Belgium is a small country in the heart of Europe, probably best known for its world-famous Belgian chocolate, Belgian waffles, world’s best beer and great food… But this little country has so much more to offer than that! If you have never been to Belgium, now it’s the perfect time to put it on your European travel itinerary. There are two very good reasons to book a trip to Brussels in 2016. Ok, there are more than two, but if I were to name them all, I would need to write a book…
Why You Should Come to Belgium in 2016
1. Brussels Flower Carpet 2016
Have you ever seen a carpet made of flowers? If you haven’t, then you just have to come to Brussels in 2016! The famous bi-annual Brussels flower carpet is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and it’s gonna be amazing! It always is. No two carpets are ever the same and even though we’ve seen at least 5 or 6 of them over the years, it never fails to impress!
Brussels flower carpet practical info:
When: The Brussels flower carpet is a bi-annual event that takes place around the 15th of August. This year, you can admire this piece of art from the 12th to the 15th of August.
Where: Brussels Grand-Place – the most beautiful square in the world and UNESCO world heritage site.
Theme: This year’s edition has a Japanese theme.
Size: The flower carpet is 75 m long by 24 m wide and is made of 1,800 m2 (almost 20,000 ft2) of begonias.
What to do: Stroll around the Grand-Place and admire the details of this masterpiece. You can also visit the balcony of the Town Hall for the wide-angle views. Make sure to also visit in the evening for a spectacular music-and-light show.
Cost: You can admire the flower carpet and the evening shows free of charge. The visit to the balcony of the Town Hall will cost you 5 EUR.
2. Visit Belgium in 2016: less crowds and better prices than ever before
Due to the recent tragic events, Brussels and the rest of Belgium have seen a big decline in the number of foreign visitors. While this is bad news for the tourism sector, you can take advantage of less crowds and some really good deals for accommodation, especially in Brussels.
I have just been looking for hotels in Brussels this summer and there are some unbelievable deals with discounts up to 60%.
TIP: If Belgium is on your bucket list (and it should be), now you can get much more vacation for your money than ever before!
PLAN YOUR TRIP TO BRUSSELS
– Staying in the city centre, within walking distance from Grand Place, is the ideal way to explore Brussels. I can recommend the following hotels:
- Budget: Motel One Brussels or Ibis Hotel Brussels Centre St Catherine
- Mid-range: Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre; NH Brussels Carrefour de L’Europe; Boutique Hotel Saint-Géry
- Luxury: Hotel Metropole; Hilton Brussels Grand Place; Royal Windsor Hotel Grand Place; Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo
– Brussels is the perfect base for day trips in Belgium. Central Railway Station is located very close to the Grand Place and there are very good train connections to Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, etc. Ask for the best train ticket options. If you are younger than 26, GO PASS 1 is the cheapest way to travel around – 6 EUR for a one-way trip anywhere in Belgium.
– There are less business travellers in Belgium at the moment too, so you can find very cheap flights to Brussels as well. We use Momondo to search for the best flight deals.
Is it safe in Belgium?
I know that you wonder if it’s safe to travel to Belgium. We live here and we never felt unsafe. And while you can never foresee the future, life in Belgium and in Brussels is pretty much the same as it’s always been.
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