Belgium is a small European country known for its beautiful cities and towns, arts and culture, and food! (You can’t miss Belgian chocolate, waffles, fries, or beer.) Belgium’s small size and connectedness to popular nearby countries make it a great stop on any European itinerary.
Belgium quick facts
- Population: 11.4 million
- Language: Dutch, French, and German
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Capital city: Brussels
- Country size: 11,849 square miles
- High season: Summer (especially July and August)
Top 10 things to do in Belgium
- Visit the medieval city of Bruges, known as “Venice of the North”
- Try a Belgian waffle, either from a waffle stand or at a cafe with coffee
- Visit Hallerbos, Belgium’s beautiful “Blue Forest” during spring
- Check out the Rubenshuis in Antwerp for Flemish Baroque art
- Enjoy Belgian chocolate, known for being some of the best in the world
- Admire Grand Place, Brussels’ impressive central square
- Fill up on fries, which actually originated in Belgium, not France
- Explore the charming town of Ghent and its picturesque canals
- Indulge at a spa in Spa, Belgium (yes, that’s where the word spa comes from!)
- Attend Tomorrowland, one of the world’s largest EDM festivals
Belgium is a small country that is very easy to get around. Two high-speed trains connect Belgium with other countries in Europe. You can reach Brussels from London in under two hours on the Eurostar, while the Thalys connects Paris and Brussels in a 90-minute journey.
Within Belgium, traveling by regional train is the easiest way to get between popular cities like Brussels, Bruges, and Antwerp. Most cities and towns in Belgium are easily walkable.
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