Belgium Travel, Tours, Gap Year & Volunteering

Amidst the charming cobblestone streets lined with French-influenced architecture, keep your eyes peeled for shops featuring local chocolate, waffles or fries: all are distinctly Belgian, and unparalleled in both richness and quality. Belgium is a popular destination to visit and on our directory you can find travel ideas and things to do. 

 
 

Belgium Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Ideas

Belgium Travel Guide

Belgium travel

Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Belgium.

  • Capital: Brussels
  • Currency: Euro
  • Population: 10,400,000 (approx)
  • International Calling Code +32
  • Language: Dutch, French, German
  • Area: 30,500 km2

 

Top Reasons to Travel to Belgium

There are so many reasons why you should consider visiting Belgium:

  • Historic cities
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Friendly people
  • Tasty food including wafles 
  • Sample the world famous beer
  • See famous sights like the Manacin Pis

 

How to Get to Belgium

You can reach Belgium overland by rail, bus, car or by plane.

 

Best Places to Visit in Belgium

  • Brussels is the most popular tourist destination in the country and has a population of around 2,000,000 people
  • Bruges
  • Antwerp
  • Ghent

 

Top Tourist Attractions 

  • Manneken Pis
  • Grand Place
  • St Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent
  • Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
  • Musical Instrument Museum
  • Basilica of the Holy Blood
  • Cathedral of Our Lady
  • Atomium
  • Markt
  • Plantin-Moretus Museum
  • Gravensteen
  • Pairi Daiza
  • Béguinage
  • Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
  • In Flanders Fields Museum
  • Leuven Town Hall
  • Royal Palace of Brussels
  • Menin Gate
  • Cinquantenaire
  • Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

 

Gap Year in Belgium

Interested in spend a gap year in Belgium? Search opportunities. You can find a range of gap year programs available in Belgium, these include just general sightseeing, learning, work experience and voluntary options. There are options throughout the country in places like:

  • Brussels
  • Antwerp
  • Ghent
  • Charleroi
  • Liège
  • Bruges
  • Namur
  • Leuven
  • Mons
  • Aalst

 

Belgium Tours

Highlights of booking a package tour to Belgium include visiting the Manneken Pis statue, Mont des Arts, the Grand Palace, Cinquantenaire Park and the Cathedral. While Brussels doesn’t quite match the scale of sights like the Eiffel Tower in France or the Coliseum in Italy, it continues to appeal to visitors thanks to its remarkable blend of old and new. If you go: Beer lovers, be sure to spend your evenings at the world-famous Delirium Café. Home to over 2,000 international brews, including their very own voted the best beer in the world, it will undoubtedly be an experience you will never forget. Search our cultural, small group and sightseeing tours in Belgium today.

 

Volunteer in Belgium

Belgium is very modern and advanced so you might be thinking where is the need for international volunteers. Local organisations run short and long term programs and allow international staff to apply and help too, you will get to mix with locals and do something benefical.  Apply to volunteer abroad in Belgium, search our featured projects today and help communities, people and the environment. 

 

Requirements

  • Available for a minimum of 2 weeks
  • Passion and enthusiasm for youth development
  • Age 18+
  • Be able to speak English
  • Committed to developing the language ability of the young people
  • Hold a valid passport

 

How to Apply

Some organisations charge a sign up fee to sign up, on these placements you usually get

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to project
  • All food and accommodation
  • Training materials and science equipment
  • Pre-departure support and services
  • Comprehensive training necessary for research techniques
  • 24-hour in-country support and a 24-hour emergency phone line

 

Reviews & Testimonials

"The experience was amazing, I learnt so much about other cultures and people. Working with disabled people was so valuable in teaching me about life and what is truly important" - Emma, social project in Belgium with Concordia

"I benefited greatly from witnessing the enthusiasm for life which the disabled children share and really enjoyed working with them. Overcoming challenges such as difficulties with communication or maintaining discipline improved my skills in dealing with awkward situations. Living  as a group with other volunteers was particularly rewarding, in that I was able to learn about a wide range of cultures and their varying attitudes." - Sophie, community project in Belgium

"To anyone who is considering going on a project just go. No matter what fears you have, whether it's travelling to the place, the people you will meet, the unpredictable, I promise the fun that you will have will outweigh any negatives. I laughed so much and met some incredible people from all over the world. I have a new appreciation for languages, culture and community but mostly for the resilience of people.” Volunteer about her project in Belgium, Asylum Seeker centre