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Belgium Weather in March

Outdoor cafe opens as weather becomes more bearable in Belgium in March.
As the weather in Belgium becomes warmer in March, outdoor cafes are open for customers again.

In March, Belgium experiences a transition from winter to spring, with average temperatures ranging from 2°C (35.6°F) to 10°C (50°F). The coastal regions, such as Ostend, continue to experience milder weather compared to inland areas, but the temperature difference begins to lessen as the season progresses. Even as the temperature climbs from a brisk 2°C (35.6°F) to a more mild 10°C (50°F), the city streets and parks begin to buzz with renewed energy, and the longer, brighter days offer ample opportunities for exploring its cultural riches. Further north, the historic port city of Antwerp experiences a touch of winter, with 7 millimeters (0.28 inches) of snowfall over 1.3 days. As the temperature rises, visitors can stroll along the picturesque Scheldt River, marveling at the city's blend of cutting-edge modernity and timeless charm.

Read our best time to visit Belgium article for a more detailed month-by-month overview.

Weather in Belgium in March - Rainfall and Temperatures

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Avg Daily (°C)55101317192222191596
Avg Nightly (°C)1035811131311843
Avg Daily (°F)414150556366727266594843
Avg Nightly (°F)343237414652555552463937
Avg Rainfall (mm)705080607090705060707070

Why visit Belgium in March

Visit Belgium in March to witness the Triumphal Arch amidst spring blooms.
Sightseeing popular cities in the otherwise crowded city of Brussels is a lot more peaceful in March, and the spring blooms definitely add to the allure.
The peaceful setting of the Ostend Beach during March in Belgium.
Head to popular beaches such as the Ostend Beach free from summer crowds in March.

Experience the magic of Belgium in March, as blooming forests, vibrant festivals, and charming coastal towns offer the perfect springtime adventure.

  • Spring blooms: With spring arriving in March, you can witness the first blooms of spring flowers, like wood anemones covering forest floors, creating a whimsical atmosphere. Parks and gardens such as the Antwerp Botanic Garden start to burst with color, making it an ideal time for nature enthusiasts and photographers.
  • Fewer crowds and lower prices: As March falls within the shoulder season, you can enjoy fewer crowds and potentially lower prices for accommodation and travel compared to peak summer months. This makes it an ideal time for budget-conscious travelers who prefer a more laid-back atmosphere.
  • Cultural events and festivals: March is a lively month in Belgium, with several cultural events and festivals taking place throughout the month. You can attend classical music concerts like the Klarafestival or the In Movement contemporary dance festival in Brussels or explore art exhibitions like the Antwerp Art Weekend. March is also an excellent time to experience traditional Lent celebrations in Belgium, such as the centuries-old Carnival of Binche and the Giant Fire of Bouge.
  • Visit the Belgian Coast: As the weather starts to warm up, people start flocking to the Belgian Coast. Cities like De Panne and Knokke-Heist offer sandy beaches, coastal dunes, and charming seaside towns, making them ideal for a scenic day trip or a relaxing beach getaway.

Where to go and what to do

Cycles parked amidst colorful buildings of Bruges.
Take advantage of the mild weather in March to cycle around town marveling at the colorful building of Bruges.

Start your Belgium tour with a trip to Brussels, which offers a mix of history, culture, and outdoor beauty in March. Visit La Grand Place, where the intricate Gothic architecture is even more stunning under the soft spring light. Nearby, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken open to the public, showcasing a spectacular array of exotic plants and flowers. For music lovers, the Klarafestival runs throughout March, featuring top international classical musicians performing at various cultural houses in Brussels.

In Antwerp, visit the Royal Museum of Fine Arts to see an impressive collection of works or explore the Rubens House, the former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens. Antwerp's Zevenbergenbos forest is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts, with its carpet of white wood anemones appearing from mid-March.

Ghent, known for its medieval architecture and vibrant cultural scene, is a delight in March. The city's medieval streets, cathedrals, and castles are less crowded during this time, providing a more intimate experience. The Groeningemuseum offers an impressive collection of Flemish and Belgian art, perfect for art enthusiasts.

Bruges is a fairytale city in any season, but March adds a special touch. The serene Beguinage, with its white houses and tranquil gardens, is particularly beautiful in early spring. Take a canal boat tour to see the city's picturesque bridges and medieval buildings. Don't miss the Choco-Story Museum for a sweet treat, exploring the history of chocolate in Belgium.

For history enthusiasts, Flanders Fields provides a poignant and peaceful experience. The mild weather is perfect for exploring the memorials and cemeteries that honor soldiers from around the world.

The Belgian Coast, from De Panne to Knokke-Heist, offers a mix of bustling beach resorts and peaceful nature reserves.

The Ardennes region in the south of Belgium remains cooler in March, often with lingering snow and fog. This hilly and forested area is perfect for those seeking outdoor adventures such as hiking, cycling, and exploring the quaint villages and castles.

Need Help Planning Your March Trip To Belgium?

As spring begins to unfurl its beauty, March transforms Belgium into a delightful destination, promising an adventure filled with wonder and excitement. For more information and inspiration, check out our Belgium travel guide. You can also browse our extensive list of March tours or contact our local travel experts to plan a customized trip to Belgium.

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Published by Supriya Rayamajhi, updated on June 13, 2024

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