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About Belgium

Belgium is a country located in the Western Europe. It was founded on October 4, 1830.

Belgium Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with travel information & tips to plan your trip to Belgium and find the best things to see, do and experience in Belgium even  before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Antwerp Central

Antwerp Central
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Belfry of Bruges

Belfry of Bruges
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Bouillon Castle

Bouillon Castle

Canals of Bruges

Canals of Bruges

Grand Palace in Brussels

Grand Palace
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Gravensteen

Gravensteen

Grote Markt, Mechelen

Grote Markt, Mechelen
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Leuven Town Hall

Leuven Town Hall
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Facts

History [Founded on October 4, 1830] • Capital [Brussels] • Government [Federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch] • Currency [Euro (EUR)] • Language [Dutch (official), French (official), German (official)] • Religion [Roman Catholic, Protestant] • Electricity [230/50Hz (European plug)] • Time Zone [UTC +1] • Country Code [+32] • Internet TLD [.be] • Emergencies [Dial 112]

Climate

Events, Festivals and Holiday

January

– New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri
– Epiphany, January 6, Wed

March

– Easter Monday, March 28, Mon

May

– Labor Day, May 1, Sun
– Ascension Day, May 5, Thu
– Whit Monday, May 16, Mon

July

– Independence Day, July 21, Thu

August

– Assumption Day, August 15, Mon

October

– National Day, October 26, Wed

November

– All Saints Day, November 1, Tue
– Armistice Day, November 11, Fri

December

– Christmas Day, December 25, Sun

Tipping

Restaurant – No tipping expected.
Tour Guide – No tipping expected.
Hotel –  No tipping expected.
Taxi Driver – No tipping expected.
Spas – No tipping expected.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

EUR with symbol: € = 100 cents
EUR Notes denominations(€):5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500
EUR Coin denominations(€):1, 2
EUR Coin denominations (cents):1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa American Express, Diners Club are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Not widely accepted.

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0900-1200 and 1400-1600
Sat:  0900-1200