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Travel information about Belgium

Belgium was once a province of Gallia Belgica, is full of fascinating history of kings, invading empires, and ruling factions. It is densely populated with approximately 10,414,336 inhabitants and the total area of 30,510km². Flat coastal plains, wooded hills and valleys, and central rolling hills are what Belgium is made of. Although Belgium is small, the place is full of activities.

Capital city of Belgium: Brussels

Closest neighbors to Belgium: Closest neighbors are Netherlands to the north, France to the south, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast.

Best times to visit Belgium: Best time to visit Belgium is during July to August where the weather is warm, outdoor activities and festivals are happening but hotels are expensive and full in Ardennes and other coastal towns but not Brussels.

How to get to Belgium: Getting to Belgium is pretty easy, as there are direct flights from certain points in US to Brussels.

Visa requirements for Belgium: US citizens could enter Belgium without a visa for 90 days a tourist. However, you need a passport which is valid for 3 months.

Currency of Belgium: The currency in Belgium is Euro.

Official Language of Belgium: Dutch, French, and German are their official languages.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Belgium

There are 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Belgium and 16 on their tentative list.

  • Belfries of Belgium and France (1999, 2005)
  • Flemish Béguinages (1998)
  • Historic Centre of Brugge (2000)
  • La Grand-Place, Brussels (1998)
  • Major Mining Sites of Wallonia (2012)
  • Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels) (2000)
  • Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons) (2000)
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai (2000)
  • Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex (2005)
  • Stoclet House (2009)
  • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016)
  • The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut) (1998)
  • Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (2007, 2011,2017)


Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.