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When it comes to Belgium, most of the tourists come here for two reasons: the water canals in Bruges and the waffles in Brussels.
But what if I told you Belgium has so much more to offer than that and it shouldn’t just be a quick stop on your way to Amsterdam or Paris!
Belgium is a country made for history buffs, chocolate lovers and beer fanatics. Our country might be tiny, but it played a big role in today’s world history.
There are over 3000 castles to explore in Belgium and you can find them spread out over the entire country. If that’s not your thing you can sit down and relax with a trappist beer at one of the 1000 breweries.
And while you’re at it count in a day or two to explore some of Belgium’s beautiful nature. We may not have the highest mountains but we do have some of the most stunning viewpoints!
One thing you really have to take into consideration when traveling to Belgium is the weather. The Belgian weather can be rather wet and unpredictable.
During the Winter months it can become rather chilly (December -March), but nothing too bad. And on the plus side there’s nothing as cosy as sitting on a terrace in Belgium in the Winter time with a heater above your head and a warm blanket wrapped around your shoulders.
But Spring and Fall are the best times to visit my country. The weather is nice and there aren’t a lot of tourists yet.
If you absolutely want to visit during the Summer months do know that there are a ton of festivals held throughout the cities and that accommodation will be a lot more expensive.
Language – There are three official languages in Belgium: Flemish (Dutch), French and German. As a tourist you are in luck cause us Belgians are very good at languages and in Flanders most people also fluently speak English.
Currency – The official currency in Belgium is EUR (€)
Credit Cards & ATM’s – You shouldn’t have any problem finding an ATM or taking out cash. Almost every store accepts payment by Credit Card, just a few grocery stores only accept regular debit cards.
Safety – Overall Belgium is safe country but like anywhere in the world petty crimes and theft are possible. Make sure not to carry too much cash with you and keep an eye on your bags.
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