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Car rental tips and comfortable automobile hire for a nice trip to Belgium! Make use of the available car rental coupons!

 

Positioned on the North Sea coast of the stable Benelux community, Belgium is a low-lying country at the crossroads of Western Europe. The county is bordering Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, the Netherlands to the north and Germany to the east. The capital of Belgium – Brussels is positioned within a thousand kilometers from many of the major capitals in Western Europe.

 

Belgium is characterized with a landscape of wooded hills, flat coastal plains, rolling hills and valleys. It has temperate climate with cool summer months and mild winter months. The days are often humid and rainy and the average annual temperature is around 10°C. The country is densely populated and even if the main attractions are within fast reach, the best way to see the country and make most of the stay is by using the services of the car rental companies and visiting the settlements and the places of interest there at one’s own pace.

The biggest cities of Belgium

Belgium is not a large country in terms of territory and it comprises of three regions, namely Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia. Flanders is the Dutch speaking area of Belgium with cities like Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent. Brussels is the capital region, which is bilingual and is home to the EU headquarters. Wallonia is the French speaking region of the country, close to the border with Germany. The country can be easily explored with the available rental vehicles.

The biggest cities in Belgium include:

  • Brussels – this is the bilingual capital of the country and a capital of the European Union. It is a multicultural city with a beautiful historic center. Among the sites to be seen here are the Grand Palace with its Gothic town hall, the cathedral Saint Michael and Gudula, the Mannekeen Pis statue, the comic museum, the Magritte museum, and the royal museum of fine arts. The city requires an affordable car hire.
  • Antwerp – that is the second largest city of Belgium, placed along the Scheldt river. Among its must see sites are the huge Gothic cathedral of Our Lady, the Grote Markt, the Plantin-Moretus museum, and also the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Bruges – called the ‘Venice of the north’, the city is known for its romantic atmosphere, historic center and canals.
  • Ghent – a nice mixture of the atmosphere in the cities of Bruges and Antwerp, this town has marvelous medieval centre with many churches, canals, castle. Here are organized many festivals and art workshops.
  • Leuven – this small town is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. The town has marvelous historic center, lively nightlife and the biggest brewing factory in the world.

 

Other destinations that deserve to be seen in Belgium (and require vehicle rental) include:

  • Ardennes – a hilly countryside area with castles, stone villages and deep forest.
  • Waterloo – historical site
  • Abbeys – famous for brewing beer.

 

Driving in Belgium

Belgium is a beautiful country with very well-organized transport and road network. That is why driving in the country could be very pleasant. The travelers who decide to take an advantage rental car for their trip to Belgium should know the main highways of Europe pass through the country. The drivers should observe the following rules:

  • Belgium has 30 km/h speed limit zones in many of its settlements, especially close to churches, schools, and hospitals, where there is a chance of children or elderly people crossing. The speed limits in these areas are very strictly enforced and radar traps are very frequent.
  • The accepted speed in the urban zones is 50 km/h, while the one on the open roads is 90 km/h. The speed allowed on the motorways is 120 km/h.
  • There are no tolls applied in Belgium.
  • The passengers in Belgium are obliged to wear front and rear seat belts.
  • Drink driving is totally forbidden. Only 0.5 milligrams of alcohol are allowed to be found in the blood.
  • The setting off from restaurants and service stations on the left side of the road should be done very carefully.

Tempting and cheap car rentals in Belgium Charleroi Airport are available here.

Car rental tips for Belgium

  • Belgium is a country with modern motorways that require no payment of tolls. Some of the secondary roads in the country, however, are not that well maintained.
  • The tunnel Liefkenshoek in Antwerp requires a toll, but it is a good alternative to the Kennedytunnel that is often congested.
  • The road signs are in the local language. In Brussels, they are bilingual.
  • There is a rule for ‘priority from the right’.
  • The motorway signs are inconvenient, mainly on the secondary roads.
  • The traffic in Belgium is quite hectic.
  • Some of the rental vehicles are equipped with navigation and are the most reliable way to get from one place to the other.

 

Mini Guide

The sites that should not be missed in Belgium are numerous. They are all easy to reach with the available automobile rental by the local and international car rental companies.

  • Bruges: Belfry & Halle
  • Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Ghent
  • The Battlefields of Flanders
  • Ghent’s Gravensteen
  • Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges
  • Meuse Valley
  • Grand Place, Antwerp
  • Mons Old Town
  • St. Peter’s Church, Leuven
  • Mechelen Old Town
  • Waterloo
  • Semois Valley

Did you know?

  • In Belgium are to be found more castles per square kilometer than in any other country.
  • Belgium has the world’s longest rail network – 4078 kilometres.
  • Belgium is the oldest free European country with a charter of rights since 1066.
  • The country offers 1000 different beers from 150 breweries and Belgians drink 150 liters of beer on average per person per year.
  • Education is compulsory till 18 years of age.
  • Belgium produces 220 000 tons of chocolate per year and the Brussels’ International Airport is the biggest point for selling chocolate.
  • The oldest shopping arcades in Europe, known as St Hubert Galleries, opened in Brussels in 1847.
  • Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo in Belgium.