Belgium Travel Tips

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One of the most underrated countries I have been to in Europe is Belgium. Bruges is extremely popular with the tourists and it is rightfully a gorgeous UNESCO world heritage site. But sometimes you can get lost in the crowds at Bruges. That is why there are so many other places which are less popular in Belgium like Dinant and Ghent. Brussels is also the idea place to go looking for chocolate tours and Tintin street art. In this post, I write about some general Belgium travel tips when it comes to traveling in Belgium

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Belgium travel tips

These are some of the tips when it comes to visiting Belgium in general.

Visa required for Indians

Belgium is part of the Schengen zone and hence Indians require a Schengen Belgium tourist visa to go here.

Languages spoken here

The three official languages here are Dutch, French and German. Hallo, Danke, Guten Morgan, Wie geht es dir are Hello, Thank you, Good morning, How are you in German. Bonjour, Merci Beaucoup, Bonjour, Ca Va/ Comment Ca Va are Hello, Thank you very much, Good morning, How are you in French.

Capital

Brussels

Currency

Euro

Location

North West Europe. Neighbours are France, Germany, Luxembourg and Netherlands.

Electrical Travel Adapter specifications

230 volts and 50 Hz. They use C and F plug types in Belgium.

IDP required for Indians?

If you are planning to drive in Belgium, then it is recommended that you have an IDP and your local license.

SIM Cards

Most cards you buy in other countries in the Schengen zone will work without additional data or roaming charges.

WIFI connectivity

The cities are well-equipped with Wifi and you can find free Wifi in many cities in Belgium

Safety in Belgium

It is relatively safe for a solo traveller but I have heard of friends getting pickpocketed in Brussels and some of the touristic spots. It is helpful if you are cautious during your travel in Belgium.

Where to go in Belgium

Some of the suggested places to go in Belgium are:

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Brussels

I started my 3 days in Belgium tour in Brussels and I set it as a base to explore Belgium. It is definitely one of those underrated cities and I loved being in the birthplace of Tintin.

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Bruges

Bruges is one of those charming little towns you will fall in love with in Europe. It has such an otherworldly feel to it and I would love to go back just to see Bruges at nighttime.

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Halle

Ever wondered where to go in Spring to watch the bluebell carpet which covers the forest floor? That is the Hallerbos forest in the municipality of Halle in Belgium.

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Antwerp

Known for its Flemish renaissance architecture and many people prefer Antwerp to Brussels. Tomorrowland festival is held in Boom every year and is just 15km away.

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Mechelen

Another city known for Flemish art.

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Leuven

If you are looking for breweries in Belgium, then Leuven is the place to be.

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Ghent & Dinant

Ghent is equally beautiful and if you have time, you should definitely visit Ghent as well. I loved my day trip to Dinant as well.

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Tournai

Another place to explore near the French border.

When to go to Belgium

May-September is when the climate is more moderate and you have more fun things to do in Belgium. If you are looking for a winter holiday, then the recommended time is between December and February.

How To Get to Belgium

By Air

From India, you can fly to Brussels from most metropolitan cities. There are very few direct flights and you may have to transit through hubs like Amsterdam or Frankfurt. You can fly in from most major European cities.

By Rail

Belgium has an extensive railway system and is operated by National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS) or SNCB. You can take a train between various cities in Belgium as well.

By Road

Flixbus regularly operates to major cities in Belgium from other cities in Europe.

Driving in Belgium

You drive on the right side of the road in Belgium. These are some great tips to drive in Belgium. Recommended to carry an IDP.

Recommended Read –  Planning a Eurotrip

Public Transportation in Belgium

Brussels has a train,metro, tram and a bus system. Since they are mostly operated by the same operator, you can use the same ticket to get anywhere in Brussels using any of these modes of transport. You can either hail a taxi from a taxi stand or book an Uber.

You can also catch a train to different cities in Europe from any major city in Belgium. It takes less than 3 hours from Brussels to Amsterdam or Paris and it takes less than 2 hours by train. Belgium is relatively a smaller country.

Where to stay in Belgium

Find some recommendations on where to stay in Belgium.

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BrusselsThe Dominican
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Motel One Brussels
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2GO4 Quality Hostel Brussels Grand Place
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BrugesHotel Dukes’ Palace Brugge
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Gallery Guesthouse
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B&B Aarsabroch
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AntwerpHotel FRANQ
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Boutique hotel Maison Emile
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ibis budget Antwerpen Centraal Station
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DinantInfiniti Resorts
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Les hauts de Meez
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Les Voisins De Mr Sax
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Belgium Travel Tips

What to eat in Belgium

I have already written about my experience as a vegetarian in Belgium  and the various experiences that came along with it. I loved eating Belgian waffles around Belgium and it was my go-to food when I couldn’t find anything else. If you love chocolates like me, then don’t forget to take some chocolate tours while you are in Belgium. You also get a lot of Falafels and sandwiches around Belgium.

What to shop in Belgium?

I usually do not shop much on my trips and buy only fridge magnets. I travel light and end up buying gifts only at the last stop. But a reader requested that I add this information and so I have sourced an article on what to shop in Belgium.  I on the other hand did end up buying lots of chocolates from Brussels and if I had enough space, I would have bought some Tintin memorabilia as well during my travel to Belgium.

Things to Do in Belgium

There are numerous things to do in Belgium and people keep asking me what to do in Belgium. So I have listed some of the best things to do in Belgium:
  • Visit Brussels and go in search of the three pissing statues.
  • Spend few days in the idyllic UNESCO world heritage site of Bruges among canals and swans.
  • Take a day trip to the equally beautiful Ghent.
  • Go on a tour of the Belfrys of Belgium.
  • Visit Dinant and catch multiple colourful saxophones all around.
  • Visit Hallebros and catch a gorgeous sighting of the bluebell carpet that covers the forest.
  • Go on a tour in some cities like Antwerp famous for its Flemish Renaissance architecture.
  • Go on Belgian Chocolate tours all around Belgium.
  • Go visit the Brussels Atomium and see the historic location of th World trade fair.
  • Go on a pub crawl around Brussels in search of some delicious Belgian beer.
  • Take a day trip to the neighbouring country of Luxembourg.
  • Learn how to make Belgian waffles.
Find more details of things to do in Belgium here. In addition, choose one of the below tours to have a great and fun time in Belgium.

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