1. Apply for a European Visa (Schengen)
Belgium is a Schengen country, so if you have traveled to Europe and have a European Visa (Schengen), you will not need to apply for a Visa to travel to Belgium. If you do not have one, you must apply for a Belgian Visa to travel.
2. Time to travel to Belgium
Just like the Vietnamese weather, climate weather in Belgium is also divided into four seasons in the year: Spring (March - May) - Summer (June - August) - Fall (September - November) - Winter (December - February). However, due to the temperate climate, the weather in Belgium is relatively cool and pleasant, the average summer temperature is only about 23 degrees Celsius, and the winter seems colder, the temperature drops sometimes. only 1 degree centigrade
You should travel to Belgium in the spring, April, May or summer time in September and October. Because at this time the weather is not too cold, nor too hot, suitable for sightseeing, sightseeing and at the same time, this is the sprouting and bouncing season of trees, helping to create a space with unique beauty. private. Certainly, when traveling here, you will get extremely interesting experiences.
+ Belgian tourism you can choose aircraft as a means of transportation. In Vietnam there are many airlines operating routes to Belgium such as Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, Aeroflot, ...
+ Vehicles in Belgium
The transport system in Belgium is also quite developed like many other European countries, so visitors can easily choose the right means for them such as: Public transport (Bus, train), taxi, bike ... However, if you want to save on travel expenses in Belgium, according to the low-cost, economical Belgian travel experience, you should choose public transport to travel. Because of the cheap price, the travel route is fast, accurate and very safe. Other vehicles such as taxis are only suitable for short routes in the city, because the price of taxi here is also quite high.
4. Stay when traveling to Belgium
Hotels in Belgium are not too many, but almost all are of quality and international standards both in terms of infrastructure, equipment, services and service style. Especially in the capital Brussels, there are a lot of leading brands in accommodation services with luxury hotels such as Marriott Hotel, Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Novotel Brussels Offf Grand Place Hotel ...
In Bruges, the leading hotels can be mentioned as Hotel Ter Brughe, Hotel Prinsenhof or Martin’s Relais Hotel. In the city of Antwerp there are notable hotels like Hilton Antwerp Old Town Hotel, Crowne Plaza Antwerp ... and in Ghent, there are many famous brands such as Ghent Marriot Hotel, Novotel Ghent Centrum Hotel, Best Western Hotel Chamade ...
5. What to play in Belgium
+ Brussels Park - Famous tourist spot in Belgium.
One of the most beautiful and famous sights, tours in Belgium that you must visit is Brussels park. With an area of more than 250,000m2, this place is home to many cultural beauty, historical achievements and many famous works of art. Moreover, the Brussels park is also seen as a miniature Europe with models built up, replicating famous landmarks like many countries.
+ Bourse Building
Bourse Building (also known as Brussels Stock Market Building) has been included in the list of attractions in Belgium worth visiting. The building was decided by Napoleon in 1801 as Belgium's largest securities center; It was not until 1868 that construction was started and it was completed in 1873.
The Bourse Building is designed to blend elements of the two Renaissance Renaissance arts (Neo-Renaissance) and Second Empire (Second Empire), with a rich, harmonious combination of sculptures. , painting and interior decorations. All architecture and decorative works at the Bourse Building were made by a team of famous artists of this time.
+ Atonium - Unique symbol associated with Brussels capital
Atonium is dubbed the "Eiffel Tower of Brussels", is one of the famous destinations in Belgium and very attractive. This is a monument built in 1958, to serve the first international fair after World War II in Brussels.
The building is located next to King Baudouin Stadium in Heysel Park, 102 meters high with a total weight of about 2,400 tons. Atonium is composed of 9 symbolic balls for 9 atoms in the crystal structure of the iron element. Visitors can walk through these internal staircases and look out over the entire city of Brussels through the windows at the top of the spheres.
+ Palais de Justice
Palais de Justice has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belgium, welcoming millions of visitors from all over the world every year to admire a great work of art.
With ancient and ancient architecture, the Palais de Justice also known as Palace of Justice always makes people overwhelmed by its majesty. Like its function as Brussels's supreme court, Palais de Justice was built in 20 years, in a very good position, able to see the whole city, with golden arches and huge pillars, all exuded with condescension.
+ Statue of the reputation MANNEKEN PIS
The Manneken Pis statue is also known as the pee boy who is one of the famous European tourist destinations and also carries the same cultural meanings as the mermaid statue in Copenhagen. Manneken Pis is a sculpture of a small bronze fountain about 60 cm tall, describing a naked boy peeing into the fountain of the fountain. The statue was designed and sculpted in stone by François Duquesnoy in 1619 and in 1817 was replaced by a bronze statue.
There are many anecdotes about this boy, but the most famous is the story of patriotism. It is said that when the Spanish troops withdrew from the city of Brusels, they set fire to the city, when a boy dared to stand up in the midst of a fire to be a "firefighter", extinguishing the fire by " Urinate ”, save the city from being burned down.
6. Delicious dishes, Belgian specialties
+ Boulet au Sauce Lapin
If you want to explore Belgian cuisine, definitely can't skip the Boulet au Sauce Lapin, which is one of Belgium's best-known, delicacies. With simple processing, the dish is used with main ingredients from chopped beef or pork, mixed with sirop de Liège, onion, vinegar, brown sugar ... to create attractive taste, hard to resist.
+ Filet Américain
This is a unique type of beef steak that makes many people afraid to come to Belgium. The meat is pureed, then mixed with vinegar, salt, sugar, onions ... to drown out the fishy smell. Filet Américain is served with chips or bread. In some places even more courageous, they beat a raw egg to mix and increase the fat and get better.
Waterzooi stew is derived from the town of Ghent with the main ingredient is the soft cod river fish in a variety of vegetables. Basically, the broth must be cooked with the same fat as the cream, egg yolk and butter. However, the dish is not full of flavor, but it is added with carrots, potatoes, celery, leeks, laurels ... to balance.
It is known that Waterzooi is King Charles V. favorite dish. Today many popular recipes for this dish can be replaced by chicken to increase the sweetness.
Speaking of Belgium and skipping chocolate, it is a big omission. With over 2,000 types of chocolate produced, the country has always been praised for its richness and taste. Chocolate here always ensures the purity of ingredients, so that you will feel the bitter taste very different. But in the end, they still retain the delicate sweetness of the throat.
7. Notes when traveling Belgium - Chocolate Kingdom
Winter: should wear a wool hat, gloves, scarves, clothes, winter shoes, etc., must be warm enough because they often go outside a lot.
Summer: should bring a thin jacket, thin neckerchief if available.
Should wear sports shoes, sandals, lightweight low-heeled shoes with comfort, avoid wearing high-heeled shoes because it is very inconvenient to walk a lot in Europe, especially in the summer.
Do not bring clothes, suitcases, bags, bags, shoes, watches, sunglasses ... counterfeit goods, counterfeit goods of world famous brands such as Louis Vuiton, Gucci, Chanel, Lacoste, Ecco, Guess , Valentino, Puma, Adidas, Nike ... if detected, will be severely punished at airports.
Guests should exchange Vietnamese money to Euros in Vietnam or can pay by credit card, this is a practical experience when traveling to Belgium. VISA and MASTER credit cards are very popular in Belgium.
Guests should prepare odd coins in their pockets to use public facilities such as toilets and vending machines. Should change the currency of small denominations such as: 5 euros, 10 euros, 20 euros and some coins to go on trams, buy drinking water, buy phone cards. Bring a calculator to calculate the exchange rate when shopping.
+ Medicines for personal use
Should bring a personal medicine bag with special medicines or cold flu drugs because Europe in general and Belgium in particular, the need to buy medicine must have a doctor's examination application and the cost of examination here is very high.