A trip to Belgium can be a real discovery of a new culture, new ideas and worldviews. After all, Belgium has long been the embodiment of European values, the struggle for human rights, and for the peaceful settlement of all conflicts existing in the modern world.
Belgium demonstrates the possibility of a peaceful coexistence of the state and royal monarchy within one country. This is the heart of Western Europe and an example for imitation of other countries.
To understand the whole color of this country, it is worth visiting such cities as Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Mons and other cities. The population of the whole country is just over 10 million people. The largest city is Brussels, where the population is about 1 million people. It should be borne in mind that Belgium does not belong to a number of countries that offer “cheap” and low-budget vacation. However, it will be appreciated by those who love luxury, comfort and a high level of service. Even more luxury will provide car rental in Brussels Zaventem Airport.
The journey through modern Belgium will be remembered by fans of both quiet and active recreation. For the first category of tourists, there are many comfortable hotels that provide, as additional services, the organization of excursions to the historical and cultural places of Belgium. It is also supposed to get acquainted with the national Belgian cuisine and taking part in the Belgian holidays, which will remain in your memory for many years. For the second category, there is a lot of entertainment, such as: kayaking; visiting the beaches of the North Sea; participation in famous hiking tours, visiting medieval castles, churches and other architectural monuments; cruises along the canals and rivers of Belgium; visiting ‘Bobbeja-aniand’, ‘Melipark’, ‘Telecoo’ and the ‘Deigne-Aywaille’ safari park; participation in bicycle tours along picturesque routes.
This article is devoted precisely to active rest and cycling in Brussels and Belgium.
Belgium is covered with a dense network of smooth, carefully groomed bicycle tracks. At every step, you will see distance and route difficulties’ indicators. Special maps for cyclists are sold everywhere. Some travel agencies organize cycling tours and offer interesting, educational routes.
Bicycle in Brussels is useful for moving between the “nests” of the architecture of art nouveau. There are less cars at this area and you can safely ride. In general, Brussels is mountainous, and for those, who do not have the experience of cycling through the city (and exactly sharing one road with cars), such an adventure is unlikely to bring pleasure.
There are wagons for bicycles in trains, but bicycles need to be paid additionally, unless the bicycle is foldable.
In Bruges and Ghent, using bicycle hardly makes sense. In Bruges, you will be shaking on the pavement and dodging the crowds of tourists. In Ghent, the situation is almost the same. Unless you ride in the direction of the ruins of the St. Bavo abbey, or to the center of the city- the bicycle will be more convenient instead of a tram. However, keep in mind that often you will have to ride on the road with cars, trams, etc. In general, you need to be experienced to enjoy the trip.
Although bicycles in Brussels are not very popular, there are many conveniences for cyclists. For example, you will be pleased with signs prohibiting the thoroughfare, under which it is written that this sign does not apply to bicycles. There are signs that regulate the passage or even the elevators for bicycles! In addition, there are special “islands” near the traffic lights. You can customarily bypass the entire column of cars and stand straight in front of them, without violating the rules.
It is pretty much bicycle lanes in the capital of Belgium, but subjectively less than in Amsterdam.
There is no problems with a bike rental. There are a lot bicycles for rent with advertising posters on them. It’s even strange that they are not popular, as they are always standing still. There are many places to rent a bicycle around the city.
The prices for bicycle rental are not much different from the Czech Republic or Slovenia. In the evening, the rent bicycles are sweetly highlighted with green light.
Many people in Belgium park bicycles near trees of pillars and signs.
In the center of Brussels, there are even covered bike parks.