Belgium

COUNTRY OVERVIEW AND TRAVEL GUIDE

Officially called the Kingdom of Belgium, this small country known for its Medieval towns and NATO headquarters is located in North-Western Europe.  There are 3 languages, and it's one of the most densely populated countries in Europe.  Read on to discover all Belgium has to offer! 

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Belgium is nicknamed the Battlefield of Europe due to the numerous armies fighting on its soil and its strategic location.  With these wars behind them, today, this beautiful country is known for its Renaissance architecture, Medieval towns, and the headquarters of both NATO and the European Union.  

 

Here are just a few ways visitors can experience the beauty of Belgium; take a stroll around the peaceful Minnewaterpark in Bruges, followed by sunset views at Rosary Quay.  While in Gent shop for fine lace, and walk along the river on Graslei to take in the incredible Medieval architecture.  When you arrive in Brussels, sample waffles and Moules Frites until your heart's content, experience painted masterpieces at the Old Masters Museum, and finish off by visiting Train World to see what it’s like to drive a locomotive.

CITIES IN THIS GUIDE

1.   BRUSSELS

2.   GENT

3.   BRUGES

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GENT

BRUSSELS

BRUGES

CAPITAL CITY: Brussels 

CURRENCY: Euro

VOLTAGE: 230 V

LANGUAGE: Mostly Dutch, but also a large percentage of French and German

TIME ZONE: CET - (Central European Time) and CEST - (Central European Summer Time)

TELEPHONE CODE: 32

COUNTRY EMERGENCY CODES:  112 (Fire), 112 (Medical), 101 (Police)

POPULATION: 11.5 Million

Practical Information

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Weather & When to Go The best time to visit Belgium is in the spring and fall, from April to June and September to October.  There are plenty of festivals and activities to take part in, the weather is quite pleasant, and there are fewer crowds than in the summer months.  As another bonus, prices will be slightly lower at this time of year.  The weekends are busier as Europeans take trips to Ghent and Bruges; however, the weekdays are optimal for exploring Belgium's cities.  

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What to Pack     If you’re heading to Belgium in the spring and fall, be sure to dress in layers.  While the early morning hours may be a bit chilly, the weather will warm up, and it’s often possible to remove layers in the afternoon.  Capris with a lightweight coat are great options for this time of year.  Winter visits mean bundling up with coats, hats and mitts, while summer means shorts, tanks and sundresses.  Don’t forget that rain can happen anytime, especially in the spring, summer and fall, which means an umbrella or lightweight poncho is a great option to carry along.  You can find a more comprehensive packing list in the templates section of this website to help plan your trip.

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Travel Insurance There will be no other item you take with you on any trip that will be more important than travel insurance.  Life happens my friends; things go wrong.  Even the best-planned trip is not without its potential mishaps, and a great place to start is your own credit card.  I purchased insurance for years before finding out that my credit card offered incredible protection for up to 15 days of International travel at no extra cost to me.  You can also look at insurance through your bank or a company such as World Nomads, which has very reasonable prices for their coverage.  

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Safety  Belgium is generally a safe destination for travellers; however, there are petty crimes that tend to occur in the larger cities.  Crimes such as pickpockets and purse snatching tend to be more prevalent around tourist hot spots while serious crime rates are low.   It’s a good idea to stay off of the streets alone at night and be sure to check the safety information of the city you will be travelling to.  For example, in Brussels, areas that you should stay away from at night include the North station district in Schaerbeek, Grand Place and Mantonge. Keep your belongings close, bags zipped shut, and use RFID protectors for your credit and debit cards. 

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Transportation The transportation system in Belgium is not only convenient but also very efficient.  With various modes of transport from rail, water, tram, bus, and metro, there are no shortage of options to make travelling from one end of the country to another a breeze.  There are even alternative options, including renting a Citybike, an electric scooter, or carsharing companies that rent by kilometre and time, which can often be cheaper than a car rental company.   

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Vaccines Some people are resistant to the idea of vaccines and medications, and that is understandable.  It is best to look into them with your doctor before travelling to see your potential exposure and make your own decision.  The suggested vaccines for adults travelling to Belgium are Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.  The Hepatitis A vaccine's effectiveness will typically last for 25 years in adults, while Hepatitis B can last a lifetime when done in the proper succession. If you're an active traveller getting them once will allow you to travel without worry for years to come.   

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Entry Requirements  A country's entry requirements may change over time.  Usually, the requirements are identical from one year to the next, but it is always best to check before departing.  A typical entry condition for most nations is to have a valid passport for at least six months beyond the date you expect to leave the country.  If you reside in Canada, your passport is required to enter Belgium, and if you are staying longer than 90 days, you will also need a Visa. 

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National Holidays Like any country, Belgium celebrates National Holidays. If you are planning on visiting any of the cities at that time, it may result in closures of museums, attractions and possibly some restaurants.  If there is a site you'd like to visit, it's best to check the website ahead of time to ensure it's open;  In addition to the traditional holidays such as Christmas, Easter etc. Belgium’s public holidays also include Labour Day (May 1st, 2021), Ascension Day (May 13th, 2021), Whitsun (May 24th, 2021), National Belgian Holiday (July 21st, 2021), Assumption (Aug 15th, 2021), All Saint’s Day (November 1st, 2021), and Armistice Day (November 11th, 2021).

Budgeting  for Belgium

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? Belgium is an expensive country to visit.  According to Travel Cost Indexes, in 2021, it is the 17th most expensive country to visit in Europe and will cost the average traveller about €110 per person per day.  This section will give you an idea of what to expect in terms of cost for hotels, transportation, attractions, & food.  Use the budget planner in this section to see if Belgium is a feasible destination for your next adventure.  

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BUDGET ACCOMMODATION IN BELGIUM - In 2020, the average cost of a stay at a budget hotel or hostel was in the price range of €23 to €45 per day.  

OVERALL COST PER DAY FOR BUDGET TRAVEL TO BELGIUM - The average cost per person per day for accommodation, transit, attractions and meals would be around €45.  You will have to omit some of the pricier admission fees to stay within this budget or splurge on one or two days to see the attractions you want to visit.

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MID RANGE COST FOR BELGIUM ACCOMMODATIONS In 2020, mid-range accommodation costs were approximately €55 - €109 per night.   

OVERALL COST PER DAY FOR MID-PRICE RANGE TRAVEL TO BELGIUM The average cost per person per day for accommodation, transit, attractions, and meals would be around €110.  This would allow for entrance to most attractions and a sit-down dinner in a cafe or a restaurant, depending on accommodation and sightseeing costs. 

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LUXURY COST FOR BELGIUM ACCOMMODATIONS Accommodation in the luxury price range will land you a hotel in a great location in the historic city centres.  In 2020, the cost of luxury accommodation was approximately €120 - €245 per night.

OVERALL COST PER DAY FOR LUXURY TRAVEL TO BELGIUM The average cost per person per day for accommodation, transportation, attractions, and meals would be around €250; this would allow for entrance to all attractions and sit-down meals in restaurants or cafes.  The number of meals would depend on the cost of accommodation to keep within this budget. 

Resources for Booking

These are the sites I rely on most often for booking hotels and checking reviews.   Booking.com is my go-to site, where I have booked over 70 hotel stays.  Airbnb is also a great option when booking homestays, and Trip Advisor will help verify reviews for any hotel bookings, attractions and tours.   

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COST OF MEALS

The average cost of food per day can range from approximately €13 to €85 or more.  Budget eating will be at fast-food chains and street vendors selling items like waffles and frites.  Dine-in meals will be more costly in tourist areas and pricier at dinner than breakfast or lunch.  

COST OF ATTRACTIONS 

A budget day will include visiting low entrance fee sites like the Botanical Gardens. A great cost-cutting option is a free walking tour of the city.  Visitors with higher budgets will be able to see all museums and attractions.  Attractions will cost approximately €6 to €35 or more if you plan on taking private tours.

COST OF TRANSPORTATION 

Transportation will cost approximately €6 to €30 or more per day depending on the type of transportation used. On the low end, €6 will be the cost of public transport while €30 or more will be for taxis or private cars.   An advantage to train travel in Belgium is that its small size means intercity travel is relatively inexpensive.  In Brussels, while public transit is not costly, crossing from one end of the city to the other will most likely mean transferring trams and buses.  

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Budget Planner This free budget template will help you plan everything from hotel and airfare to transportation, attractions and more! For the budget planner and other free planning templates, click here!  

Things to See & Do

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  BRUSSELS ATTRACTIONS  

1.  MONT DES ARTS - One of Brussels' most iconic views can be seen from the garden of Mont Des Arts.  Walk up to see the sun setting over the city or visit museums in the area like the Magritte Museum or the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.

2.  GRAND PLACE  - The main square in Brussels is a must-visit to admire the impressive Gothic Town Hall's architecture and the neatly lined guild houses.  There are several restaurants and shops in the central part of the square and down the alleyways as well. 

3.  ROYAL PALACE OF BRUSSELS - The official palace of the King and Queen of Belgium.  Budget Tip - Every year between the end of July and the end of August, the palace can be visited for free (except on Mondays).  Be sure to check the website to determine the exact dates for the year you plan to visit.

4.  BRUSSELS TOWN HALL - This is the only surviving building in Grand Place from the Middle Ages, and it's a spectacular example of Gothic architecture.  

5.  ATOMIUM - A landmark building in Brussels used for the Brussels World Fair in 1958 but has since been converted into a museum.   The architecture is made of nine silver spheres connecting internal walkways.  From the top, there is a beautiful 360° view around Brussels.  

6.  ST MICHAEL AND ST GUDULA CATHEDRAL - Built in the Gothic style in the thirteenth century, this cathedral is one of the most important in Brussels since it's the main Catholic Church in Belgium.  Inside, the church has a pulpit carved in wood from 1699 and an organ with four thousand pipes and four keyboards.  

7.  OLD MASTERS MUSEUM - Founded in 1801 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Musee Oldmasters houses a collection of fine paintings from the 15th to the 18th century.  Allow yourself a few hours to explore the collections.  

8.  ART AND HISTORY MUSEUM - If you can get past the fact that the museum is in much need of some updating, you will find yourself in one of the largest museums in Europe with collections from the Middle East, Egypt, Asia, Polynesia and more.  

9.  TRAIN WORLD - a unique break from traditional museums, Train World offers interactive displays that allow guests to experience locomotives from the first steam engines to modern high-speed trains.  Climb aboard the trains, visit a railway house and even feel what it’s like to drive one of these powerful locomotives.  

10.  GAASBEEK CASTLE - Depending on how many castles you’ve visited, you may or may not find Gaasbeek appealing.  It’s about a 30-minute drive and a 10-minute walk from the parking lot to the castle entrance.  The grounds are lovely, and I found it an excellent way to spend a few hours exploring an area surrounding Brussels.  

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  BRUGES ATTRACTIONS 

1.  MARKT - A one-hectare market square in Bruges dominated by the beautiful Belfry Tower and Cloth Hall.  The guild houses and buildings have been turned into restaurants and shops.  If you want to experience the live market with vendors and stalls, currently, Wednesday is the day to visit.

2.  CLIMB BELFRY OF BRUGES - after climbing the 83-meter tall structure and its 336 steps, you will be rewarded with a spectacular view over the city of Bruges and a chance to admire the incredible architecture from a bird's eye view.  

3.  MINNEWATERPARK - Called the Lake of Love, it is a departure from the rest of Bruges with several quiet spots to stop and enjoy the park or take a peaceful stroll.  At Minnewaterpark, you can watch the swans gliding on the water or take in the lovely architecture of a few buildings at the water’s edge. 

4.  BURG SQUARE - One of Bruges' main squares and a former fortress of the city.  Not to be confused with MARKT, this square is surrounded by the beautiful Gothic City Hall built in the 1300s, Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Civil Registry, to name a few.

 

5.  SUNSET AT ROSARY QUAY - Be prepared to be sharing the area with a large number of like-minded tourists and locals; this seems to be one of the most picturesque spots to observe architecture and the city's waterways, especially at sunset.  

6.  CANAL BOAT CRUISE - Such a beautiful way to see the city from a different perspective.  There are many companies offering cruises that vary in time and cost.  I went on the half-hour cruise with Boottochten Brugge and had a wonderful experience. 

7.  TRY BELGIAN WAFFLES - Many places around the city serve Belgian waffles; two great places to try are Chez Albert and the House of Waffles.  Chez Albert has a menu of strictly sweet offerings, while House of Waffles has both savoury and sweet. 

8.  WINDMILL WALK - There are only four windmills along the ramparts, but it’s an excellent opportunity to escape the busyness of the city and walk alongside the canal.  It will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to walk there from the city centre, then about a half-hour to complete the walk if you are stopping along the way to enjoy the scenery.

9.  BASILICA OF THE HOLY BLOOD - A Roman Catholic Basilica from the 12th-century which has a cloth said to be stained with the blood of Christ. There are specific times for viewing, which were between 2pm and 4pm at the time of writing.  Most days, you should be prepared to wait in a queue to view the vial. 

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  GENT ATTRACTIONS  

 

1.  GRAVENSTEEN - A Medieval castle complete with a moat dating back to 1180 right in the middle of the city.  There’s an audio guide available for a tour around the inside.  It would be a shame to visit Gent and not see Gravensteen!

 

2.  GRASLEI AND KORENLEI - Streets in the centre of the city where stunning architecture is reflected in the water of the river Leie.  I visited the area at all different times of the day during my stay in Gent, and it was stunning from morning to evening. Korenlei is on the West Bank, while Graslei is on the East. 

3.  ST NICOLAS’ CHURCH - One of the oldest landmarks in Gent.  It was built in the 13th century in Scheldt Gothic style, which replaced the previous Romanesque-style church.

4.  ST BAVO’S CATHEDRAL - I loved visiting St. Bavo’s Cathedral as it allowed me to view the Gent Altarpiece by Jan Van Eyck.  After years of viewing this masterpiece in Artbooks, it was truly incredible to witness it in person.  Tickets can be booked online.  

5.  STADHUIS (CITY HALL) - An oddity as far as typical City Halls go with one side fashioned in Gothic style and the other in Renaissance.  One stroll around the building and you will see the striking contrast in the architecture making it seem to be two separate structures.  Tours through the inside are available by guide only.  

6.  EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH THE PATERSHOL - An area of beautiful Medieval buildings and cobblestoned streets that house some fantastic cafes and restaurants.  You will find authentic Flemish food as well as international culinary delights. 

7.  BOAT CRUISE THROUGH THE CANALS - Just like the cruises in Bruges, these boat rides offer a unique view of the city.  Several companies provide single trips or hop-on and hop-off options; I chose Boat in Gent and had a great experience.  

8.  THE BELFRY - At almost 300 feet high, the Belfry of Gent overlooks the city and has claimed the title as ‘tallest in Belgium’.  It has been used not only as a clock but also as a fortified watchtower.  Today, there's a lift inside for those who don't want to use the stairs; you can also see the bells in action. Note: there are about 25 stairs to climb to get to the elevator, so it is not entirely barrier-free.  

9.  KORENMARKT - Not only does Korenmarkt connect the two busiest shopping streets in Gent, but it also serves as the main square in the city with restaurants, terraces and bars around the perimeter.  

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Belgium Maps

In this section, you will find a collection of Google Maps showing the attractions to see in Brussels, Bruges and Gent.  In addition, there are attraction site plans and other map-type literature collected during my time in that destination to help you plan your travel to Belgium.  Please note that locations and offerings can change over time, so this should only be used as a general reference.  

GENT ATTRACTION MAPS  

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BRUSSELS ATTRACTION MAPS  

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BRUGES ATTRACTION MAPS  

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Belgium Itinerary

7 DAY ITINERARY FOR BELGIUM This Itinerary is for Train Travel with Stops in Brussels, Gent and Bruges - This itinerary is accompanied by links to Google Maps that show where the points of interest are located.  Feel free to use them to help plan your trip.  You can use the Google Maps app on your phone and download the area of interest when connected to wifi, then use it in real-time on the streets without being charged for data.  Please note - Points of Interest can change over time, and it would be advisable to double-check with your phone carrier that you will not be charged.

Planning Templates

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DAY 5 - EXPLORE GENT

  • Groot Vleeshuis - Great Butcher's Hall

  • Gravensteen Castle

  • Vrijdagmarkt - Square

  • Sint Jacobskerk - Church

  • Saint Michael's Bridge

 

DAY 6 - TAKE THE TRAIN TO BRUGES IN THE AM

See the Map for these Bruges Points of Interest Here!

  • Train in the AM - Travel Time is Approximately 25 minutes

  • Blinde Ezelstraat - Narrow Passageway

  • Stadhuis - City Hall

  • Basilica of the Holy Blood - Chapel

  • Burg - Square

  • Historium Brugge - Interactive Museum

  • Belfort - Bell Tower and Church

  • Markt - Market Square

  • Dumon Chocolate Shop

  • Jan Van Eyck Square

 

DAY 7 - EXPLORE BRUGES

  • St. Bonifaciusbrug - Bridge

  • Church of Our Lady

  • The Chocolate Corner

  • Begijnhof Gateway Bridge

  • Minnewater Kasteel - Pond and Park 

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Belgium Itinerary

 

DAY 5 - 7

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DAY 5 - EXPLORE GENT

  • Groot Vleeshuis - Great Butcher's Hall

  • Gravensteen Castle

  • Vrijdagmarkt - Square

  • Sint Jacobskerk - Church

  • Saint Michael's Bridge

DAY 6 - TAKE THE TRAIN TO BRUGES IN THE AM

See the Map for these Bruges Points of Interest Here!

  • Train in the AM - Travel Time is Approximately 25 minutes

  • Blinde Ezelstraat - Narrow Passageway

  • Stadhuis - City Hall

  • Basilica of the Holy Blood - Chapel

  • Burg - Square

  • Historium Brugge - Interactive Museum

  • Belfort - Bell Tower and Church

  • Markt - Market Square

  • Dumon Chocolate Shop

  • Jan Van Eyck Square

DAY 7 - EXPLORE BRUGES

  • St. Bonifaciusbrug - Bridge

  • Church of Our Lady

  • The Chocolate Corner

  • Begijnhof Gateway Bridge

  • Minnewater Kasteel - Pond and Park 

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DAY 1 - 4

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DAY 1 - EXPLORE BRUSSELS

See the map for these Brussels Points of Interest Here!

  • Church of St. Jean-Baptiste

  • Ste-Catherine Church

  • Place de la Bourse - Stock Exchange Building

  • Manneken Pis - Fountain

  • Brussels Town Hall

  • Grand Place (Grote Markt)

  • Queen's Gallery - Shopping Arcade

  • Galeries St. Hubert - Shopping Arcade

  • Rue de Bouchers - Narrow alleyways with shops

  • King's Gallery - Shopping Arcade

  • Cathedrale des Sts-Michel & Gudule

DAY 2 - EXPLORE BRUSSELS

  • Mont des Arts Garden

  • Place Royale - 18th Century Square

  • Royal Palace of Brussels

  • Place du Grand Sablon - Pedestrian Streets

  • Eglise Notre-Dame du Sablon - Church

  • Place du Petit Sablon - Garden

  • Courthouse

  • Hallepoort - Fortified City Gate

  • Musee des Beaux-Arts d'Ixelles - Museum of Fine Arts

DAY 3 - EXPLORE BRUSSELS

  • Autoworld

  • Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

  • Atomium - Structure made of 9 silver spheres with internal walkways

  • Wander the Streets, and Enjoy Belgian Cuisine

DAY 4 - TAKE THE TRAIN TO GENT

See the map for these Gent Points of Interest Here!

  • Train to Gent in the AM - travel time is approximately 35 minutes

  • St. Bavo's Cathedral

  • Ghent Stadhuis - Town Hall 

  • Belfort - Bell Tower

  • St. Nicholas' Church

  • Korenmarkt - City Square

  • Graslei and Korenlei - Streets along the River Leie

  • St Michael's Bridge

DAY 1 - EXPLORE BRUSSELS

See the map for these Brussels Points of Interest Here!

  • Church of St. Jean-Baptiste

  • Ste-Catherine Church

  • Place de la Bourse - Stock Exchange Building

  • Manneken Pis - Fountain

  • Brussels Town Hall

  • Grand Place (Grote Markt)

  • Queen's Gallery - Shopping Arcade

  • Galeries St. Hubert - Shopping Arcade

  • Rue de Bouchers - Narrow alleyways with shops

  • King's Gallery - Shopping Arcade

  • Cathedrale des Sts-Michel & Gudule

 

DAY 2 - EXPLORE BRUSSELS

  • Mont des Arts Garden

  • Place Royale - 18th Century Square

  • Royal Palace of Brussels

  • Place du Grand Sablon - Pedestrian Streets

  • Eglise Notre-Dame du Sablon - Church

  • Place du Petit Sablon - Garden

  • Courthouse

  • Hallepoort - Fortified City Gate

  • Musee des Beaux-Arts d'Ixelles - Museum of Fine Arts

 

DAY 3 - EXPLORE BRUSSELS

  • Autoworld

  • Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

  • Atomium - Structure made of 9 silver spheres with internal walkways

  • Wander the Streets, and Enjoy Belgian Cuisine

 

DAY 4 - TAKE THE TRAIN TO GENT

See the map for these Gent Points of Interest Here!

  • Train to Gent in the AM - travel time is approximately 35 minutes

  • St. Bavo's Cathedral

  • Ghent Stadhuis - Town Hall 

  • Belfort - Bell Tower

  • St. Nicholas' Church

  • Korenmarkt - City Square

  • Graslei and Korenlei - Streets along the River Leie

  • St Michael's Bridge

Being prepared before your travels will help reduce the likelihood of misfortunes and undue stress during your vacation.  A great way to start planning and organize yourself is by using printable lists, and templates like the ones feature here. These PDF's will help with your travel budget, to-do lists and packing.   

LUGGAGE TAGS

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BUDGET PLANNER

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PACKING LIST

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Belgium Travel Tips

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Photography Tips The best advice for Belgium is to bring wide-angled lenses for the great squares with their tall towers and spires.   Even moving into a corner of the square, there may be some angling to try and fit it all in.  A few great spots to snap some timeless pics of Belgium are Rosary Quay and Minnewaterpark in Bruges, the architecture of Graslei's buildings reflected in the Leie River in Gent and Grand Place in Brussels at Golden Hour; be sure to bring a tripod and use long exposure to help to blur people walking through the shot. 

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Solo Travel Tips Belgium is a wonderful destination for solo travel.  From taking a stroll around Minnewaterpark in Bruges and admiring the incredible Gothic architecture in Gent to exploring museums and beautiful squares in Brussels.  Take your time exploring the scenery, landscapes and, of course, eating waffles whenever possible!  As for your safety, be vigilant on public transport and in crowded squares as there’s a risk of pickpockets.  Also, stay alert to potential scams; count your change before walking away and be wary of people trying to carry your luggage as they may be distracting you to take some of your belongings.  

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Budget Tips Despite the somewhat higher cost to visit Belgium, there are a few ways to save money, especially for the attractions.  All museums are free on the first Wednesday of each month, after 1pm, which could allow you to squeeze in one or two without taking a hit to your budget.  Another cost-saving option is to look into free walking tours of the city; students or residents often lead these tours with excellent knowledge of the town.  While there is no charge, they accept tips, which encourages the guides to provide a great experience.  

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Cuisine - Which Foods to try  Have I mentioned waffles enough times already? In case you didn’t get the memo, try the waffles, and of course, the Belgian chocolate.  There certainly are many other hearty dishes to try, such as Moules Frites, Tomates aux Crevettes Grises, as well as Waterzooi and Stoemp.  Moules Frites are mussels cooked in either wine, beer or vegetable broth and accompanied by fries.  Tomates aux Crevettes Grises is a fantastic cold appetizer consisting of shrimp mixed with mayo and stuffed in tomatoes.  A great option for comfort food is Waterzooi, a stew made with vegetables, cream, and egg accompanied by chicken or fish.  Finally, stoemp, which is made from a creamy blend of mashed potatoes mixed with kale, brussel sprouts, carrots and other vegetables; it's a great side dish to sausages!

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Souvenirs and KeepsakeIf you have a sweet tooth or know someone who does, you cannot leave Belgium without Belgian chocolate.  You will find shops selling it everywhere, but honestly, the best can be found at Maison Pierre Marcolini.  Other souvenir options include lace, miniature gabled houses, colourful piggy banks from Pomme Pidou and Val Saint-Lambert Crystal; the crystal pieces can range from €200 to €20,000, so even on the low end, it's not a cheap keepsake.    

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Related Posts

Use these related posts to get even more in-depth information on Belgium.  You can also go to the blog page and type Belgium into the search bar to see all relevant posts.  Please be advised that this is a new site and quality content takes time.  I will be continually posting new articles, photos, maps and pages a few times a week.  I have so much information I can't wait to share and help you plan a perfect trip!

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THIS INFORMATION WAS CURRENT AS OF OCT 18TH, 2020.   REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY TO SOME COUNTRIES CAN CHANGE QUICKLY. PLEASE ENSURE TO VERIFY IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE DEPARTING FOR YOUR NEXT DESTINATION

 
 
 
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Girl riding a bike on cobblestoned streets of Gent with Medieval architecture
 
Minnewaterpark trees and pond in Bruges Belgium
Belgian waffles with chocolate and strawberries