Travel Planning
Belgium
Travel Planning
Belgium

Belgium at a Glance

Let the often overlooked Belgium sweep you off your feet with its art, architecture, friendly cities, and wild festivals.

Belgium is roughly divided into to two areas. The Dutch speaking north is flat and studded with canals. Bikers commute along special trails and have their own lanes and stoplights in urban areas. Historic cities rise up out of the plains. Enjoy the laid back university town of Ghent and take in the hundreds of historic buildings along with a cup of strong coffee. Tour Brussels, the center of European government. Go shopping in Antwerp, Belgium's arty design capital ever since the days of Reubens. Enjoy the speedy trains that get you to all these cool cities and marvel the landscape of canals, dikes and dams that helped raise Belgium out of the marsh.

In Southern Belgium head to the walled medieval city of Binche. Around Ash Wednesday, the city goes wild with a festival called the Carnival of Binche. Men dress as "gilles" in elaborate costumes, wax masks and impressive ostrich plumed hats. During a series of parades the whole town celebrates and the gilles throw oranges at the throngs. For something more low-key, hop on a bike and let the caves, streams, hills and distant castles of southern Belgium charm you.

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Popular Places
  • Brussels Brussels
  • Bruges Bruges
  • Antwerp Antwerp
  • Ghent Ghent
  • Dinant Dinant
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Antwerp International (Deurne) Airport
  • Major Airport Brussels Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Belgium if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can research travel requirements in Belgium by using the  U.S State Department's website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Belgium is cool year round with more rain in the winter. Gales howl in off the Atlantic and can bring wind, rain and occasionally snow.

Safety Concerns Watch out for pickpockets especially in crowded, touristy areas. It's a good idea to protect your passport and other valuables no matter where you are.

Health Concerns Belgium has good drinking water and public health. Stay healthy by using basic hygiene.

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