Officially the Kingdom of Belgium capital of European Union and one of most powerful cities in the world. Belgium for me is country full of energy and good food if you able to go to good restaurant. Choose carefully, you can eat here best chips and mussels in your life.
Language: Dutch, French and German / Population: 11 millions / Currency: Euro
Climate of belgium is influenced by the Noth Sea and Atlantic Ocean, have cool have cool summers and balanced winters. Country is small so variation is little. Rain season beetwen april and september. I winter temperatures sometimes far below zero.
Suggested clothing: Lightweights with rainwear for summer, waterproof Medium- to Heavyweights for winter. Having sweater is suggested always.
Cuisine Belgian cuisine is varied but very underestimated. On the quality of the food consists of various products imported into Belgium and the highest quality of their products. Belgians eat a lot of game, mushrooms, seafood and potatoes. The first chips made in Belgium. They became almost a national dish of the country. Thick cut fries are served with various sauces in various sizes (I and Adrian we could not eat the biggest portion, they were huge). The most popular dishes are mussels with fries (Moules et fritest), rabbit in beer (lapin a la biere) Beef stew (carbonnade). Among the desserts are the most important waffles (Gauff) and chocolate. Belgium was the first country in Europe began to knead chocolate and praline had done the first. If you like chocolates and macaroons (largest choice) that Belgium is a paradise on earth. This is my paradise! And if you’re a foodie beer then I have good news. Belgium has for you about 300 types of beer.
Foreign Relations The Belgians from begining have been strong advocates of European integration and their foreign, economic, and trade policies aspects are coordinated through the European Union (EU), which has its main headquarters in Brussels.
Use a Brussels Card: Available at the tourist office allows you free public transport and free admission at more than 30 museums, plus other discounts. Cards cost €24, €34, and €40 for one, two, and three days respectively. Before deciding on a card, know that most museums are closed Mondays.
Please tell me why not beer: Belgium has so many breweries that beer is the cheapest form of alcohol.
Metro tickets: Day passes for the metro will save you money over the cost of a single ticket. For example, a day ticket is $8.60 USD, whereas a single is $2.50 USD on the Brussels metro.
Look on your bill in restaurant: Restaurants sometimes charge even for tap water ( I have been forced to pay for water, even I asked just for tap water) waiters can put, by themself tip on the card so look after your money. I had the worst restaurant experience in Brussels. Ask if bread is free or not if you don’t want it.
Expense report for Belgium travel guide are based on my individual experience, big Mac index and online research. (2015)
|Big Mac||€ 4,29|
|Bread||€ from 1.09|
|Budget Lunch for 1 (with drink)||€ from 13,00|
|Budget Dinner for 1 (with drink)||€ from 18,00|
|Beer (0,5)||€ from 1,0|
|Wine (0,75)||€ from 4,0|
|Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (Adult tickets)||€ 13,00|
|Bus Ticket||€ 1,60|
|Hotel (**** double room)||€ from 65,00|
|Budget Hotel (double room)||€ from 45,00|
|Hostel||€ from 25,00|
1. City Hall and Grande Place of Brussels is one of Belgium’s finest civic buildings. Not only because of the numerous sculptures adorning its walls, but also because of its perfect proportions and the incomparable beauty of its tower, the spire of which is topped by the archangel Saint-Michael. Brussels laid the foundation stone of the magnificent Gothic edifice in the spring of 1402. In 1695, when the city was bombarded by Marshal de Villeroy, the Town Hall was destroyed by fire.
2. The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is one of four British and Commonwealth memorials to the missing in the battlefield area of the Ypres Salient in Belgian Flanders. The memorial bears the names of 54,389 officers and men from United Kingdom and Commonwealth Forces who fell in the Ypres Salient before 16th August 1917 and who have no known grave.
3. Historic Centre of Brugge is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement, which has maintained its historic fabric as this has evolved over the centuries, and where original Gothic constructions form part of the town’s identity. As one of the commercial and cultural capitals of Europe, Brugge developed cultural links to different parts of the world.
4. The Ghent City Centre: The Belfry is the heart of the Historical Centre. Wherever you look in the largely pedestrianised city centre, you will see buildings and monuments with a story to tell. Belgium travel guide recommend to see a 1,000-year-old fortress, three medieval towers and the most beautiful double row of houses in Europe, on either side of the river, all within walking distance from one another. And don’t forget to visit the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb!
5. Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke Tyne Cot Cemetery is the resting place of 11,954 soldiers of the Commonwealth Forces. It is the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world.
6. The Antwerp Central Station is one of the world’s most impressive railway stations. Dubbed the ‚Railway Cathedral‚, it is one of the main landmarks in Antwerp.
7. Leuven’s Town Hall is one of the best-known Gothic town halls worldwide and Leuven’s pride and joy. It took three architects and thirty years to build it. Leuven’s ‚Hall of Fame’ features 236 statues, which were only added to the façade after 1850. There are 220 men and 16 women in total.
8. Chateau de Bouillon (Bouillon Castle) Belgium’s finest feudal castle ruin harks back to 988 but is especially associated with Crusader knight Godefroid (Godefroy) de Bouillon, whose name you’ll hear a lot in these parts. Although later expanded by France’s great military engineer Vauban, the castle still sums up everything you might wish for in a Dark Ages castle.
9. Grote Markt (Mechelen) Mechelen is a historically important city in its own right. From 1506 to 1530 it was the capital of the Netherlands. It was famous for its wood carvings, some of which can still be seen in the churches of the city, and for lace and tapestry manufacture. Today it is a vibrant town, mixing trendy and traditional. Shops downtown are often housed in buildings with the old-style Flemish architecture, but offer edgy fashions sure to appeal to the younger generation.
10. Pairi Daiza Formerly Paradisio is a privately owned 55-hectare (140-acre) zoo and botanical garden located in Brugelette in the province of Hainaut in Belgium. The animal theme park is located on the site of the former Cistercian Cambron Abbey, and is home to over 4,000 animals.
I wrote full article Top 5 Activities in Belgium, if you interested have a look, that’s just short brief.
1. Golf Belgium is well provided for when it comes to golf courses…
2. Fishing is a very popular pastime in Belgium.
3. Hunting Legislation on hunting varies between the regions.
4. Boating and Sailing in Belgium is possible both in open water off the seacoast and on the many inland waterways.
5. Hiking and Walking Local tourist offices have maps and guides for many walking routes.
The European emergency number 112 is not the only one. Belgium travel guide suggest that you can use as well 100 – medical emergency and fire brigade, 101 – police.
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