Belgium -10 Facts You Did Not Know – Take a trip this summer!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know that a Belgian designed the generic side of the Euro coin? Luc Luycx’s design won the European Union contest.
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.
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!