Belgium Travel Guide
Belgium is a travel destination made for history buffs and chocolate addicts. Though the nation is small, it plays a big part in the world’s history.
There are over 3,000 castles to explore, battlegrounds from the World Wars, and every museum imaginable. If you’ve had your history fill, you can kick your feet back and relax at one of the 1,000 breweries in the small country where you can sip on a cold beer while you munch on frites.
And to finish off the day? All the chocolate you can imagine! Many people tend to gloss over the country, visiting Brussels or Bruges for a day before moving on but if you take the time, you’ll find that Belgium has so much more to explore!
The biggest thing to take into consideration when planning a trip to Belgium is the weather. During the winter months (November to March), it can get rather chilly. The canals will freeze over, forming ice skating rinks. If you’re a fan of the winter, it’s a great time to enjoy skiing and Belgium’s Christmas markets.
Spring and fall are arguably some of the best times to visit the country. The temperatures are enjoyable, and there tend to be fewer tourists. During the fall, the countryside is painted with hues of red, orange, and yellow. There are also a few festivals to look into during these seasons (particularly the Jazz Marathon and Ghent Film Festival).
Summer in Belgium means warmer weather and larger crowds. If you want cheaper accommodation and flights, make sure to book in advance!
What To Expect
Language: The country of Belgium has three official languages, Flemish (Dutch), French, and German. You’ll often see signs in both French and Flemish.
Currency: The official currency of Belgium is the Euro (EUR). The exchange rate is USD is equivalent to 0.88 EUR.
Credit Cards & ATMs: You shouldn’t have any trouble using your credit card when visiting Belgium. However, keep in mind that many people prefer cash when it comes to small purchases. Some businesses require that you show ID when using a card and some might even insist that you show your passport, so it’s wise to have both with you. There are ATMs in all Belgian cities and towns, and you’ll usually find them near gas stations, shopping centers, and bus and train stations.
Plugs: In Belgium, the power plugs are type E, the standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
Safety: Overall, Belgium is a safe country to visit. Petty crime does exist though so don’t carry too much cash and keep an eye on your bags.
Bucket List experiences
Go on a Chocolate Tasting Tour
Visit the Atomium
Go a Craft Beer Tour
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
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