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When to go
Belgium’s climate is for the most part mild and wet. Summer is the hottest season, although temperatures rarely become unbearable and rain is never far away. It is however the best season to enjoy the beaches along the North Sea and make the most of the lower hotel rates in Brussels, which sports an almost seaside resort allure from mid-July to mid-August. In late August, don’t miss the spectacular giants’ parade at Termonde.
Spring, often early and mild, is ideal for walks in the Semois and Meuse valleys and to wander around the streets of Brussels. In May, the capital’s squares are the venue of a Jazz marathon.
Autumn is suited to walks in the Ardennes forests, which are particularly stunning in the dry month of September.
Wet and sometimes snowy, winter is the long-awaited carnival season, around Shrove Tuesday. If you only have time to see one, don’t miss that of Binche with its intriguing Gilles characters.
Formalities and useful addresses
Embassy of Belgium in London – 17, Grosvenor Crescent - London SW1X 7EE - [TEL] +44-207-4703700 - http://unitedkingdom.diplomatie.belgium.be/en
Embassy of Belgium in Washington – 3330 Garfield Street - Washington, D.C. 20008 - [TEL] +1-202-3336900 - http://unitedstates.diplomatie.belgium.be/en
British Embassy in Brussels – Avenue d’Auderghem 10 - 1040 Bruxelles - [TEL] (+32) 2 287-6211 - www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-brussels
U.S. Embassy in Brussels – Regentlaan - 27 Boulevard du Régent - B-1000 Brussells - [TEL] (+32) 2 811-4000 - https://belgium.usembassy.gov
Money and budget
Banks are open Mon-Fir 9-12.30pm and 2-4pm. In town centres: 9am-3.30pm. Some banks are open on Saturday mornings.
The major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Belgium.
Health and safety
European Emergency Number – [TEL] 112
Police – [TEL] 101
Fire Brigade and Medical Emergencies – [TEL] 100
Current is 220V so American travellers will need an AC adapter.
Easter Sunday and Monday
Whit Sunday and Monday
July 21 – National Day
Post offices are open Mon-Fri 9am-12pm and 2-5pm (without lunch breaks in the big cities). Some of the big branches are open Saturday mornings.