Is Brussels dangerous is Belgium safe?

Is Brussels or Belgium all of a Sudden Unsafe?

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Two weeks after Paris 11/13 and the whole world is looking at Belgium and especially at Brussels as if it has become the most dangerous place in the world. I live in Belgium and over the past two weeks I got lots of messages from worried relatives and friends asking me what’s happening here. To tell you the truth, nothing special. The children are going to school and on field trips, streets and shopping malls are full of people, and the main topic of conversation is – as always – the weather. If it wasn’t for the media and the international press headlines screaming terror and danger, I wouldn’t even have realised that I’m living in such a dangerous place.

Today I heard an interview with Howard Gutman, former US ambassador to Belgium, and I have to agree with him that the reactions are completely disproportional.

Is Belgium Safe? Is Brussels Dangerous?

At this moment Belgium is the 14th safest country in the world on the Global Peace Index (GPI is the world’s leading measure of national peacefulness, and measures peace according to 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators/ for comparison, UK is 39th, US – 94th on that list).

Life in Brussels is back to normal, and not much has changed compared to a month ago. Yet some serious damage has been done to the image of the country and that of Brussels in particular, resulting in massive cancelations in the tourism sector. And that’s just one single aspect…

The truth is that Brussels is not any less safe than before 11/13, and as Mr. Gutman was joking ‘the most dangerous thing you are going to face in Belgium is the chocolate’ and the biggest risk is that of high cholesterol’.

So if you are hesitating whether you should come to Brussels for its Christmas markets or visit the famous bi-annual Brussels flower carpet in August 2018, reconsider. Belgium is a beautiful safe country that has so much to offer. You will absolutely love it here!

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  1. Midi train station area is not fhe prettiest. Streets do not look safe and are full.of graffiti. While walking avoid things of value in your wallets or purses. Midi station has a lot of people and many are looking to rob you. The station down have Wifi.

    1. Author

      While Midi train station is not the nicest area of Brussels, I really wouldn’t agree with the fact that it has ‘a lot of people looking to rob you’. There are pickpockets there just as there are pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower, Trevi fountain, and millions of other busy places. Unfortunately…
      But yes, it’s better not to walk around at night in the areas that you aren’t familiar with and it’s always advisable to keep your belongings out of sight and reach of pickpockets. I think this counts for pretty much any big city anywhere in the world with very few exceptions and Brussels is not really any different.

  2. Hello..lots of great information …thank you!
    I will be travelling to Belgium in the early fall and was wondering if flying into Amsterdam for a few days and then on to Bruges as a base for side trips via train to Ghent and Flanders fields. Would it be better to base out of Brussels or Antwerp? Want to make the most out. Of our budget and time
    Cheers! Dee

    1. Author

      Hi Dee, you may find that staying in Bruges can be more expensive, so basing yourself in Antwerp or Brussels might be a better idea. Also because there are more hotels close to the central train stations.
      But apart from that, it is really your preference. Bruges is nice in the evening when most tourists have left, so it can be a good place. It’s in any case the best place to go to WWI battlefields from.
      Enjoy your trip!

  3. Thank you

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