Belgium is a culturally diverse nation with three spoken languages. Its capital Brussels, with its fascinating architecture, is home to the European Union headquarters, has more restaurants than Paris, and enough chocolate shops to induce a cholesterol attack. And the second cities, Antwerp and Ghent, warrant more than just a weekend away. The Ardennes is a peaceful, historic region whose forested hills act as a buffer between Belgium and Luxembourg and it is the place for outdoor activities in Belgium.

When to go

Belgium enjoys cool, temperate weather with mild summers and cool winters and rainy variations throughout the year – particularly in the Netherlands. Summer temperatures average 77°F while winters average 45°F. Summer extremes can reach 90°F. May to mid-October are best for vacations. Although July and August are the warmest months, May and June are the sunniest.

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