10 Good Reasons Why You Should Include Belgium On Your Next European Trip

Belgium is a very small country situated right in the middle of France, Luxembourg, Germany, and the Netherlands. Its surface area is just about 30,688 km2, so no wonder it can be easily overshadowed by its popular neighboring countries.

But why Belgium is so underrated compared to its neighboring countries? Why do many travelers choose to skip Belgium when it is just right in the middle of it?

In this post, you’ll find out 10 good reasons why you MUST include Belgium in your next European trip.

Here are the 10 good reasons why:

๐Ÿ“ BELGIAN CHOCOLATES are the BEST in the world. Why? Find out here.

๐Ÿ“BELGIAN BEERS are the BEST in the world, with early 1,500 different beers you can enjoy.

๐Ÿ“Belgium has the BEST WAFFLE on the whole earth.

๐Ÿ“FRIES (or chips) originated in Belgium and not in France. You’ll learn here why.

๐Ÿ“Belgium houses the world’s leading and largest DIAMOND CENTER. What a perfect place to look for an engagement ring!

๐Ÿ“ Belgium is known to be the land of ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS so a real treat if you are a real Aesthete or just love beautiful architecture.

๐Ÿ“Belgium has about 3,000 CASTLES and around 400 of them are still open and accessible to the public.

๐Ÿ“Belgium is divided into 3 language communities, each with different parliamentary leaders and its own rules.

๐Ÿ“Belgium is one of the 43 sovereign states in the world where a KING or monarch reigns, so you’ll have an opportunity to see and (maybe) visit the King’s Palace.

๐Ÿ“ Belgium is known around the world for its great inventions. There are at least 20 Belgian inventors known such as the saxophone, the contraceptive pill, Imodium, the World Wide Web, and the jpeg conversion just to name a few.

When is the Best Time to Visit Belgium?

Belgium is an all-year-round travel destination, and its peak season is between June and August.

So the best time for budget-conscious travelers is between March to May and September to early November.

If you fancy winter markets, it’s good to know that they start to open as early as mid-November in major cities like Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, and Leuven.

How Many Days Are Needed to Cover Belgium?

It all depends on what you want to see and experience. Since Belgium is very small, its cities are usually smaller than other European countries.

So it is safe to say a long weekend trip to Belgium can be more than enough to experience all the best it has to offer. Of course, planning ahead is always the best way to maximize your trip.

What are the Most Visited Cities in Belgium?

๐Ÿ“Brussels – Belgium’s Capital where NATO, European Parliament, and European Commission are located.

๐Ÿ“Bruges – a UNESCO world heritage holder for its Medieval setting, nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’.

๐Ÿ“Antwerp – the DIAMOND CAPITAL of the world

๐Ÿ“Ghent – where you can visit a Medieval castle dating from the 12th century.

๐Ÿ“Leuven – known for having the best beers and a mecca of books as it is here where famous Belgian universities are located.

๐Ÿ“Dinant – Birthplace of the inventor of the Saxophone

๐Ÿ“Waterloo – where the famous battlefield of Napoleon Bonaparte happened.

And so much more!

EXTRA: Belgium’s capital – Brussels hosts the magnificent Flower Carpet Festival which is worth visiting too. It’s a bi-annual event, where the main town square called the Grote Markt/Grand Place will be covered with fresh begonia flowers for 4 days The event is usually held mid-August.

Belgium's capital - Brussels hosts the magnificent Flower Carpet Festival which is worth visiting too. It's a bi-annual event, where the main town square called the Grote Markt/Grand Place will be covered with fresh begonia flowers for 4 days and is usually held mid-August.

PRO TIP: โ™ฆ๏ธ If you plan to visit Europe this summer, why not consider timing your trip to see Brussels Town Square carpeted with fresh flowers? You’ll find the next schedule here.

There you go. I hope this post helped you consider including Belgium on your next European trip!

Happy Planning!

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