy. And of course, no visit to Belgium is complete without sampling their exceptional array of world-class beers, from refreshing lagers to rich trappist ales.

Beyond its gastronomic delights, Belgium enchants visitors with its breathtaking cities. Explore the medieval charm of Bruges with its winding canals and cobblestone streets or wander through the grand squares of Brussels admiring iconic landmarks like the Manneken Pis statue and the magnificent Grand Place.

Whether you're strolling along picturesque streets lined with colorful houses or immersing yourself in art museums showcasing masterpieces by Flemish painters like Bruegel and Rubens, Belgium offers an experience that seamlessly blends history, culture, and sheer beauty.

Bruges
Bruges

Must-See Belgium
(10 days)

  1. 1
    Brussels

    Visit the historic city center, Grand Place, Manneken Pis, and the Atomium.

  2. 2
    Ghent

    Discover the medieval architecture of the city, visit the Castle of the Counts, and enjoy the vibrant street art scene.

  3. 3
    Bruges

    Explore the beautiful medieval city center, visit the Belfry of Bruges and take a boat tour along the canals.

  4. 4
    Antwerp

    Experience the fashion and art scene, visit the Cathedral of Our Lady and explore the trendy neighborhoods.

  5. 5
    Namur

    Discover the Citadel of Namur, stroll along the Meuse River, and visit the ancient city walls.

  6. 6
    Dinant

    A charming Belgian town nestled along the picturesque River Meuse, renowned for its scenic citadel, imposing cliffs, and rich cultural heritage.

Antwerp
Antwerp

Fun Fact

Belgium is famous for its comic strips and is home to the Smurfs and Tintin.

FAQ

Is Belgium safe for tourists?

Yes, Belgium is generally safe for tourists. However, it's always recommended to take standard safety precautions and be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded tourist areas.

What are the top tourist destinations in Belgium?

Some of the top tourist destinations in Belgium include Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, and the Ardennes region.

What languages are spoken in Belgium?

The main languages spoken in Belgium are Dutch, French, and German.

What is the best way to get around Belgium?

Belgium has an efficient public transportation system, including trains, trams, and buses. It's recommended to use public transportation or walk within cities. Renting a car is also an option for exploring rural areas.

Travel Tips

  • Money Cards are accepted universally
  • ATM Fees Most ATMs charge no fees
  • Free ATMs Beobank, ING, KBC
  • ATMs to avoid (high fees) Euronet
  • Do try to speak a few words of the local language, such as 'hello' and 'thank you'.
  • Don't eat or drink while walking in public places.
  • Don't address people in French in Flanders or in Dutch in Wallonia.
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