Belgium – 10 Facts You Did Not Know

Belgium -10 Facts You Did Not Know – Take a trip this summer!

1. Tramline
The longest tramline in the world is located in Belgium. This tramline is 70km long and goes along the Belgian coastline starting from the border with France to the border with the Netherlands. Along this ride there are 68 stops and it takes a whopping 2.5 hours to travel! This ride is very popular amongst tourists, It is the perfect way to see the beautiful coastline.

Belgium and its beaches

Relax by the beach in beautiful Belgium

2. Highway
As this wonderful destination has such an extensive illuminated highway network for such a small country, the light is so intense, you can see the network from space!

Highway in Belgium

What a view from space!

3. Spa
The word spa that we know as “wellness” comes from the Belgian city called Spa. In the 18th century, the first modern health resort was opened here.

Spas in Belgium

Discover the origin of Spas, in Belgium!

4. Castles
For such a small country, there are more castles per square kilometre than anywhere else. This is the reason why Belgium is a record holder in this category.

Stunning castles in Belgium

Some of the best castles!

5. Chocolate
Belgium has been producing chocolate for over 400 years! Every year, more than 173,000 tons of chocolate are produced and the country has over 2000 chocolate shops.

The best chocolate in Belgium

Some of the best chocolate can be found in Belgium!

6. Diamonds
Antwerp is the diamond capital of the world. In this city, around 80% of the raw diamonds and 50% of the cut diamonds are traded.

Diamonds in Belgium

Visit the diamond capital of the world!

7. Sundays
On Sunday, almost all stores and supermarkets are closed in Belgium. The big shopping streets in Brussels and Antwerp are also closed, so bear this in mind when you book a trip to this fascinating country.

Sunday closures in Belgium

Enjoy quiet Sundays!

8. Euro
Did you know that a Belgian designed the generic side of the Euro coin? Luc Luycx’s design  won the European Union contest.

Euros in Belgium

Links between the Belgians and the Euro!

9. Comic books
They have more comic book writers per square kilometre than any other country in the world. Comic book characters such as Tintin and the Smurfs all originate from Belgium.

Belgium and comic books

The much-loved comic book in Belgium!

10. Sales
Twice a year there are sales in Belgium. In January and July all stores have sales on, and you can find some great bargains. During these sales, some stores discount their products by up to 70%. The rest of the year, you will have to pay full price!

Sales are very important in Belgium

Enjoy some sales shopping in all Belgian cities!

 

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