• guide to belgium

    It’s been a few weeks since I returned from Belgium so I wanted to write up my guide to Belgium. It’s a quick fire guide filled with everything you’ll need to know before you visit. Europe is an incredibly easy place to get around and get used to which makes them perfect for weekends and quick getaways.


    In Belgium, the main currency is Euros. I didn’t get any Euros out before I went and instead I used my Monzo card when purchasing things. I use Monzo which is an app based bank account and contactless card (there are lots of similar ones to choose from though). It also alerts you once you’ve used the card and gives you the current exchange rate on purchases too. One thing that did annoy me with most places we ate out at is they don’t split the bills. So me and Amy took it in turns to buy lunch/dinner and paid each other back. We kept the receipts to make sure we paid each other back equally and kept track of our payments.

    Top Tip:
    Download the app “Currency Plus” to get currency conversions on the go. It updates daily and when connected to WiFi or Network to give you the latest conversion  and you can have multiple currencies shown in one go.

    In Belgium, they speak English, Dutch and Flemish but they mainly speak French. If you know a little French, it really does go a long way. Even knowing Hello, Thank you and Please – it really does help. Below are some phrases to help you get by and to remember. In Belgium they mainly speak French so it will easy if you know a little bit of French.

    • Hello/Good Morning – Bonjour
    • Goodbye – Au revoir
    • Good Afternoon – Bon soir
    • Good Night – Bon nuit
    • Thank you – Merci
    • Thank you so much – Merci beaucoup
    • Have a good day – Bon journee
    • Yes – Oui
    • No – Non

    It will depend on what country you are travelling from but coming from the UK, it’s about an hour ahead. It is really easy to adjust to the time difference coming from the UK.


    Food and eating out in Belgium is amazing. There are so many different restaurants across Belgium which cater for different cuisines and tastes everything from Indian, Italian and American etc. The delicacies from Belgium that you need to try are waffles, fries, chocolate and beer!


    It will be quite easy to drive in Belgium and Europe in general. The roads are all similar across Europe so it will be really easy to adjust to driving. We didn’t drive but there are plenty of car hire offices around, especially at the airport. We mainly used the trains, metro and walked to places we wanted to get to. I will have a seperate post on how to get around Belgium coming soon.

    Check out my post on How To Get Around In Belgium.


    You won’t need a visa to visit Belgium no matter where you are travelling from but you may need to fill in an immigration card.


    You do not need any injections to visit Belgium.

    guide to belgium

    Brussels | Brugge | Antwerp | Ghent 


    The capital of Belgium is Brussels. It has lots of smaller cities being the most popular ones are Brugge, Antwerp and Ghent. I highly recommend checking out the smaller cities over Brussels. I really didn’t like the vibe of Brussels at all. It didn’t feel very touristy and everything seems to be miles away from each other.


    Flights to Belgium can be from any major city across the world or from having a stopover in a major city if you are coming from somewhere smaller. Be sure to search Skyscanner to find your best time to fly to Belgium or any other airport you are flying to. I flew with Brussels Airlines to and from London Heathrow via Brussels Zaventem Airport.


    There are so many hotels and accomodation across Belgium depending on where you are planning to stay. These can vary from major hotel chains, AirBnB’s, homestays or hostels. Make sure you check out AirBnB and also TripAdvisor for booking your hotel or hostel. Me and Amy booked our apartment via AirBnB and made our base Brussels to travel to and from the other cities around and so we were close to the airport.

    Look at the cute apartment we had in Belgium.


    You can wear pretty much anything in Belgium, of course depending on the weather. We were so lucky with the weather we had in Belgium as I was so worried it would be raining and cold. Instead we had gorgeous sunny weather all weekend with high 20s.


    The weather in Belgium can be a mixed bag but they can also get some stunning weather during the Spring and Summer.


    There is so much to do in Belgium from exploring the cities to trying all of the yummy food. I definitely recommend visiting the various museums across Belgium, try traditional delicacies, explore the sights and many more.

    Highlights of Belgium:
    • Minnewater Lake, Brugge
    • Eating waffles, Brugge
    • Boat trip up the canal, Brugge
    • Port of Antwerp, Antwerp
    • MAS Viewpoint, Antwerp
    • Gravesteen Castle, Ghent

    Want to spend 4 days exploring 4 different cities in Belgium? Look no further than my guide on what to see and do.


    Are you planning on visiting Belgium soon? Did my guide to Belgium help you? Let me know in the comments below.

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    5 Minute Guide: Belgium