Belgium is my country. I was born there and I lived there until my 24th birthday. It’s weird but when I was living there, I didn’t take the time to enjoy it. The grass is greener on the other side, as we say. That’s only now that I’m an expat that I’m thinking “damn, this country is not that bad and I missed so many things”! Fortunately, I go back to Belgium very often so I still have lots of opportunities to discover more my home country. If you’re planning to visit Belgium soon, here’s a travel guide to help you to prepare your trip.
Where to go?
Belgium is quite small so you can easily visit a big part of the country in a few days. According to me, the nicest cities to visit are Brussels, Gent, Bruges, Antwerp, Namur and Durbuy. If you like nature, go to the Ardennes in the South. During summer, you can hike in the forest, kayak and do lots of outside activities. If you prefer the beach, go to the North of the country.
How to get around?
Between the big cities, there are good trains connections. If you travel during the weekend, you’ll have 50% discounts on all the train rides. Inside big cities, take the bus, tram or metro. In some cities, you can easily walk from one point to another.
If you wish to visit several cities in a short time and go outside big cities, I advise you to rent a car, it will give you more freedom.
Where to sleep?
Belgium is not the cheapest country in Europe, but you can find hotels and Airbnb at affordable prices. If you wish to spend less money, you can sleep in youth hostels. Find your accomodation at the best price on Booking!
Where and what to eat?
Restaurants are not that cheap in Belgium, so if you want to save money on food, avoid going to restaurant every day. You’ll find a lot of alternatives. Some bakeries offer sandwiches or salads for a few euros.
Of course you HAVE TO eat
French Belgian fries! Go in what we call in French “friteries”. You can eat fries, burgers and special meats and it’s not expensive! Go at least once in a good restaurant for a traditionnal mussles/fries, and if you pass by Liège, try the special meatballs from that city, they are delicious! Don’t forget to eat waffles and to taste the local chocolate and beers!
What I did
I lived in Belgium until my 24th birthday and still, I didn’t visit everything in the country! I visited the main cities: Brussels, Antwerp, Gent, Bruges, Namur, Durbuy, Liège, Mons, Leuven, Louvain-la-Neuve, Charleroi… Even if I left Belgium almost 2 years ago, I go back very often and I like to discover new places. This small country can really surprise you! I hope you’ll enjoy it!
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