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Belgium is a hub of European culture and is a must-visit for any Euro-trip. The country is bordered by France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, making it the perfect destination for country-hopping. Paris can be reached by train in just 90 minutes, while Amsterdam is just under two hours away. Belgium’s capital city, Brussels, is home to the European Parliament and French, Dutch and German are all widely spoken within the country.
A tour in Belgium cannot be completed without waffles, chocolate and beer. The country is also known for its frites (french fries), often sold by street vendors in a paper cone with a side of mayonnaise. Beyond great eats, Belgium is a hotspot for ornate architecture and medieval towns.
- Wander the fairytale streets of Bruges
- Buy some cuberdons (cone-shaped Belgian sweets) from a stall in Ghent
- Visit the whole continent without leaving Brussels at Mini-Europe
- Drink one of Delirium Café’s 3000 beers
- See the carpet of begonia flowers in front of the Grand Place
- Explore the painted walls of Brussels’ Comic Strip Route
- Flying to Brussels on your upcoming holiday? Double check the name of your arrival airport. While Brussels Airport is near the capital city, Brussels-Charleroi Airport is a 20-minute bus ride and additional one-hour train ride away.
- You’ll likely hear lots of French spoken within Brussels, but Dutch (Flemish) is most widely spoken outside the capital city. Most Belgians can also converse in English.
- Fancy a night on the town? There’s no such thing as a mandated ‘last call’ in Belgium, so bars often remain open until the atmosphere dies down.
- Don’t worry about feeling out of place. Tourists are very welcome in Belgium, and every one out of three inhabitants is a foreigner.
- Belgian public transportation is great and travelling by train is fast and inexpensive. Brussels is one of the world’s most traffic congested cities, so opt for the metro rather than renting a car or taking the bus.