BELGIUM

DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Belgium in a way like no other. On the path between Paris and Amsterdam, many forget to stop and appreciate the country of Belgium. Take time to immerse in the charm of this humble European nation with us, exploring a land famed for chocolate, waffles, royalty and lace. In Brussels, we beam at the neoclassical façade of The Royal Palace of Brussels and pay homage to Belgian artist René Magritte. Beyond the capital, we delight in the medieval canal city of Bruges and stare in amazement at antiques in Antwerp. A country of waterfront windmills, endless hectares of organic farmlands and joyful locals, it’s easy to be swept up by the charm found in every alleyway and the many things to do in Belgium.Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.

"Belgium is famous for Tintin, Hercule Poirot, beer and chocolate but has a great deal more to offer and I love exploring it with our travellers"

 

 

Peter, 

Travel Director

Belgium at a

glance

Currency

Euro

Winter avg temp

2°C

Summer avg temp

16°C

Time Zone

GMT +2

Capital City

Brussels

Language

French,Dutch,German

Good Morning

Bonjour

Good evening

Bonsoir

Discover the humble charm of Belgium, a land famed for chocolate, waffles, royalty and lace. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and explore The Royal Palace of Brussels, medieval canals in Bruge, antiques in Antwerp, waterfront windmills and endless hectares of organic farmlands.

Our top 3 things to do in Belgium 

Waltz through fields of blueberries, see a masterpiece of modern European architecture and be charmed by waterfront windmills. Discover the true heart of the country on a Belgium travel experience with Trafalgar.

Waltz through the scenic Austrian countryside

Horse drawn carts, brick façade buildings and waterfront windmills make Bruges a place to savour. Climb the 83-metre Belfry Tower for sweeping views and to watch treats being made at the Chocolate Line. Charm is packed into these flower dressed streets.

See the Atomium

Designed in homage to the country’s metals industries and in celebration of the atomic age, the Atomium is a symbol of modern European architecture. Step inside one of nine 18-metre spheres to dine, admire views and browse its exhibitions.

Admire the delicate art of Belgian lace

Step back in time to a cultural heritage delicately laced since the 15th century. Though some points in history saw nearly 50,000 people dedicated to this craft in Belgium, it is now a unique specialty. Experience the country’s romantic white lace at the interactive Kantcentrum museum.

Best museums in Belgium 

An often underrated destination, Belgium attractions are a surprise to many. Step a little closer on our trips to Belgium and you’ll find a place bursting with culture and museums, from an ancient printing press to a decadent royal palace.

Royal Palace

Stand before The Royal Palace of Brusselsin awe ofthe imperial magnitude of the neoclassical façade – one that measures 50 percent longer than that of Buckingham Palace. Soak in the opulence as you get escorted through lavish ceremonial rooms including the Mirror Room encrusted with 1.4 million iridescent jewel beetles.

Magritte Museum

Pay homage to Belgian artist René Magritte at Magritte Museum. Behold the largest collection of Magritte’s work including some 230 paintings, drawings, and sculptures as well as his experiments with photography from 1920 and short films from 1956. Trace his development across surrealism, and Magritte’s “vache” period, through to his signature bowler hats.

Plantin-Moretus Museum

Explore the ancient city of Antwerp and immerse yourself in the publishing dynasty of Plantin and Moretus. Browse through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed museum and see priceless typographical antiquities including two of the oldest printing presses in the world. Lose yourself in the collection of 30,000 books and visit the bookshop dating back to 1700.

Best food in Belgium 

Our trips to Belgium gravitate around the country’s delicious food. Journey with us to connect with the culinary heritage behind these world-famous delights, drifting from herb soaked mussels to Belgian waffles, with a few local beers in between.

Moules-Frites

Belgian Waffles

Only a few fortunate countries brag a national dish as special as the Belgian waffle. With a perfect consistency both soft and crunchy and countless sweet toppings to choose from, eat this lovable snack from a street vendor, fancy restaurant, or both.

Belgian Beer

The perfect way to wash down Moules-Frites – or any meal, in fact – is with a Belgian beer. Perfecting their brew since the 12th century, fermented cereal grains are part of this country’s heritage. Even fussy beer drinkers will find a variety to love.

Only a few fortunate countries brag a national dish as special as the Belgian waffle. With a perfect consistency both soft and crunchy and countless sweet toppings to choose from, eat this lovable snack from a street vendor, fancy restaurant, or both.

Opera attire

Between the beer, waffles, fries and chocolate, no amount of walking will fend off the feeling of gluttony. Pack loose-fitting clothes so you can indulge in Belgium’s food without any discomfort.

Your credit card

The Belgian city of Antwerp has been dubbed the diamond capital of the world. Home to the second largest port in Europe, it is said that nearly half of the world’s diamonds shimmy through here. Pack your credit card if you care to splurge.

A book or app dedicated to flowers

A country famed for its biennial Flower Carpet festival, Belgium is alive with floral colours at many times of the year. Take a book or download an app and you’ll quickly learn to differentiate varieties of begonias and poppies.

Comfortable shoes

From the flower lined streets of Bruge, to the gorgeous fields of Flanders, you'll need a reliable pair of walking shoes for your trip to Belgium.

An open mind

Belgium is known for its progressive mindset and forward-thinking legal system, often praised for re-shaping outdated systems long before the rest of the world. Feel right at home here with an open mind.

What to pack for Belgium 

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

Road Trip Adventures

Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!

Guide to Belgium Visa Application

Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for Belgium and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.

  This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.

Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience! 

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