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Belgium Flag The Kingdom of Belgium is a country in Northwest Europe. The country has land borders with France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, as well as a short coastline on North Sea. In terms of topography, the country can be divided into three main regions: a coastal region (consisting mostly of sand dunes as well ad land reclaimed from the sea and protected by dykes known as "polders"), a central plateau in the middle of the country which contains the most fertile agricultural land in the country, and, in the extreme South, an area known as the Ardennes (which also extends into France and Germany), which is rugged rocky plateau covered with thick forests.

The largest city in Belgium is the capital, Brussels. Other major cities include Antwerp, Bruges, Charleroi, Ghent, Liege and Namur. Over all, Belgium has a population of around 10.5 million people (as of 2005), and is one of the most densely population countries in Europe, with more than 97% of the population living in urban areas.

Belgium has a rich and developed economy, and has high exports per capita. It was the first country in mainland Europe to begin industrializing, and is a founder member of the European Union, as well as home to many EU, NATO and European institutions.

Map of Belgium

Belgium Country Details


Country Name Belgium
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Western Europe
Flag Belgium Flag
Principal Languages
  • Flemish
  • French
  • Capital Brussels
    Major Towns/Cities
  • Aalst
  • Antwerp
  • Bruges
  • Brussels (Capital)
  • Charleroi
  • Ghent
  • Hasselt
  • Kortrijk
  • La Louvière
  • Leuven
  • Liège
  • Mechelen
  • Mons
  • Namur
  • Ostend
  • Sint-Niklaas


  • Web Sites about Belgium


    Guildhouses, Antwerp, Belgium
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    Manneken Pis statue, Brussels, Belgium

    Books about Belgium


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    Rick Steves Belgium: Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent
    By Rick Steves

    RICK STEVES
    Released: 2017-05-30
    Paperback (364 pages)

    Rick Steves Belgium: Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent
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    • RICK STEVES
    Product Description:
    You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Belgium.

    With this guide, you'll ride bikes over cobblestone streets and embark on cruises through charming canals. Stop and smell the tulips as you hike past whirring windmills. Visit the ultramodern European Parliament. Explore beyond the cosmopolitan bustle of Brussels with trips to Ghent and Antwerp. When it's time for a break, sample fine chocolates or sip local beers—each served in its own distinctive glass.

    Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You'll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
    Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet & Andy Symington

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    Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore Unesco listed belfries in Bruges and Tournai, savour Belgian pralines at a Brussels chocolatier, or stroll along the river gorge in Luxembourg City; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Belgium & Luxembourg and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet's Belgium & Luxembourg Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, culture, politics, religion, art, comic strips, music, architecture, cuisine, beer.
    • Over 40 maps
    • Covers Brussels, Bruges, Ghent (Gent), Antwerp, Mechelen, Tournai, Liege, Luxembourg City and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg, our most comprehensive guide to Belgium & Luxembourg, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

    • Looking for a guide focused on Bruges & Brussels? Check out Pocket Bruges & Brussels a handy-sized guide/handy-sized guides focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.
    • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Europe guide.

    About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Belgium & Luxembourg
    By DK

    EYEWITNESS
    Released: 2017-04-18
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    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Belgium & Luxembourg
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    • EYEWITNESS
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    Stroll through the bustling city streets, explore the Caves of Hotton, and visit the Euro Space Center when you travel to Belgium and Luxembourg. See history, art, and more in these unique and vibrant countries.

    Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Belgium & Luxembourg.

       • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
       • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
       • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
       • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
       • Area maps marked with sights.
       • Detailed city maps include street finder indexes for easy navigation.
       • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
       • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

    With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Belgium & Luxembourg truly shows you the country as no one else can.

    Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

    Top 10 Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
    By DK

    DK Eyewitness Travel
    Released: 2017-01-17
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    Top 10 Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
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    Newly revised, updated, and redesigned for 2017.

    True to its name, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent covers all the region's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use "top 10" lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.

    This newly updated pocket travel guide for Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent will lead you straight to the best attractions these cities have to offer, from the Grand Palace in Brussels to a restful trip on the Dijver Canal in Bruges, and from the Design Museum Ghent to the high-class fashion of Antwerp. Find the best beer, chocolate, and waffles in the country.

    Expert travel writers have fully revised this edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent.

       • Brand-new itineraries help you plan your trip to these areas of Belgium.
       • Expanded and far more comprehensive, new laminated pull-out map now includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes to make it even easier to use.
       • Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
       • New Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-track ideas, along with standbys like the top attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
       • Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on inside cover flaps, with selected street index and metro map.
       • New typography and fresh layout throughout.

    You'll still find DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of history and culture. A free pull-out map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index and a metro map.

    The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent.

    Recommended: For an in-depth guidebook to Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent, which offers a complete overview of these cities; thousands of photographs, illustrations, and maps; and more.

    Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

    Lonely Planet Pocket Bruges & Brussels (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet

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    Lonely Planet Pocket Bruges & Brussels (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Pocket Bruges & Brussels is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you in Bruges and Brussels. Climb the famous bell tower in Bruges' Markt, wonder at the Burg's shining gilt or take an audio tour of world music at Brussels' Musee des Instruments de Musique; all with your trusted travel companion.

    Inside Lonely Planet Pocket Bruges & Brussels:

    • Full-colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Free, convenient pull-out Bruges & Brussels map (included in print version), plus over 15 colour neighbourhood maps
    • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
    • Covers Burg, Markt, Groeningemuseum, Royal Quarter Museums, Grand Place, Ilot Sacre, Parc du Cinquantenaire, EU Quarter, the Marolles, Ste-Catherine, Musee Horta and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Pocket Bruges & Brussels, a colorful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the can't-miss experiences to maximize a quick trip experience.

    • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

    About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.


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