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Belgium Travel Guide

by our Belgium expert Conrad Freethy
 
Conrad FreethyGeographically small, fought in and over for centuries, the ‘cause’ of a World War, Belgium is full of surprises and quirky juxtapositions. The battlefield of Waterloo is a morning ride from the glitz of Brussels – as in Napoleonic times. The capital’s most famous statue is Mannekin Pis - a little boy relieving himself. Nearby is one of most elegant squares in the world, the Grand Place with high-fashion shops and restaurants for local Eurocrats, and the site of a spectacular medieval pageant (Ommegang) and equally colorful Christmas Market. Bruges was once a thriving port; the coast retreated and it is now a beautiful city, its car-free centre still best seen by boat on innumerable canals. Antwerp still is a busy port but has reinvented itself as an ultramodern centre of commerce. Ghent holds to its classic past a little more, the home of the superb St Bavo Cathedral and the van Eyck brothers’ ‘Adoration of the Blessed Lamb’. Shopping and eating? Range from diamonds in Antwerp (visit the ‘diamondland’ expo/showroom), to exquisite Brussels and Bruges lace. Sample incredible taste combination chocolates from over 2,000 chocolateries – or collect a cone of national dish, ‘frites’, from a street vendor.

Belgium Facts

National Flag: Belgian Flag
Language(s): Dutch
French
German
Currency: Euro
Capital city: Brussels
Total Area: 30,528 km2
Population: 10,584,534
Dialling Code: +32
Time Zone: GMT + 1
Tourism Website:
http://www.visitbelgium.com


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FCO Travel Advice for Belgium

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