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Meet Belgium

Small country, big personality

Belgium is a country of chocolate, castles, and city sights. Seek out hidden gems in lesser known regions, stroll along picturesque canals in Ghent and Bruges or plan a city adventure. Explore the museums or relax with a glass of local beer at one of the many breweries. Discover the huge variety of places to go and things to see whilst visiting Belgium in our travel guide. You’ll always find more than meets the eye.

Castles. Culture. History.

Discover distinct cultures in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia. See the history in Belgium's streets and learn all about it in one of the many museums. Visiting one of the country’s 3000+ castles is a must do on any Belgium trip. Vibrant street-art and world-class art galleries, Belgium’s got it all. Learn about the nation's battle-scarred history from Roman occupation to Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo to World Wars I & II. Belgium has bags of culture and history for you to uncover.

For Food and Beer Lovers

Chocolate. Fries. Waffles. One of the more famous reasons to visit Belgium is the food. Indulge in decadent Belgian truffles, try a plate of Moulse-Frites and judge who does the best Belgian waffle - Liege or Bruges. Famous for their beer, Belgium serves up enough craft beer and brewery tours for even the most enthusiastic beer lovers. Be prepare to undo that top button on your jeans when you're visiting Belgium.

Unexpected Outdoors

Often neglected in your traditional travel guide is the ‘Great Belgian Outdoors’. Yes, its thing! Hike the stunning Ardennes, wander beautiful Belgian beaches or cycle Limburg’s rolling hills. Discover nature and wildlife in peaceful reserves and the nation’s 2 sprawling national parks. Trek across land dunes and cycle through water. Get off the beaten path and out into the Belgian countryside for an unexpected outdoor adventure.

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Further Reading

Say hello to your next travel destination! Belgium is a smaller country with a big personality. Before you pack your bags, there’s a few things you should know so you get the full Belgian experience.

Belgium is a country of chocolate, castles, and city sights. A perfect travel destination for slow travellers! Over 3,000+ castles are just waiting to be discovered. Seek out hidden gems in the less well known regions or plan an adventure in the city. Explore the museums, then relax with a glass of local beer at one of the many breweries.

It is also incredibly complex for such a small little country as it has 3 regions, 3 official languages and a whole lot of government.

The Three Regions

Belgium is made up of three regions with their own unique quirks.


You’ve got Flanders in the north (Dutch speaking).


Walloon in the south (French speaking).


Brussels where you’ll see the capital (French).

Still, most Belgians speak English in the Dutch speaking and the Brussels capital region, so it’s not too difficult to say hi to the locals. The French-speaking Walloon side a bit less, but you should still be able to get around easily.

Outdoor Adventures

It’s easy to find adventure outdoors in Belgium! Go in the winter for a cross-country skiing trip in the beautiful Ardennes or simply look up at the summer sky to find adventure course bridges. Cycle through the trees or go off-road in the dunes.

Cultural catch-up

No slow travel trip is complete without learning the culture. And Belgium has tons to discover. Check out tons of sights from refreshing outdoor open-air galleries to emotional museums on Belgium’s war history. Then, get a taste of Belgian culture by trying out the chocolate, local beer, and delicious frites.

When to go

Belgium is an interesting country to visit no matter the time of year. But there’s a few things to keep in mind when planning your slow travel trip. We’re letting you know when to avoid the tourist peak and the dates you need to know about.


Belgium has mild weather. Bring some jumpers for the winter and get those cute summer dresses ready. In the summer, you’re looking at a mild average of 22 c (about 72 f). Rainy and cloudy days are common throughout the year though. As for snow in winter, it’s not guaranteed unless you’re in the Ardennes.

Best weather: Apr - Oct
Tourist season: Jul - Aug


Central European Standard Time (CET)
Euro €
Cost: €€
Languages: Flemish (Dutch), Walloon French, German
Dates for your calendar
Jan - New Year
Feb - Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year Jan/Feb), Valentine’s Day
Mar - Rampage
Apr - Easter, Art Knokke-Heist
Jul - 11th Day of the Flemish Community, 21 National Belgium Day, Gentse Feesten 16 - 25 July
Aug - Tomorrowland 27 - 29 Aug
Sep - Tomorrowland 3 - 5 Sep, Festival of Wallonia, Day of the Walloon Region, Day of the French Community
Oct - Halloween
Nov - 11 Armistice Day
Dec - Christmas! Markets and Xmas lights galore

Languages 101

Belgium is a multilingual country. Flemish - the Belgian dialect of Dutch - is the most commonly spoken language (about 60%), followed by Walloon - the Belgian French dialect (40%) and German (1%). English is spoken too, but you’ll get a deeper connection with the locals and the culture by trying out the language of the region. We’re giving you the basics of Flemish Dutch and Walloon French to help you get around!

In the southern part of Belgium, you’ll be hearing French. Head over to the north (aka Flanders) to meet Dutch speakers. While a tiny fraction of the east (Eupen, St Vith and Malmedy) speak German, it’s not that common. Brussels is even more of a mix with French, English and Dutch being used often.

Ready to try out another language? Stick to Dutch in the northern part of the country and French in the south.

Essential Phrases

Dutch is said to be one of the easier languages to learn for English-natives. For French and German speakers, you should be able to pick up phrases and some words pretty quickly as the languages can be similar.

Speak the local language
Thank you
Bedankt / Dank u
Excuse me
I am looking for
Ik ben op zoek naar
Can you show me on a map?
Kun je het me op de kaart laten zien?
What is this?
Wat is dit?
How do you say...?
Hoe zeg je...?
How much?
Hoe veel?
My name is...
Mijn naam is...
I’m lost
Ik ben verdwaald
Where is the ATM?
Waar is de bankautomaat
Do you speak English?
Spreekt u Engels?
I don’t understand
Ik begrijp het niet
What does that mean?
Wat betekent dat?


All the practical info you need to know about travelling to Belgium!

Getting There

By Plane

Major Airports for international flights are near Brussels, Zaventem being the main one and Charleroi being the low-budget one. There are others in Antwerp, Liege, Ostend but with limited flights.

By Train

All major towns have train stations. Smaller towns might have one too or at least a bus stop.

By Bus

Getting to Belgium via the bus or coach is a super affordable option.

Getting Around

By Car

There are no toll roads and roads are generally smooth. You’ll probably run into traffic in the city and some language confusion further out from Brussels, as road signs can be Dutch or French. Fuel is more pricey than other countries, but you don’t have to drive long distances. For convenience and harder to reach locations, renting a car is a good option too.

By Public Transport

Belgium has a well connected public transport system. You can stick to the trains, buses and trams to get you around the cities. Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Charleroi all have a tram network too. Check out the city guides for detailed info!

By Bike

Major cities have bike stands and many use a rental system “Velo”. Watch out for the big trunk roads in the big cities, though. Most travellers also take their bikes onto public transport. Get out into the countryside and you’ve got tons of cycling trails to choose from.

Electric rental scooter options are available in most major cities; Bird and Lime being the most widely available.

On Foot

Going on foot is the easiest way to get around the cities. Use our map to find out what’s near you and walk or combine with the bus for an easy, hassle-free day out.

Transport Tips!

  • If it snows, public transport usually grinds to a halt. Winter trips to Belgium can be awesome, just plan ahead and watch out for that snow.
  • You might need to Park & Ride in the bigger cities to avoid traffic and expensive parking charges.
  • To rent a car, you have to be 21 and have been driving for at least 1 year. Renting a car for a week will cost you 300€ minimum, but that usually includes insurance. Always check the coverage before renting.

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