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Belgium Travel Guide

What can I expect from Belgium?

Beer, waffles, and chocolate, need I say more? But seriously Belgium is a great country with many scenic and cool cities to visit.

Whether you are in the capital, Brussels, and travel to The Grande Square for beautiful architecture and chocolate. Or head to Ghent with it’s medieval architectures or my favorite, Bruges. Bruges is an awesome town noted for its canals, cobbled streets, and medieval buildings. It is like a fairy tale village.

In this Belgium travel guide you will find ways to save money, recommendations on lodging, where to eat, top thing to do, and so much more!

Things to See and Do in Belgium

Grand Palace
Historic Center of Bruges
Ghent City Center
Bruges Boat Tour
Antwerpen-Centraal
Beer tours
Chocolate Tours
The Markt
What to do in Bruges

Bruges 

Chocolate shop in Bruges

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation – You can stay in a hotel starting at around $100 USD a night or use Airbnb or VRBO which starts at $57 a night.

We stayed in a hotel, Hotel Amigo, in Brussels which was right next to Grand Place. We loved our stay. The hotel was clean, comfortable, and the staff was great. It is literally a 2 minute walk to the Grand Place. Rooms start at $250 USD.

For a more budget option in Brussels, I recommend the Courtyard By Marriott Brussels

For Bruges and the other cities, I highly suggest going the Airbnb or VRBO route. There are so many affordable and super charming flats to stay in close to the places you want to be at.

Food – There are so many options, meals are between $14-$30 USD. In Brussels you have countless options as this is the bigger city. One thing about Belgium we learned is the restaurants are small and have somewhat odd hours. You need to call and make reservations almost anywhere.

Pasta Divino is a must but it is really small and fills up fast so make sure you get reservations days in advance. Head to Maison Dandoy for amazing waffles! Take a chocolate tasting tour where you can have a taste from each of the best chocolatiers! Brussels is also home to many breweries like Cantillion. There are also many bars that have hundreds of great beers on tap. Try Delirium!

 

Bruges also has great food, beer, and chocolate. For good beer and food check out De Halve Maan Brewery. Another good spot for beer is De Garre. A good cafe is Gulliver Tree. Strolling around Bruge, you will see countless chocolate shops. Sample one or 10, you won’t be sorry!

Transportation – In Brussels you can get around via the Metro for an affordable price. There are armed guards on many of the trains but petty theft is common in this area so be aware and practice these travel safety tips.

Brussels also has plenty of taxis around for you to get around if you don’t want to take the metro.

In Bruges, as long as you stay locally you can pretty much walk everywhere. If you need to get around you can take a taxi.

Suggested daily budget –  $100-$150 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in an airbnb, eating out, getting some beer and chocolate, and using local transportation or walking. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!). In this Belgium travel guide look below on some ways to save money on your trip to Belgium!

Money Saving Tips

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Find cheap eats There are plenty of places that offer cheaper eats . Find things like sandwiches, frites, waffles, or kebabs for a cheaper meal around $5-$10 USD. Beer are only a few Euros!
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Walk or use public transportation If you stay by Grand Square in Brussels you can walk around a lot of the places you may want to see. For some of the other places take the metro. For Bruges, walk!
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Get city passes Most city's have passes that get you into multiple attractions for a discount.
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Do a free walking tour Either do a self-guided walking tour or go on a free walking tour to save money of attractions that cost money. There is so much to walk around and see for free in both Brussels and Bruges

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Belgium is a great country to see for the architecture, the scenery, food, chocolate, and beer. Bruges especially is a very scenic and a must see city! I hope this Belgium travel guide gave you some good tips and ideas for your trip to Belgium!

For the top 10 things to do in Bruges head here.

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I'm Brittany and I love to travel. As a mom with 3 small kids, travel didn’t always seem like a possibility. But after learning some tricks of the trade, I learned that traveling doesn’t need to be something I wait to do until my kids are grown and gone. My husband and I love to travel together but we also love family travel. The memories that we make together and with the kids are what I love most about traveling. I think travel opens up your whole worldview and allows you to look at the world and yourself differently. I hope to inspire people to travel no matter their life stage or circumstance because there is a whole world out there waiting!

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