BELGIUM TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

Is Belgium the ultimate European destination for chocolate and beer lovers? Perhaps, but we definitely know that Belgium is a destination for every traveller! With its myriad of famous World War battlegrounds, more castles per square mile than any other country, every type of museum imaginable - and more than 1000 beer breweries! - all packed into a tiny country, you can hardly go wrong. Belgium is far from boring and once you've been there, you would agree that it might just be one of Europe's most underrated destinations. Home to the EU, NATO and a host of giant corporations, the thought of Belgium can easily conjure up images of a stuffy business destination but it's much more than that. Home to stunning architecture and dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites, you will be delighted with its town squares and funky urban neighbourhoods along with some of Europe's best beer, creamiest chocolate and crispiest fries.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Belgium has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not arriving from EEA Member States, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.
Nationals, permanent residents, and long-term visa holders of EEA Member States, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and their family members may still enter Belgium from outside of those countries, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.Travelers entering Belgium from outside the Schengen area or any high risk area must present a completed Health Declaration Form upon arrival. The form can be found here.Belgium has created a 'traffic light' system to track countries and regions which are experiencing high incidence rates of COVID-19. Travelers from "red zones" will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Belgium, while those entering Belgium from "orange" regions are asked to be vigilant. The updated list of regions can be found on this site (in French).Diplomats, humanitarian aid workers, and military personnel may enter the country.
Nationals of Andorra, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City may enter Belgium with proof of connection travel to their home country.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Brussels
  • Currency : Euro (EUR)
  • Area: 30,510 km²
  • Population: 10,414,336 (July 2009 est.)
  • Language: Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 75%, Protestant or other 25% - however most people are not religious.
  • Electricity: 230/50Hz (European plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 1 May, Labor Day

  • 11 July, Flemish Community Holiday

  • 21 July, National Holiday

  • 15 August, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • 27 September, French Community Holiday

  • 1 November, All Saints Day

  • 11 November, Armistice Day

  • 15 November, German Community Holiday

Also, Easter, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Pentecost (Whit Sunday), and Whit Monday (the Monday after Pentecost).

BEST TIME TO VISIT

For the most visited tourist spots in Belgium like Bruges, you will find peak season to coincide with the European summer. From although from mid-June things really gets a lot busier - with long days filled with festivals and sunny weather, summer can still be a good time to visit despite the crowds in some areas. During late spring and during fall you will find milder weather and thinner crowds with the weather still pleasant. (Just watch out for holiday long-weekends). The slower season starts as early as late October and weather can be wet and cold with an influx of coastal wind. During this time you can still comfortably visit cities but might find the countryside a bit dreary.

 

Belgium's latitude and the proximity of the sea warmed by the Gulf Stream give Belgium a temperate maritime climate characterised by moderate temperatures, prevailing southerly to westerly winds, abundant cloud cover and frequent precipitation. Summers are relatively cool and humid and winters relatively mild and rainy.

 
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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Belgium can start as early as November and lasts until the end of March. The busiest period is from mid December through to February, with the lesser crowded times in the beginning of December and March.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Belgium is from May to September. April and October are also feasible, but the temperatures can be rather low and the days are also shorter.

BEACH:

Belgium's short 60km long coast is lined with beautiful beaches such as: Ostend, De Panne, Blankenberg, De Haan, Oostduinkerke, Nieuwpoort, Middelkerke, Knokke-Heist, Koksijde & Zeebrugge.

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Belgium's short 60km long coastline has approximately 15 kitesurfing spots along it, such as De Haan. While some spots are a little close to buildings, at least the wind is fairly constant from March through till November.

SURFING:

Despite Belgium's extremely short coastline, there are some great surf spots such as Mariakerke, Westende, Ooostduinkerke and Bredene around Oostende as well as Blankenberge and Surfers Paradise near the Dutch border.

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in Belgium are seen as some of the most progressive in Europe and in the world. Same-sex sexual activity was legalised in 1795, with an equal age of consent, except from 1965 until 1985. After granting same-sex couples domestic partnership benefits in 2000, Belgium became the second country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in 2003.

 

Today same-sex relationships are widely accepted and Belgium hosts annual Pride events.

 

HEALTH

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WHERE TO GO

If you're into history and wars then Belgium has loads to keep you busy on that front alone. The Battle of Waterloo took place in 1815 and bought an abrupt end to the Napoleonic Wars of the time. You can visit the site of the famous event as well as other attractions relating to the battle. More infamous and unmissable World War battlefields can be found near Ypres in the form of Flanders Fields with memorials, museums and cemeteries are interspersed with artillery craters and pastures.

You can literally spend an entire lifetime visiting castles around Belgium with more than 3000 of these ancient structures scattered around the country. Of particular interest due to its age is Castle of Bouillon in the Ardennes.

Built during the 12th century, the Cathedral of Our Lady in Tournai (Notre Dame) is an incredible example of Romanesque architecture.

 

CITIES:

Bruges - The oldest and most picturesque city of Old Flanders is a Gothic wonder with its charming cobblestone alleys and intimate city squares. Famous for its chocolate shops on every corner and world-class beer, you will wonder at the medieval rooftops, get lost amongst the canals an, immerse yourself amongst in world of Flemish masterpieces of art and architectures. For a perfect way to capture the magic of the city take a half-hour canal trip!

 

Brussels - Urbane capital of Belgium, the European Union, and NATO, with one of Europe's grandest squares. Most travellers just breeze through en route to Amsterdam or Paris but Brussels is more than just a stuffy corporate zone. It's a picturesque city with wonderful architecture, plenty of delightful urban zones and best of all - tons of delicious food and beer.

 

Antwerp - Second largest city and home to excellent shopping and Belgiums best fashion, Antwerp is a modern city offering a mix of its old school port city grittiness and its youthful, trendy vibe.

 

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