Map of Belgium
The Belgian Royal Family &
(click on picture)
Vanberg & Dewulf,
experts on the good Belgian life
Belgium's online Telephone
The tower of the Brussels Town
Belgium is a small country (11,730 square Miles, the size of Maryland)
with a population of 10 million. It has been a constitutional
monarchy since 1830. There are three languages (Dutch, French and German).
However, English is widely spoken. The three regions (Flanders, Wallonia
and Brussels) have self-government in many spheres. Belgium has retained
its old-world charm in the preservation of its ancient buildings and
Six hours ahead of US Eastern
Standard Time. One hour ahead of GMT.
- Passports and
Requirements for U.S. and
Canadian citizens : valid passports without visa, provided their stay
does not exceed 90 days. For nationals of other countries, consult the
Belgian Consulate in your area.
- Pets, cats and
A veterinarian's certificate
is needed, issued not less than 30 days or more than one year prior to
entry, certifying that the animal is in good health and has been
vaccinated against rabies within one year.
- Working permits
For information on working
permits, contact the nearest Belgian Consulate
Since 1 January 2002 the
official currency is the EURO (Ä). In case you should come accross
prices that are still indicated in Belgian Francs, the conversion rate is
: 1 Euro = 40.3399 BEF.
Brussels Airport is connected
with frequent trains to the center of the town. The ride takes 17 minutes.
- Rules of the
There is a speed limit of 90
km per hour (56 mph) on all roads throughout the country, with the
exception of highways and trunk roads with four traffic lanes, where
speed is limited to 120 km per hour. In most main towns the speed limit
is 50 km.p.h. and is indicated by traffic signs. Traffic of the right
has right of way.
Safety belts must be worn at all times and children under 12 are
prohibited from sitting in the front seat, unless no other seat is
- The roads
Roads are very good. Since
Dutch is spoken in the northern part of the country and French in the
Southern part, several towns and villages have two names, one in French
and one in Dutch. Here is a list of the most important towns and their
different language names.
Antwerpen - Anvers - Antwerp
Gent - Gand - Ghent
Kortrijk - Courtrai
Brugge - Bruges - Bruges
Brussel - Bruxelles - Brussels
Liege - Luik
Mons - Bergen
Namur - Namen
Oudenaarde - Audenarde
Tournai - Doornik
Mechelen - Malines
Aalst - Alost
Dial 101 in case of accident
when medical help is needed.
On highways, orange phones
enable you to call for assistance (police, garage, medical help)
Most cities and towns have
Available in most towns. the
tip is included in the price shown on the meter
- Car rental
You must have a valid
driver's license and be at least 23 years of age.
The Belgian National Railways operate the
densest rail network in the world and the majority of the international
lines pass through Brussels, the center of this network. There is a
frequent efficient train service from Brussels to almost all parts of the
country. Look in our special train section for the departure schedules of
the most important lines.
Current is A.C. 220 volts 50
- Luggage lockers
These lockers are available
in most train stations and other locations in large towns.
If you wish to leave your luggage for more than a few days, it is
advisable to do so at a baggage check room in a railway station.
- Postal service
Hours : 9 AM to 12 AM and 2
PM to 5 PM
- Bank service
Hours : Monday through
Friday 9 AM to 3 PM (some closing for an hour at lunch time)
- Public Holidays
New Year (January 1)
Labor Day (May 1)
National Day (July 21)
Assumption Day (August 15)
All Saints' Day (November 1)
Armistice Day (November 11)
Christmas Day (December 25)
Practically every religion
is represented in the main towns in Belgium
- Tips, VAT, Taxes
In Belgium prices are quoted
"all inclusive". No additional tipping necessary
The main international
operators (AT&T, Sprint, etc.) have free call-in numbers in Belgium.In
most of the Belgian street phone boots, international calling is