TRAVEL GUIDE to BELGIUM
This is your ultimate travel guide to Belgium!
Belgium is home to the best beer, true French- fries (called frites), and chocolate in the world. With more than 3 000 castles to explore, battlegrounds from the World Wars and a lot of museums, Belgium is a destination for every Solo Traveler. Bruges is one of my favorite cities in Europe, after Florence, of course, which I find to be so romantic with such a fairy-tale vibe.
The origins of French fries can be found in Belgium, where historians claim potatoes were being fried since the late-1600s. Belgium is also home to the world’s unique, French Fry Museum.
Visiting Brussels or Bruges for a day is the best way to explore the region on a tight schedule.
SAY HELLO IN BELGIUM:
Salut, Bonjour = Hello/Good day – the formal way in French
Welkom = Hello – the formal way in Flemish
GOOD TO KNOW
When in BELGIUM
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European Union: Belgium is a founding member of the EU since January 1, 1958. As a founding member of the European Union, Belgium has always played a decisive international role. Belgium hosts the EU and NATO, as well as numerous headquarters of multinationals and major global players.
Language: Belgium has three official languages, Flemish (Dutch), French, and German. Because the Flemish part of the country doesn’t want to lose its roots and importance, you’ll see signs all over the country in both French and Flemish.
Currency: As a founding member of the European Union, Belgium was one of the first countries to adopt the euro on 1 January 1999.
Card Payments and Cash Withdrawals:
You can pay with international credit cards everywhere, starting from 1€. Some restaurants might impose a minimum payment of 10€. You can split the bill on different cards.
However, while the Europeans will not have any issues, for other continents, some businesses require that you show ID when using a card and some might even insist that you show your passport.
ATM: they are easy to find everywhere in the country, you just look around you and you will find a Bank with an ATM.
Connexion: The Internet is at a very good speed, with 5G. Wi-Fi connection everywhere you go, free or on demand in some restaurants or hotels.
If you are from the EU, roaming is free of charge. You can call and connect to your mobile data as if you were in your country of origin without extra costs.
Railroads: You will have connections through the country and connecting other important cities in Europe. For instance, THALYS is a very good option, that connects France, Belgium, Germany, and Netherland.
Plugs: Plugs are Type E. The standard voltage is 230V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz.
Best Time to visit
If you want to know how the weather is in Belgium, immagine the country is close to Germany, and unfortunately gets the weather as well.
During the winter months, November through March, it is cold, like any winter in Europe. however, it gives you the possibility to enjoy skiing and going to Belgium’s Christmas market in Brussels which is spectacular with its light spectacle. Nonetheless, the canals will freeze over, forming ice skating rinks!
Summer in Belgium, as with most European destinations, means warmer weather but a high peak in tourism as well. Be sure to book in advance!
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