With romantic rivers and canals, 'chocolate-box' villages and impressive monuments from the Renaissance, Belgium exudes old-world charm like no other.

Whether you're keen to dabble in the art world, discover historic battlefields, indulge in gastronomic delights or simply wander the cobbled city alleyways, Belgium will feed your senses, capture your imagination and steal your heart.

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At a glance

Best time to visit Belgium

Geography and environment

Top 5 Sweet Treats of Belgium

Health and Safety

Further Reading

Belgium travel FAQs

Restaurants will include a service fee within the bill and tipping extra is generally left up to the discretion of the consumer. Rounding up the bill or leaving spare change is commonplace if the service has been good. Feel free to tip more if the service has been exemplary or if you’re feeling generous.

Internet access is good in Belgium, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots easily found in most cities and major towns.

Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in most parts of Belgium. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.

Modern, flushable toilets are the standard in Belgium.

Can of soft drink = 2 Euro
Coffee in a cafe = 3-4 Euro
A bottle of beer = 3-5 Euro
Lunch in a cafe = 10-15 Euro
Nice dinner with drinks = 30-50 Euro

Tap water is considered safe to drink unless otherwise marked.

Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores and hotels in Belgium. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.

ATMs are very common in Belgium, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 17 Apr Easter Monday
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 25 May Ascension Day
  • 5 Jun Whit Monday
  • 21 Jul National Day
  • 15 Aug Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • 1 Nov All Saints' Day
  • 11 Nov Armistice Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Belgium go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/belgium/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Belgium Water Bottle

Top responsible travel tips for Belgium

1. Be considerate of Belgium’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it – simple greetings will help break the ice.

6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.