Belgium is a must-visit location if you are planning a trip to Europe. Even though it is smaller than most countries in the area, its rich history and countless sites make it an ideal vacation spot. With fewer kilometres to travel in between sites, everything is only a short train ride away.
A founding member of the European Union, the country is home to more than 11 million residents, which predominantly belong to one of two linguistic groups – Dutch and French. There is also a small German-speaking community, giving the country three official languages. This mixture of cultures gives cities such as Brussels, Bruges and Ghent a unique appeal. Whether you plan to visit one or all three of these cities, with vacation travel insurance, you can travel confidently knowing you have assistance should your travel plans go awry.
Top tourist destinations to explore
Brussels, the unofficial capital of the European Union, is known for its great restaurants, cafes, museums, art galleries and historical sites. When you’re in town, check out Grand Place, Manneken-Pis, Saint Michael’s Cathedral, Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art, Belgian Royal Palace, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Parc du Cinquantenaire and the Atomium; the Atomium is the most popular landmark in the city.
Other cities in the country, particularly Ghent and Mechelen, are known for their Middle Ages architecture. Be sure to check out the Belfry and Halle, and Basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges; Cathedral of Saint Bavo and Gravensteen in Ghent; and Meuse Valley, Mons’ old town, Semois Valley and Saint Peter's Church in Leuven.
Perhaps the most attractive aspect of the country is its role in some of the most important events in history. It was here that Napoleon met his match at the battle of Waterloo, it’s the home to the battlefields of Flanders and Ypres, not to mention dozens of other sites that are reminders of both the first and second World Wars.
Travel information and advice for trips to Belgium
You are required to have a valid Canadian passport to enter Belgium, and it must be valid for at least three months after your anticipated departure. Tourist, business and student visas are not required for trips of less than 90 days. Work visas are required.
Since the country is part of the Schengen area, a group of 26 European countries that share common visa rules, you are permitted to travel within the countries without additional travel visas or documentation. The country’s currency is the euro (EUR), and credit cards and traveller’s cheques are widely accepted. In tourist areas, many people speak English and other European languages. Exercise normal safety precautions and keep your passport secured at all times.
Travel insurance for Belgium
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|Population (2012):||11,128,246||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Official language(s):||Dutch, Russian, French|
|Diesel (2012):||1.98||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline (2013):||2.13||1.23 (2013)|