Belgium – Quick Facts, Rough Costs, Places of Interest

Belgium is a country in northwest Europe. It is famous for chocolates, waffles, fries and beer. Travel publications seem to suggest that it is a dull place to visit. The writers probably do not like chocolates and waffles as much as I do.

Belgium map showing airports

Fast Fact Belgium

Full Name: The Kingdom of BelgiumBelgium - location on the map
Capital: Brussels
Airport: Brussels(Zaventem), Charleroi, Antwerp (flights to London and Manchester by FlyVLM)
Language: Flemish, French (Walloi), German (Eastern Wallonia)
Currency: Euro €
Climate: Maritime temperate, significant rain throughout the year. Lowest temperature in January @ 3 °C, highest in July @ 18 °C. Average daily sunshine about two hours a day in January, 7-8 hours in June.  Belgium weather guide
Area: 30500 sq km
Population: 10.5 million

Rough Costs Belgium

Daily budget: €35-€50
Dorm: from €15
Budget hotel: from €55 (double room)
Food: Beer €1.60, moules et frites (mussels with fries) €10


Brussels - Art Nouveau architecture, the Grand-Palace, cafe culture
Bruges - Beautiful medieval town with cobblestone streets

Bruges, Belgium, photo by Wolfgang Staudt
Photo by Wolfgang Staudt

Books and Maps Belgium

Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg Belgium and Luxembourg 2008 (Michelin National Maps)

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