Belgium

Belgium is a lowlands country on the North Sea coast in northeastern Europe, bordering France to the southwest, Luxembourg to the southeast, Germany to the east and the Netherlands to the north.

Belgium is the heir of several former Medieval powers, previously named Belgae, leaving historic traces throughout much of this densely populated country (total population is 11 million).

With the majority of West European capitals within 600 mi (1,000 km) of the Belgian capital of Brussels, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe. Today it also serves as the de facto capital of the European Union (EU) and the headquarters for NATO.

Belgium lies at the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, and is home to two main linguistic groups: the Dutch-speaking, mostly Flemish community, which constitutes about 59% of the population and lives primarily in the north, and the French-speaking, mostly Walloon population, which comprises 41% of all Belgians and live primarily in the south. Brussels itself is largely bilingual.

Geographically, Belgium’s coastal plain consists mainly of sand dunes and reclaimed land protected by dikes (much like the Netherlands). Further inland lies a smooth, slowly rising landscape irrigated by numerous waterways, with fertile valleys and the northeastern sandy plain of the Campine (Kempen). The thickly forested hills and plateaus of the interior Ardennes are more rugged and rocky with caves and small gorges.

[Note on When to Go: The climate in most of France is fine in July and August as well, if somewhat hot.  But these two months are both the most crowded with tourists.]

 

Share:
FacebookredditpinterestmailFacebookredditpinterestmail
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Best Weather
Top-ranking Destinations
Total: 3
Natural: 0
Combination: 1
Cultural: 2
 
Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
1996
 
 

Click on a destination to explore.


Show destinations that are ideal for these travel months.
Show destinations with these overall atmospheres.
 
 

Featured destinations in this country:

A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.

Antwerp

Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Bruges Brugge

 
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.

Brussels

 
 
SHOW INTERESTS