Well placed between France and Holland, and just big enough to be covered within a week, the kingdom of Belgium encompasses all the best that Europe has to offer.
Frequently called the ‘Essence of Europe’, Belgium is both multicultural and multilingual with traces of French, Austrians, Dutch and Spanish that celebrated in its architecture, culinary art and lifestyle of its masses. The land itself is divided into two sections – Flanders (the predominantly Dutch-speaking north) and Wallonia (the predominantly French-speaking south) – which, when considered together, add up to a visitor package far greater in scope than Belgium is generally given credit for.
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Belgium shares borders with France (620 km), Germany (167 km), Luxembourg (148 km) and the Netherlands (450 km). Its entire area, including open water area, is 30,528 km2; land area alone is 30,278 km2. It lies between latitudes 49° and 53° N, and longitudes 2° and 7° E.
The climate is maritime temperate with significant precipitation in all seasons, like most of north-west Europe. The average temperature is lowest in January at 3 °C and highest in July at 18 °C. The average precipitation per month varies between 54 millimeters (mm) for February or April, to 78 mm in July. Averages for the years 2000 to 2006 show daily temperature minimums of 7 °C and maximums of 14 °C and monthly rainfall of 74 mm; these are about 1 °C and nearly 10 mm above last century's normal values, respectively.
- Brussels (Capital)
- Namur (city)
Major Attractions (Travellers/Students):
Belgium is one of the beautiful countries of Europe with attractions ranging from beautiful architecture, romantic cruises and delicious food. The geographical location of Belgium is wedged at the heart of European nations, particularly the UK and major European nations. You can experience the influence of the Romans, Celtics, German, French and Spanish in its rural parts. Belgium was once ruled by various kingdoms of Europe.
Five must visit tourist attractions in Belgium are:
The country code for Belgium is 32 and the international call prefix is 00, while the exit code for making any international calls from Belgium is 00.
The emergency number for police, ambulance and or fire brigade is 112. In Belgium you can also dial 101 for urgent police assistance.
Travel tips for Belgium:
- The voltage in Belgium is 230 V (Frequency 50 Hz) so a converter and type F switch is needed.
- It is necessary to carry a personal ID whenever you go out.
- If you plan to drive in Belgium you must hold a valid UK driving license, insurance and vehicle documents.
- The driving speed limit is 40 Km/hr, exceeding which may lead to a fine up to € 2,750.
- It is illegal to get into clothes that cover your face largely or completely in public places (parks, buildings, public transport, on the street etc.) failing which you can be fined up to €137.50 and/or detention for up to seven days.