About Belgium

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

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]

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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Map

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

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 999

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.