Belgium is so much more than the EU, here is an exciting history with past and present. This makes the capital Brussels a perfect destination for those interested in history.
On this page you will find practical information and facts about Belgium.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELING IN BELGIUM
Weather and best time to travel
Belgium has a temperate coastal climate, which means that there is precipitation all year round, but that the temperatures are neither extremely high nor low. Belgium is therefore excellent to visit all year round, as long as you are prepared for changes in the weather and remember the sunglasses in the summer, the umbrella in the autumn and a hat in the winter. Visit shoefrantics.com for Belgium travel destinations.
In Belgium, the euro (EUR) is used. Credit cards work basically everywhere and there are plenty of ATMs.
Bus / train:
Prices for public transport are subsidized by the state and are very good transport options both in Brussels and within the country.
Several Belgian cities such as Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent have lovely, old-fashioned trams that make the transport itself an experience in itself.
In most countries, tips are part of the salaries of employees in the service industry. Therefore, it is good practice (and sometimes directly necessary) to give tips to, for example, cleaning staff, waiters, guides, drivers, etc. depending on the country you are visiting. Therefore, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with how much is normally given in tips and to whom before you embark on your journey. Find information on tips in Lonely Planet’s guidebooks.
LANGUAGE: FRENCH, FLEMISH (DUTCH) AND GERMAN
CLIMATE: TEMPERATE COASTAL CLIMATE
RELIGION: THE MAJORITY ARE CATHOLICS
INFORMATION ABOUT BELGIUM
A small country with a great history
West of Germany is Belgium. The country has more inhabitants than Sweden on an area less than 10% of Sweden’s entire land area. But despite its small size, Beligen has a large and exciting history. After the revolution of 1830, Belgium became detached from the Netherlands, which means that today you can meet Belgians who speak French, German and Dutch, depending on where in the country you are. And not only that, Beligen has also played a major role in world history. After the liberation, the country was given the epithet “Battlefield of Europe” due in part to the two world wars in which many of the battles took place on Belgian soil. Today, Belgium is more of a European conference center as both the EU and NATO have their headquarters in the capital Brussels. And especially the EU headquarters happily opens its doors to visitors to the city.
The Belgian cuisine
You absolutely do not have to go home hungry from Beligen. The Belgian cuisine is incredibly delicious and is the creator of the world classic french fries (no matter what you say in France) and the further development of how to prepare mussels for the parade dish moules-frites. Then add delicacies such as Belgian beer and Belgian chocolate, both of which are known throughout Europe for their high quality.
EU headquarters is just one of the places to visit in Belgium’s exciting capital Brussels. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the huge, historic Grote Markt, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit beautiful St. Michael’s Cathedral or relax in the beautiful, green Parc de Bruxelles or the Jubilee Park. Brussels offers a metropolitan experience for all tastes.