Brussels Basic Information

Ever wanted to see where Batman lives? Well Brussels is as close as you’ll get. Just east of the Petit Ring you’ll find the real-life Gotham City. The architecture all over Brussels is quite incredible with Art Nouveau Facades and monumental edifices. Want to know more? Read on.

Visa Requirements

Australians travelling to Belgium will not need a visa because Belgium is part of the Schengen Convention. This convention states that Australians can stay in Belgium for up to 90 days, within a 180 day period. If you’re carrying more than 10,000 euros though, you’ll need to declare this on your arrival. Failing to declare this may result in a fine. You won’t need to declare it though if you’re arriving from another country in the EU. Also, make sure you’ve got at least 6 months validity on your passport. For up to date information on entry and exit requirements, contact the Embassy or Consulate of Belgium.

Currency

In Brussels (and the rest of Belgium), you’ll use the Euro. The Euro is really quite handy because it means you can travel around Western (and some of Eastern) Europe without changing money. You can change your Aussie dollars into Euros before you leave or do it in Brussels when you arrive. There are plenty of places to change money like banks and exchange bureaus at airports and train stations. You might find exchange bureaus charge higher fees than banks though.

Food

Belgium waffles. Belgium chocolate. Belgium beer. The name Belgium sits in front of many of our foodie favourites. But there’s so much more to Belgium food. Let’s just start with their highly-prized fries, which are actually said to have originated in Belgium. You’ll find these fries are sold at fast food stands or in restaurants. In restaurants you’ll order friteries or fritkot. Traditionally, the fries are served in white cone shaped cardboard cases with lashings of mayonnaise and tomato sauce. You can also get other fancy sauces like Aioli, Americaine and Bearnaise sauce. Yummo! Another distinctive Belg dish is the Carbonade Flamande – a Belgian beef stew made with beer (they wouldn’t have it any other way) and served with bread or fries, mustard and beer (of course).

Nightlife

So apparently there’s 400 types of beer in Brussels. That means they need plenty of fun bars, nightclubs and pubs to serve this delicious Belgium beer, totally an amazing 80 bars all up! Check out a Brussels’ favourite A La Mort Subite or for a Hungarian experience in Brussels, head to Le Grand Mayeur. For a taste of history, check out the Theatre Royal de Toone, first opened in 1834. This marionette theatre is a great place to sample some of those 400 beers. For something a bit hipster, head to‘t Velootje – a bicycle workshop turned into an informal bar.