Flights to Belgium
Belgium is a relatively small country in Western Europe, situated on the North Sea coast it has borders with the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France. The main tourist appeal with this country are the beautiful historic cities, especially Bruges.
Belgium’s main international airport is situated near the capital city, Brussels (airport code: BRU). The city is easily accessible by train from the airport, which takes around 25 minutes, plus there are also buses and taxis. From South Africa flights to Belgium are available with a great many airlines and all have the benefit of just one connection en-route. Choose from Olympic Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Iberia, South African Airways, Lufthansa, TAP Air Portugal, Virgin Atlantic, KLM and British Airways. All of these flights go via their home countries, so for British Airways you fly via London, KLM via Amsterdam, TAP via Lisbon, Lufthansa via Munich, Iberia via Madrid etc.
If you prefer, you can also catch a flight from Cape Town. There are not as many choices for this route, but one stop flights are available with KLM, Lufthansa and South African Airways.
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The Tourist Attractions of Belgium:
Most visitors come to Belgium for the culture and history, and it’s true to say the Belgium has some of the most attractive cities in Europe.
The wonderful architecture, canals and history combined with the fact that the historic centre is mainly pedestrianised make Bruges a wonderful destination for a long weekend or more.
There are a number of museums and churches to visit here, but really it’s the kind of city you can simply wander around and enjoy. The historic centre can be quite easily seen on foot, or if you prefer to get around a little quicker bicycles are very popular and are available for hire from many different locations.
Museums to visit include the Groeninge Museum, known more commonly as ‘the city museum of Fine Arts. Here you can see art mainly from local artists from between the 14th to 20th centuries. Belgium is famous for its chocolate, so chocolate-lovers should visit the Choco-Story Museum and of course there are many chocolate shops around Bruges!
Amongst the other notable buildings in Bruges are the Jerusalem Church and Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk which houses a Michelangelo sculpture of the Madonna with child, though a great building to enter is the Belfry in the Grote Market (big square) where you can climb the 366 steps to the top for a great view of the city.
Brussels is the capital and largest city of Belgium and is also highly regarded as the capital of the European Union. Unless you’re coming here specifically for business you’ll want to concentrate your time in the historic centre where, like Bruges, there are some fantastic and ornate historic buildings.
Unfortunately the historic centre of Brussels is a small area because many of these original buildings were destroyed when the city was expanded, but head for the main square, known as la Grande Place and de Grote Markt as Brussels is a bi-lingual city of French and Dutch speakers. The city tower is the main building here, and there are many wonderful restaurants and cafés in the surrounding area where you can sit and people watch!
When Should You Visit?:
The climate in Belgium is temperate which means it’s generally quite mild here, though can be damp too so often feels a little cooler than it really is. During the summer months of July and August the temperature is pleasant, rising to the low 20’s C (around 73F), though July does have relatively high rainfall as well.