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Belgium

Belgium’s two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders (which includes the “Low Country” of Antwerp and the famous medieval city of Bruges, among other areas) and the southern francophone region of Wallonia. The eastern half of the country is dominated by the ...

Belgium’s two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders (which includes the “Low Country” of Antwerp and the famous medieval city of Bruges, among other areas) and the southern francophone region of Wallonia. The eastern half of the country is dominated by the Ardennes: a rugged, densely forested area that was the site of three major battles in the two world wars. Bruges is a startlingly picturesque city laced by a network of mirrorlike canals. Its draw includes numerous superb art galleries. Brussels is the headquarters of both NATO and the European Union. Belgium is famous for beer — more than 500 varieties — chocolate, waffles and french fries. French fries originated in Belgium, the name referring to the manner in which the potato is sliced: to “french” means to cut into slivers.

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DIRECT DIAL CODES

To phone hotels and restaurants in Belgium, dial 011 (international access) + 32 (Belgium code) + city code and local numbers.

TIME

Six hours ahead of New York (EST).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay). Visit www.travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, www.cdc.gov

CURRENCY

Euro (€). Fluctuating rate valued at €1.00 = US$1.16 as of September 2018.

U.S. EMBASSY

Brussels, Tel. 2-811-4000.

CLIMATE

Belgium’s climate is temperate but seldom settled for long. The northern, low-lying coastal area is driest and experiences the warmest winters and coolest summers. Brussels is representative of the showery central region. The hilly and sparsely populated southern Ardennes area has colder winters with snow and fog.

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