C. 1600, “Low Germany and the Netherlands,” from the Latin name of the territory near here occupied by the Belgæ, a Celtic tribe. Adopted 1830 as the name of a new nation formed from the southern part of the former United Kingdom of the Netherlands. [online etymology dictionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Brussels Changemakers – Brussels Changemakers is a community of people interested in driving positive social change. This is an open group for both emerging and established leaders working within existing organisations or creating new ventures, either nonprofit or for profit with a social mission. [meetup]

Brussels Entrepreneur Meetup Group – This group is designed for small business owners and entrepreneurs helping each other to succeed in their business. If you feel you’re not getting anywhere or if you think about a change of direction for your business this meet-up is the right place for you. [meetup]

Brussels Networking Club – (Belgians welcome) – One can never know too many people in business or in ones social life. It is extremely hard to meet other business people in Brussels or other professionals who have similar levels of education, work experience or world travel. [meetup]

Business Connect – P’tits Dej is the most important meal of the day, come and discover it for yourself! This group aims to address entrepreneurs, whose objective is to develop internationally. [meetup]

Career boosteur – Meet this up is for all job seekers at all levels and all sectors.Mainly those who are tired of the endless process of hiring or spending hours in recruitment boxes without any success. [meetup]

Cisco Data Centre User Group Brussels – Welcome! This meetup is for people who build, develop, or run a data center. This user group is for and about Cisco Next-Generation Data Centers, the people who use them, and anyone in our extended ecosystem who wants to learn more. [meetup]

Finance for Startups – The purpose of this group is to spread some basic financial concepts to the startup community in Belgium. [meetup]

SalesMixed – We are an international group of Sales Professionals sharing ideas and best practices on Sales innovation. Members have three platforms available within the SalesRemixed community. [meetup]

ShiftN Meetup – At shiftN we believe we are at the very cusp of significant transformations. We’re shooting the rapids. It’s a time in which the basics need to be rethought and new practices need to be developed. Creating clarity in complexity. [meetup]

SocialNIB – “Connecting People and Cultures around the Globe” The vision of People to People International is that a network of culturally knowledgeable global citizens will be an active force in creating and sustaining a more peaceful world. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date – Elite Dating caters to smart, successful professionals in their 30s and 40s mostly, who may have avoided online dating in the past. As a dating site, Elite Dating prides itself on safety/security and the legitimacy of its members. [visa hunter] – FriendScout24 is a good fourth option for Belgium. Advanced security measures check the IP address for the location of every user to prevent people from registering if they do not live in Belgium. [visa hunter] – is based out of Boulogne-Billancourt, Belgium and has been around since 2001. Of all the dating sites in Belgium, I think this one’s the second best. From its meager beginnings, has continually grown until it is now the most expansive online dating site in all of Europe. [visa hunter] – is part of the family of sites, which were launched in 2001 in Germany, and then expanded worldwide in 2002. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Brussels City Tours – Brussels City Tours is an organisation that provides guides excursions through Belgium. Our guides are very professional, competent and multilingual. [brussels city tours]

Bravo Discovery – Guided tours in Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp. Free tour Brussels, Tour gratis Bruselas. Visite gratuite Bruxelles.Excursione a Brujas, Gante y Ambres. [bravo discovery]

Sandemans New Europe – Home of the famous Brussels FREE Walking Tour with some of the best guides in Europe. [new europe tours]

Van Gogh Tours – Twenty-four years …wow… “Time surely flies when you’re having fun!” That old saying certainly applies to life at Van Gogh Tours. It’s incredible to realize that the idea for doing a few bike tours in Holland each summer has evolved into a full time cycling and walking tour company with many different itineraries in 6 European countries. [van gogh tours]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

A canal cruise in Bruges – The many canals in Bruges make for people often referring to it as the Venice of the North, but in my opinion it would better to call Venice the Bruges of the south! Bruges is in so many ways one of the most enjoyable cities of Belgium and cruising through it by boat on the canals is a great way to enjoy it’s beauty. [the crazy tourist]

Antwerp Zoo – Antwerp Zoo is a zoo in the centre of Antwerp, Belgium, located right next to the Antwerpen-Centraal railway station. It is the oldest animal park in the country, and one of the oldest in the world, established on 21 July 1843. [the crazy tourist]

AutoWorld – AutoWorld is a vintage car museum in the center of Brussels, Belgium, located in the southern hall of the Cinquantenaire Park. [the crazy tourist]

Bobbejaanland – Bobbejaanland is a theme park in Lichtaart, Belgium. It was founded by Bobbejaan Schoepen, a Flemish singer, guitarist, and entertainer who enjoyed international popularity in the fifties and early sixties. After 15 years he got weary of touring. [the crazy tourist]

Castle Gravensteen – The Gravensteen is a castle in Ghent originating from the Middle Ages. The name means “castle of the counts” in Dutch. Gravensteen is situated at an altitude of 9 meters. [the crazy tourist]

Castle of Vêves – The Castle of Vêves occupies a rocky platform just outside the village of Celles, in the province of Namur, Belgium. It is classified as Major Heritage of Wallonia. [the crazy tourist]

Curtius Museum – The Curtius Museum is a museum of archaeology and decorative arts, located on the bank of the Meuse River in Liège, classified as a Major Heritage of Wallonia. [the crazy tourist]

Eat some of the tasty Belgian Chocolate – Almost every village in Belgium has their own chocolate shop where recipes have often been handed down for generations. This culture of chocolate making and perfecting is appreciated all over the world. [the crazy tourist]

Enjoy a Belgian Waffle – Be sure to enjoy a Belgian waffle during your visit, wether this be from one of the waffle stands or in a cafe together with a cup of coffee. The Belgian waffle is a little thicker then a normal waffle and can have toppings like whipped cream, icing sugar, strawberries and jam. [the crazy tourist]

Enjoy the city of Ghent – Being located closely to Bruges this is city is ideal for as well a day trip as a complete city trip. It’s less known then Bruges but certainly just as beautiful, one of the hidden gems in Europe. [the crazy tourist]

Mini-Europe – Mini-Europe is a miniature park located in Bruparck at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels. [the crazy tourist]

Mont des Arts – The Kunstberg, meaning “hill/mount of the arts”, is a historic site in the center of Brussels. [the crazy tourist]

Pairi Daiza – Pairi Daiza is a privately owned 55-hectare zoo and botanical garden located in Brugelette in the province of Hainaut in Belgium. The animal theme park is located on the site of the former Cistercian Cambron Abbey, and is home to over 4,000 animals. [the crazy tourist]

Relax in Spa – If you want to relax and enjoy a little pampering then surely you’re going to want to visit the town of Spa, from which the all spas take their name! [the crazy tourist]

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken – The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, are a vast complex of monumental heated greenhouses in the park of the Royal Palace of Laeken in the north of Brussels. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. [the crazy tourist]

Royal Museum for Central Africa – The Royal Museum for Central Africa or RMCA, colloquially known as the Africa Museum, is an ethnography and natural history museum situated in Tervuren in Flemish Brabant, Belgium, just outside of Brussels. [the crazy tourist]

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History – The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History is a military museum that occupies the two northernmost halls of the historic complex in Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels, Belgium. [the crazy tourist]

Taste the wide variety of craft beers – Belgium is the absolute number 1 when it comes to craft beers and every region you visit will have some great local beers you should definitely try out! here’s many beer bars with a big selection of different beers, try to find one near you and let the host/owner make some suggestions you should try. [the crazy tourist]

The Atomium – The Atomium is a building in Brussels originally constructed for Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. [the crazy tourist]

The Rubenshuis in Antwerp – The Rubenshuis is the former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerp. It is now a museum. Also see our guide on things to do in Antwerp. [the crazy tourist]

Visit the Grand Place in Brussels – The Grand Place in Brussels is absolutely stuning with it’s historic buildings. [the crazy tourist]

Visit to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels – The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium is an art museum in Brussels. [the crazy tourist]

Visit the In Flanders Fields Museum in Lakenhallen – The In Flanders Fields Museum is the perfect place to learn about World War I in Europe. [the crazy tourist]

Visit the Manneken Pis landmark in Brussels – Although just a small bronze sculpture, it’s a world renown landmark that’s a perfect picture opportunity. [the crazy tourist]

Ypres Cloth Hall – The Cloth Hall is a large cloth hall, a medieval commercial building, in Ypres, Belgium. It was one of the largest commercial buildings of the Middle Ages, when it served as the main market and warehouse. [the crazy tourist]



Anima, Brussels – Belgium has produced some of the world’s most famous cartoons (think Tintin, the Smurfs, and Nero) so it’s no surprise that Anima, one of the world’s best animated film festivals, is held here in Brussels, usually sometime late February to March. It showcases over 300 of the world’s very best cartoons and animated films from around the world. [expatica]

Belgium Pride – Belgium legalised same-sex relationships in 1795, was the second country in the world to legalise gay marriage (in 2003), and has always been regarded as one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world – it has even had an openly gay prime minister. The annual Belgium Gay and Lesbian Pride around May is a huge must-see event – last year there were around 100,000 participants. [expatica]

Beselare Witch parade – Beselare looks much like any other quiet Belgian town but its innocent appearance belies its reputation for witchcraft. Once every two years (on the odd years) around July the place runs wild with a thousand witches (see thumbnail image), gnomes, giants, victims of plague and pestilence and other spooky creatures. The parade through the town culminates in a witch hunt. Bring your own broomstick. [expatica]

Carnival de Binche – UNESCO describes this festival as ‘a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity’. That aside, where else would you be pelted with oranges by a thousand parading masked Gilles figures during an impressive, if a little bizarre, three day folklore extravaganza? It is held in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday (the start of Lent), which is usually around February. [expatica]

Gentse Feesten, Ghent – Around two million people attend Ghent’s city 10-day music and theatre festival during July, making it one of the biggest street carnivals in the world. There are music tents on the city’s squares, street performers, buskers and puppeteers, almost all of which is free to watch. But remember to bring your wallet, as there are food stalls and copious amounts of beer. [expatica]

Ommegang Festival, Brussels – Medieval pageantry at its best can be seen during the Ommegang Festival in Brussels’ opulent Grand Place in July. Watch as actors in historic costume, horses, huge banners, giants and carriages re-enact the medieval festival put on to welcome Charles V to Brussels in 1549. [expatica]

Procession of the Holy Blood, Bruges – The centrepiece of the largest religious pageant in Belgium (held on Ascension Day) is said to be the blood of Christ, brought back from the Holy Land in the 12th century, which is now contained within a rock crystal vial. Drag your eyes away from the blood and you’ll also see citizens of Bruges in carts, on foot and horseback, re-enacting stories from the Bible and the history of Bruges. [expatica]

The Battle of Waterloo – Each June, witness a massive re-enactment of the historic Battle of Waterloo exactly where it took place. The battle, between the French under Napoleon Bonaparte and the British under the Duke of Wellington, ended 23 years of war and was Napoleon’s last stand. Belgium will celebrate the 200th anniversary in 2015. [expatica]

Tomorrowland, Boom – In the summer, join the thousands of dance fanatics, DJs and electronic producers partying around 15 music stages, explosive butterflies, huge waterfalls, erupting volcanoes and giant glittering disco balls at Tomorrowland, the world’s largest electronic music festival. [expatica]

Zythos Beer Festival, Leuven – Head to one of the best beer festivals in Belgium in April: the Zythos Beer Festival in the country’s beer capital, Leuven. You can sample over 500 delicious beers using a specially designed 10cl tasting glass which you get to keep as a souvenir. [expatica]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – The bus is a convenient means of travel and the network covers a wide area not served by other forms of public transport. The bus routes in Belgium are handled by 3 different companies: De Lijn (in Dutch), TEC and STIB. []

Taxi – Taxis are primarily run by private companies but there are standard regulations for taxis. The companies can fix their own rates within the maximum rates prescribed by law. []

Train – Traveling by train in Belgium is a great way to get from city to city. Train travel is easy since it’s primarily a regional system that takes you from location to location in no time at all. []

Tram- metro – Tram and metro are the ideal means to get around in the city. They encounter little or no hindrance from other forms of traffic and bring you safely and quickly to numerous destinations in the city. []

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Belgian Entrepreneurs Mutual Help – This meetup is for all entrepreneurs (and futur ones) in Belgium. We think that entrepreneurs must help each other. That’s why we organize events to bring you together. [meetup]

Business Connect – P’tits Dej is the most important meal of the day, come and discover it for yourself! This group aims to address entrepreneurs, whose objective is to develop internationally. [meetup]

Independent Professionals in Benelux – Are you an Independent Professional living in the Benelux who wants to make more money in less time? Are you thinking of becoming an Independent Professional? Do you want to do more, achieve more, be more? [meetup]

Leuven Ladies – This is a group for young, professional women living in the Leuven area who want to connect with other women and make friends. This group is a way to bring us together for a variety of fun activities. [meetup]

MakeSense Brussels HotSpot – Welcome to our Brussels HotSpot! You will find our main events in Brussels on this newly created page. People of MakeSense follow the same #MISSION: solving the challenges of social entrepreneurs to accelerate their impact! [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

@seven International Community – Since 2003, the @seven International Community has been the favorite meeting place for international professionals in Brussels to enjoy their free time after work and to hold their corporate or social events. [meetup]

International & Expat Singles in Brussels – Belgians welcome – Welcome to the adventure of the single life! Brussels is a gorgeous city and full of wonderful people. It is however difficult to meet the right ones if one is working very hard and not getting out enough. [meetup]

Irish in Europe – The Irish in Europe Association (International) aisbl was established in Belgium in 2011 by Royal Decree. The main function is to help the world wide Irish Diaspora living and working in Europe and promote Irish culture. [meetup]

Lemon’s Life: The International Community – Are you new in town? Do you want to meet new people from a variety of backgrounds? Moving to a new city or building your social circle in the big city can seem like a daunting task. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

EGOW – English Speaking Gay Organization For Women – EGOW is a Brussels based non-political social group for LBTQ women of different nationalities, ages and backgrounds, to come together in a friendly atmosphere to meet and socialise. We organise all sorts of activities, ranging from laid-back Sunday afternoon brunches, to parties, regular bar nights at the Rainbow House, sport activities, cultural excursions and outdoor adventures. [meetup]

Leuven LGBTQ Meetup – Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, confused, curious,… EVERYONE is welcome (except assholes). Singles, couples,… All good! Age: 20-99 <br>Let’s just do fun stuff and meet new people. We can walk, talk, drink, eat, travel, play sports, go to concerts,. [meetup]



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