Belgium (ned. Koninkrijk België, fr. Royaume de Belgique, ger. Königreich Belgien)
State in Western Europe, a member of the EU, UN and NATO. Area is 30,528 km², population is 10.8 million people. The country is named after the Celtic tribe ethnonym - Belgie. Belgium is a prosperous European state with a considerable number of well-preserved architectural monuments of the Middle Ages (especially castles in the Gothic style), quality hotels and a good standard of life (on this indicator Belgium competes with Switzerland) and the corresponding prices. Belgium also boasts excellent beaches and a modern spa in the main resort of Ostend. Main types of tourism in the country are excursions and recreation, beach vacation, leisure.
The location, grounds and landscape
The Kingdom of Belgium is located in Western Europe on the east coast of the North Sea. It has borders with the Netherlands, in the east - with Germany and Luxembourg, in the south and south-west - with France. In the north-west it is washed by the North Sea.
The climate and the average temperature
Special influence on the climate of Belgium have the Atlantic air masses from which forms the Belgian weather throughout the year. Due to this the whole country has particularly soft winter and summer is relative cool. Average winter temperatures in the western lowlands range from 0 to 3 and the bulge due to their higher altitude and distance from the coast is from 0 to -1 degrees. On the coast the winter reigns with quite windy and wet weather. Summer is here, on the contrary, in a very comfortable weather - daytime temperatures fluctuate around twenty degrees mark, and only in rare years, it is reaching 30 °. Humidity of the air is as in winter high enough due to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean. Precipitation occurs mostly during the cold period (about 800 mm in the plains and about 1300 in the Ardennes).
Flora and fauna
In the Ardennes are widely spread forests - mainly coniferous - they cover around half the size of the area. However, in fertility local soil gives away to noticeably inferior soils of the central plateau and powerful alluvial soils covering the coastal lowlands of Flanders, which is used for agriculture. There are also natural pine forests - they covered about one-seventh of the area of Flanders.
How best to get
From Kyiv and Lviv in Brussels you can take buses and trains. Directly flies there "Ukraine International Airlines", with transfer in Amsterdam and Warsaw - KLM and LOT.
Best time to visit
For a beach holiday you should bear in mind that the swimming season here lasts only from mid-June to mid-September. For sightseeing purposes it is better to come here from May to September, when the weather is for the most part sunny and warm.
Popular tourist sites
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the Brussels-Capital Region. The main tourist attraction in Belgium the locals fondly called "Little Paris". In Brussels are located institutions of the French and Flemish communities and Flanders, the headquarters of the European Union, NATO office, the Secretariat of the Benelux countries. Be sure to visit the Central Square with the Town Hall, King's House, stroll through Brussels Park, where you can be photographed against the backdrop of the Royal Palace and the Palace of Justice. Then you should check the famous "Pothole", which is itself is nothing but a well lit, with exhibit items of the Museum of Modern Art.
Antwerp is the second largest city and the largest in the world Dutch-speaking city that in addition to a set of medieval architectural structures is widely known for its diamond cutting. Not visiting at least one of the jewelry stores is nonsense, even if buying jewelry abroad is not included in your plans. Also be sure to go hiking through the South Quarter - the most beautiful historic city.
Tours in the direction of: Belgium