Belgium facts and travel tips

Belgium is often off of the radar for those who want to experience a European holiday, but it shouldn’t be. This nation isn’t a link between the places you want to explore. It is the place you want to be. This is especially true if you’re planning on a holiday around December. The Christmas markets are simply extraordinary and deserve to be experienced at least once by everyone.

Brussels often gets the most attention when planning a visit to Belgium, but cities like Ghent offer a number of incredible attractions as well. You can find your own little green space to enjoy a beautiful day, take a river cruise for a unique view of a city, or find a little hidden gem of a gin place in one of the public markets.

You can’t ignore the coast of Belgium either, even during the colder months, because of the continuous opportunities there are to explore. Take advantage of the sea breezes to hike over sand dunes or stroll in the gentle waves when there’s a still and sunny day. You’ll want to work up a hunger because local foods are often fried or rustic and served family style, which means you’ll want to have room to experience everything.

It’s been said that there is fury in a pheasant’s wings. This fury is found in a gentle way in all of the cities that you may choose to explore on your upcoming holiday in Belgium. Fuel your creative fire by exploring the numerous museums, parks, and cultural opportunities and you will discover that all of the preconceived notions that have been published about Belgium over the years are completely false.

Best of Belgium

Belgium learned how to create the perfect first impression very early on. It might not be the largest country you ever visit, but it will make a large impression on you during your stay. You’ll find charming villages, stunning coastal views, and iconic urban destinations in the best of what Belgium offers.

#1. Bruges

With its maze of winding, Medieval streets, beautiful Bruges offers unexpected delights everywhere you look. Gaze upward and you may find an ancient gargoyle staring down at you. Search the local market and you may find a cone of frites made just for you. Look for a spot to relax and you may find a lively pub or club with the right music. Whether you tour by boat or by foot, you’ll find this destination to be an amazing experience.

#2. Antwerp

This urban center has it all. You’ll find Flemish homes that relish their grandiose nature. There are Medieval streets to wander. A stunning Gothic cathedral serves as the trailhead for all your walking adventures. The MUHKA gallery gives the city a modern edge, while the various antique emporiums help us to remember the past.

#3. Ghent

Instead of striding forward with confidence onto the world stage, this stunning city preferred to stay lost in the background. It was the right choice. Whether you sip some coffee along the river or relax on a river cruise, the Gothic medley of architecture is a delight to the eyes. Visit the Gravensteen Castle during your stay, get a box of chocolates, and be ready to maximize the joy of your holiday.

#4. Hoge Kempen National Park

There may only be one national park in the country. It is still worth a lingering visit, however, with its mirrored lakes and pine forests. More than 200km of hiking trails are available to explore. You’ll find yourself surrounded by lavender, wildlife, and beautiful blue skies. It really is an outdoor paradise.

#5. Durbuy

With its cobblestone streets lined with ivy and flowers, you’ll discover that life here has adapted to a different world. Craft boutiques might be busy in the summer, though the wooded valley where you find this village is a perfect destination in any season. Find an excellent restaurant, relax in a pub, and enjoy the beautiful cottages that make up the “smallest” town in the world.

#6. Ypres

The Ypres Cloth Hall, a reconstructed cloth market from 1304, was one of the largest buildings of its type during the Middle Ages. From 1933-1967, the building was meticulously reconstructed to restore its appearance. It is 125m in width and stands 70m tall at the belfry tower. Other landmarks, such as the In Flanders Fields Museum and the Menin Gate Memorial, make this community a top destination choice.

The best of Belgium will take you through history. It will show you hope for what the future could be. You will also discover that when you visit, each day provides new opportunities to discover more about yourself.

National Holidays

When are national holidays and no work days ?

See the list with the national holidays in the country.

DateEnglishDutch
January 1New Year's DayNiewjaar
VariableEaster MondayPaasmaandag
May 1Labour DayDag van de arbeid
VariableAscensionOnze Lieve Heer hemelvaart
VariablePentecost MondayPinkstermaandag
July 21Belgian National DayNationale feestdag
August 15Assumption of MaryOnze Lieve Vrouw hemelvaart
November 1All Saints' DayAllerheiligen
November 11Armistice DayWapenstilstand
December 25ChristmasKerstmis

Biggest cities

See the list of the biggest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not.

RankNamePop.Region
1Brussels1.138.854 Brussels-Capital Region
2Antwerp466.203 Flemish Region
3Ghent235.143 Flemish Region
4Charleroi201.550 Wallonia
5Liège188.907 Wallonia
6Bruges116.982 Flemish Region
7Namur107.653 Wallonia
8Leuven91.942 Flemish Region
9Mons91.196 Wallonia
10Mechelen78.900 Flemish Region
11Aalst77.790 Flemish Region
12La Louvière77.509 Wallonia
13Kortrijk73.777 Flemish Region
14Hasselt70.584 Flemish Region
15Sint-Niklaas70.016 Flemish Region
16Ostend69.115 Flemish Region
17Tournai67.844 Wallonia
18Genk64.095 Flemish Region
19Seraing61.237 Wallonia
20Roeselare56.268 Flemish Region
21Verviers54.150 Wallonia
22Mouscron53.174 Wallonia
23Beveren45.771 Flemish Region
24Dendermonde43.521 Flemish Region
25Beringen41.531 Flemish Region
26Turnhout39.863 Flemish Region
27Dilbeek39.585 Flemish Region
28Heist-op-den-Berg38.721 Flemish Region
29Sint-Truiden38.427 Flemish Region
30Lokeren38.276 Flemish Region
31Vilvoorde37.964 Flemish Region
32Herstal37.720 Wallonia
33Braine-l'Alleud37.512 Wallonia
34Brasschaat37.133 Flemish Region
35Maasmechelen36.456 Flemish Region
36Ninove35.874 Flemish Region
37Waregem35.831 Flemish Region
38Châtelet35.813 Wallonia
39Geel35.502 Flemish Region
40Halle35.108 Flemish Region
41Ypres34.919 Flemish Region
42Grimbergen34.320 Flemish Region
43Knokke-Heist34.132 Flemish Region
44Lier33.259 Flemish Region
45Schoten33.132 Flemish Region
46Mol33.060 Flemish Region
47Wavre32.576 Wallonia
48Binche32.508 Wallonia
49Menen32.439 Flemish Region
50Evergem32.373 Flemish Region
51Lommel32.141 Flemish Region
52Tienen32.083 Flemish Region
53Geraardsbergen31.543 Flemish Region
54Heusden-Zolder31.017 Flemish Region
55Sint-Pieters-Leeuw30.929 Flemish Region
56Wevelgem30.926 Flemish Region
57Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve30.188 Wallonia
58Bilzen30.173 Flemish Region
59Houthalen-Helchteren30.050 Flemish Region

Covid-19 / Coronavirus statistics

Travel restrictions / Travel advice

Any country may restrict travel without notice. For actual updates on travel restrictions see official website at gov.uk

Foreign travel advice

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Medical travel advice

Official and updated medical travel advice during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak, see WHO official website

Medical recommendations

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Local Covid-19 information

Below you can see the actual Covid-19 situation with statistics.

For actual updates about local restrictions see government website from the link below.

Belgium
4,553,333
Total confirmed cases
Updated on October 5, 2022 4:52 pm
Belgium
4,458,901
Total recovered
Updated on October 5, 2022 4:52 pm
Belgium
61,742
Total active cases
Updated on October 5, 2022 4:52 pm
Belgium
32,690
Total deaths
Updated on October 5, 2022 4:52 pm

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