Practical information about Belgium

Atomium from the Bruparck

It would be difficult to find a country as Belgium, with so much history and so many cities marked by the architectural beauty. A perfect place for a holiday linked with the Middle Age, the Renaissance or Baroque.

Located in Central Europe, between two old empires as France and Germany, in its grounds have occurred some of the most important battles in the history, as Waterloo and the fall of Napoleon, or the Battle of the Ardennes in the Second World War. Also, great artists were born or have lived in Belgium, like Rubens, Hergé, René Magritte and great amount of Flemish painters.

Belgium is a paradise for lovers of medieval cities such as Bruges and Ghent especially, although it’s impossible not to remember Leuven or Mechelen. Brussels is more elegant, although many people thinks is too serious, but with its Grand Place, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, the Belgian capital is a treasure to be discovered. Add too the exquisite taste of the Belgian chocolates and beer and you will discover a fantastic country.

TOURISTIC DESTINATIONS

  • Brussels

The belgian capital will be our first stop in Belgium. Brussels was born in the Grand Place and extends through the neighborhood of the Bourse, and the streets of its historic center. The Cathedral of San Miguel and Santa Gúdula, the curious statue of Manneken Pis, The Royal Palace, the Galleries of Saint Hubert or the Atomium, are the visits you can’t lose.

  • Bruges

Without a doubt, Bruges is one of the best preserved medieval cities. It’s a magical place, romantic and evocative. Patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO, its historic center, plenty of channels, and its medieval gothic architecture make it all a fairy tale. From the Grote Markt, with the silhouette of the Belfort overhanging the rooftops, up to the square of the Burg, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, the Town Hall and the walk through the channels. And, of course, the Minnewater, the Lake of Love. A feast for all the senses.

Grote Markt in Bruges

Grote Markt, in Bruges

  • Ghent

It’s another huge medieval legacy. Here we can visit its historical center, with the Cathedral of Saint Bavo, the Town Hall, the Clote Hall, the Church of San Nicolás, and the beauty of the Graslei and Korenlei. We must visit the Gravensteen, or Castle of the counts, as well as the large number of museums of the city. Sit down also to enjoy a good beer in one of the terraces of their seats. The atmosphere is very lively.

Finally it should be noted Tournai, with its Grand Place and the Cathedral, declared Patrimony of the Humanity; Liege and its beauty asleep next to the Maas; Antwerp with the Grote Markt, its cathedral and the zoo; Namur and its citadel in the top of the city, Heritage of Humanity; the small jewel picturesque Dinant, next to the Maas; Ostend and its line of the coast; and Waterloo, where to amuse us before the historical fact of the famous battle.

WEATHER IN BELGIUM

Belgium has a weather with mild winters and summers slightly hot. In the north the temperatures are cold in winter, with an average of 2 degrees, and some 18 in summer. In the interior of Belgium it is possible that the winters are colder, even with snow, and summers have an average of 25 degrees. The area of the Ardennes is much more cold in winter. Usually rain throughout the year, and it is not surprising that do so assiduously in summer.

CURRENCY

The currency in Belgium is the Euro.

GASTRONOMY

Country of the beer and chocolate, Belgium is much more than these two products. One of its typical dishes is the mussels and french fries. The variety of elaboration of the mussels is very varied, and the chips can be found in any part, irrigated a large amount of sauces. To this is added the herring, some soup, a good meat dish, with a fillet of beef or chicken waterzooi (stew) and some chocolate desert, especially the waffles. All accompanied with the enormous variety of beers in the country.

Goffres in Belgium

Goffres in Belgium

LANGUAGES

In Belgium is spoken French and Dutch or Flemish, although the linguistic variety also extends to the English and German. French is spoken in the area of the Wallonia, while Dutch is more own of Flanders where they speaks too the flemish. In Brussels speak both languages. In the area of Liège you speak some German, because of its proximity to Germany. Bruges and Ghent are more Dutch-speaking. However, you can also speak in English, and in Spanish in many plkaces because they are used to see tourists.

SHOPPING

It’s normal to buy some beer and, especially, chocolate, as there are shops throughout the country. The most appreciated chocolates are the pralinés and confectionery, as well as the waffles. Of Belgium are also famous the comics and figurines of their characters, as Tintin or Lucky Luke; also the Antwerp diamond, embroidery and lace of Bruges, the antiques marketss from Brussels and Ghent…

AIRPORTS

Belgium has five airports, although the most important is in Brussels, located 12 kilometers from the capital. It will surely be at the airport to which you will come on your trip. We also have the Charleroi Airport or Brussels South, located 46 kilometers from Brussels. It also has airport in Antwerp, Ostende and Liege, but these are reserved for domestic flights.

HOTELS IN BELGIUM

You will find accommodation of all kinds. You can book rooms in modern and exclusive hotels, middle-class hotels and hostels or cheapest pension. It is possible too to rent rooms or small apartments by days, weeks or months, in addition to the bed & breakfast, farms or small houses of rural tourism. Accommodation options are very varied.

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