Belgium Vacation Guide
Between the Flemish and the French, Belgium's two halves try their best to seduce and convince you that each is one up on the other. Why argue when you can just go along for the ride and enjoy the best of both? From medieval Ghent to flashy Antwerp, Belgium is probably the most underrated of the Benelux countries, and the one with the most to offer.
You will find it hard to believe you're in the 21st century when you're walking along the picturesque canals of Bruges, listening to a classical music performance in Brussels' Old Town, or sipping your Duvel while looking out at Namur's citadel. But as enthralling as Belgium's cities are, leave the bustle and buzz behind you and head to quiet resorts in the Ardennes or tranquil beaches of Ostend. With fewer tourists around, you will often feel like you've got the place all to yourself.
As with all holidays, your vacations to Belgium will also end at some point. But load up with as much beer, cheese, and chocolate at your luggage will hold and you'll have lots of reminders to take home with you to make that holiday feeling last.
Top Destinations in Belgium
How to Save on Vacations to Belgium
Because Belgium is also an important business and political centre, most of its hotels run at high occupancy rates during the week. But when the EU Parliament is out of session and the offices close on Friday evenings, hotels get a lot cheaper, especially in Brussels. So timing your visit over the weekend is a great way to get you better discounts and special offers.
Belgium's cities are well connected by train services so once you arrive in the country, you can easily travel from Brussels to Antwerp, Ghent, or Bruges, using the trains. By plotting your route in advance, you could also buy your train tickets online and make the most of additional discounts offered for online bookings. Be sure to look out for reduced fares on tickets for seniors and students as well.
Unlike most places in Europe, July and August constitute an off-peak tourist period in Belgium. Most visitors prefer to come here during spring or fall, but in some places like Bruges, you will find crowds no matter when you visit. The temperature drops to single digits (Celsius) in the winter and there is occasional snow, especially in the southern regions of the country. But if you dress warmly and enjoy a good snowball fight or ski holiday, you can get really cheap all inclusive deals from November to March, with the week around Christmas and New Year being the exception.
Remember that a lot of popular attractions and museums are closed on Mondays and public holidays so check for these before you book your vacations to Belgium.