With tonnes of attractions and business housing, it’s no surprise the country has grown in popularity amongst international arrivals. In fact, over sixteen million people stay in Belgium’s short-term accommodation each year. Thus, SITU aims to provide these travellers with the best Belgium serviced accommodation on offer.
Belgium boasts a historic landscape, with beautiful architecture dating back to Roman times. For instance, the word 'spa' comes from the Belgian town of the same name, now home to a Formula One racetrack. The first mention of Belgium came 2,000 years ago, but for centuries onward the country was part of a larger state structure. It is often called the ‘Battlefield of Europe’. From the 16th through to the early 19th century, it was the site of many continental wars between the European powers of the time. This perception strengthened again in the 20th century, during the two world wars. Belgium’s independence was declared in 1830 and the first King of Belgium, Leopold I, took his constitutional oath on July 21st, 1831. This day is now the National Day of Belgium.
Belgium’s laws are relatively similar compared to the rest of Europe. You should always make sure that you have identification on your person and avoid wearing clothes to cover your face in public. If you are a resident of Europe, the US or Australia, you are not required to have a visa for entry to Belgium. Visit www.schengenvisainfo.com/belgium-visa if you are still not sure whether you require a visa to enter Belgium.
The Belgian population divides between a Dutch-speaking population in the north and a French-speaking population in the south. The country’s constitution takes influences from both these nations and acts as a federal state with a civil law system. The country also houses the headquarters of the EU. So, it is perhaps fitting that the reason many people seek serviced apartments in Belgium, is down to the fact that its capital, Brussels, houses the organisation which encompasses a united, and conflict-free modern-day Europe. Moreover, visitors are often well accepted in Belgium. Proving this is the Belgian people’s attitude towards ‘no last calls’ at bars and pubs. Belgium is one of the only countries where the last call is not a legally mandated thing, and if the atmosphere is good, they will stay open all night.
Driving across Belgium is reasonably straightforward. The motorways are toll-free, and the roads are very well-maintained. Be sure to look out for signs though, which those in the south showing names in French, whilst in the north in Flemish. If you opt not to drive, taxis across Belgium are available and the fares are reasonable. Typically, drivers charge at one euro per mile, and between two and four euros for the initial pick up depending on the time the taxi is booked.
Belgium has used the Euro as its currency since 2002. It’s easy enough to exchange your money, or even the previous Belgian Franc currency, for Belgian Euros at most of the country’s banks. For a range of different exchange rates visit the www.greenwichmeantime.com website and its currency converter.
Belgium relies on trade. Its main exports include machinery, chemicals and, notably, diamonds. Belgium has also profited from a willingness to accept global trade and investment. The country ranked 8th out of 191 countries regarding per capita income which has encouraged business travellers to travel here. Those coming to short term rentals will find that Belgium has a very urban population, with 97% of its people living in cities and towns. Why not embrace this urban scenery and explore the range of corporate housing SITU has available in Belgium?
As well as a country of business potential, travellers can also benefit Belgium’s many beautiful tourist sites. A must see is The Grand Palace in Brussels. Inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1981, stunning buildings dating back to the 14th and 17th century surround the Palace. We have many serviced apartments within walking distance of this historic site. Get a feel for Belgium’s refreshing countryside too by visiting the likes of Waterloo and Meuse Valley. Surrounded by luscious greenery and picturesque views, these sites allow visitors to embrace the associated heritage and take a relaxed stroll.
Our city apartments are close to the amazing Saint-Hubert Royal Galleries too, an ensemble of nineteenth-century shopping arcades. Similarly popular are Belgium’s museums. The likes of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the Museum of the City of Brussels, and Cinquantenaire are sure to fulfil your educational needs. SITU’s extended stay business accommodation can ensure you have a chance to visit them all.
Brimming with culture and heritage, Belgium can offer all the qualities of a relaxing vacation and fulfilling business trip. Let us help you, by ensuring your Belgium accommodation meets all your expectations whilst visiting this captivating country.
Connecting the capital to 238 destinations across the globe, Brussels Airport is one of Europe’s largest airports.
More than 24 million passengers travelled through the airport last year, and it is the 23rd busiest airport in Europe.
Bus routes are plentiful across Belgium and provide residents and travellers convenient journeys across the country.
Bus networks are serviced by three different companies: De Lijn, TEC and STIB. De Lijin covers Flanders, TEC manages transport in Wallonia, whilst STIB buses serve the Brussels city area.
Encountering little disturbance or interference, tram and metro provide ideal means of transport to get around Belgium. Our serviced accommodation ensure you are always within close vicinity of these stations.
Tram travel is available in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Charleroi, as well as along the entire coast via the ‘coast tram’.