Belgium Warnings and Dangers

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Belgium Warnings and Dangers

  • Avoid at Night

    Brussels Warnings and Dangers

    It is always possible to write that nothing bad happens in Brussels. Brussels politicians were especially strong in telling people that everything is fine and when criminals shoot at police with an AK 47 automatic assault riffle it was only a "fait divers". But that talk is now over and out because: 1° elections are near and citizens are fed up...

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  • It gets crowded too many people

    Brugge Warnings and Dangers

    Bruges is among the safest cities in Belgium, but in crowded places you have to beware of pickpockets. Car-jacking incidents involving expensive cars are not unheard of. If you do not like crowds, you should try to avoid the summer months for your visit when the tourist invasion is at its high. In summer also the mosquitoes of the canals may bring...

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  • places better to avoid at night

    Antwerp Warnings and Dangers

    As with most cities in Europe the area around the central station is best avoided after dark. Especially beware for the streets around the infamous Conincksplein, as they tend to attract the more sketchy figures of our otherwise wonderful and vibrant city... Especially a lot of junks scavenge this area as they all tend to live around the day clinic...

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  • Pickpockets

    Brussels Warnings and Dangers

    The bobos (bourgeois bohemians) just love talking up Ixelles with its 'petites restaurations' and its 'maisons de maitre'. I think it's completely seedy and rundown, with an excessive rate of criminality. I went to a bookshop on Chemin d'Ixelles with my 2-year old daughter. She didn't want to ride back home, so I was forced to leave the bike locked...

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  • Eating too many Chocolates and Frites...

    Brugge Warnings and Dangers

    A very few Chocolate shops in Brugge DO NOT allow you to ' look around ' and will chuck you out into the street if you do go in without knowing what you want! Check the door signs before you look. The shopkeeper of the one below was particularily obnoxious about it. exlibris

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  • traffic related warnings

    Antwerp Warnings and Dangers

    If you come by car to Antwerpen be aware you will hit a road construction zone somewhere. More info: Present road construction at Antwerp Construction at the Antwerp highway exits and more

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  • Driving

    Brussels Warnings and Dangers

    This topic was quite helpful in identifying why I am still terrified and am phobic of crazy traffic. I lived between Bruxelles and Waterloo and traveled by car to the surrounding EU countries often for 5 years. Being a passenger, I was astonished to see so many daily accidents- buses/cars/motorcyclists/mopeds and people. There was never a day in...

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  • Beware of Canals & Cobblestones

    Brugge Warnings and Dangers

    Don't get me wrong. Brugge is lovely, but there are a few things that are a bit messed up. The sightseeing tours on a boat is one. I didn't think all of the boats look very safe. They are way too small considering how many people are in them and thinking about it, I'm not sure whether people were wearing life jackets. I was totally put off by them...

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  • meetings & parties

    Antwerp Warnings and Dangers

    Trappist Beers: While such beers are considered individualistic rather than similar, in response to the marketing of a “Trappist style” beer by an American brewer, five Belgian Monasteries and one Dutch formed the International Trappist Association to protect their products from becoming a commercial style. Their label “Authentic Trappist...

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  • Taxis

    Brussels Warnings and Dangers

    I noted this on my general transportation page, but I think it merits its own entry. If you leave anything in a taxi, you'll need to know the taxi number before the lost property office will even think of doing anything about it. It's not like other places, where ringing the cab company and describing the item will suffice. Therefore, if you can...

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  • A safe City you could fall in love with

    Brugge Warnings and Dangers

    About the only danger for a female will be gazing at all the gorgeous men and tripping on the cobblestone streets (no joke - I couldn't believe how hot the guys are in Belgium overall). Also a severe danger... eating Galler chocolates, oh and waffles!!! Sinful. The best, truly the best, waffles with powdered sugar I've ever had in my life. At...

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  • choices and priority decisions

    Antwerp Warnings and Dangers

    I did not find the people of Antwerp to be particularly warm or friendly. Perhaps it was because it was Christmas week, cold, damp, and somewhat crowded with tourists. Yet, most people did not go out of their way to talk or to be nice.

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  • police and security

    Antwerp Warnings and Dangers

    There are a few police offices who are open 24 houres a day. Quinten Matsijslei 50 2018 Antwerpen Tel: 03-206.80.11 Fax: 03-206.80.96 This is where the picture is taken. Actually it is a very nice building , great architecture. I hope you don't need the phonenumber and that you don't see it inside...but just in case. Lange Nieuwstraat...

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  • politics

    Antwerp Warnings and Dangers

    Since Antwerp is a harbour city and that a lot of different nationalities find shelter here, there are sometimes frictions between the locals and the immigrants, hence an enhanced sentiment of racism. This is of course not true of all Antwerp locals, of which some are even more actively implicated in the cause of immigrants than the immigrants...

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  • Don't Drink and Drive!

    One evening a friend and I went out for dinner and a few drinks. In the car on the way, he said, "Don't worry, I'm BOB." I didn't understand what he meant. His name wasn't Bob? He tried to explain what seemed to be the designated driver idea. I agreed he could be Bob--it was his car and I wasn't going to drive anyway. Later that evening the waiter...

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  • No Problem

    If you fall into trouble here then you must be looking for it. SAFE place. Any light hearted individual, not out to bother anyone else, can feel comfort in roaming Brussels and greater Belgium. Never heard a siren. What do I mean? Head out to Chicago, New York, LA, Rio, etc., you'll hear medical or law enforcement sirens screeching in the air....

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  • Spontaneous Guided Tours

    I encountered this in Belgium, it's a slightly different rouse from what they do in The Netherlands so it caught me off-guard at first.Basically, what people do (seems to be men for some reason but maybe women do it to male tourists, I don't know) is they approach someone who they think is a tourist and ask something in English to confirm they are...

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  • Northern Belgium in winter time

    Be aware that outside skating can be very dangerous on spots of tinny ice, especially when a lot of scating fanatics are in the same area.During my one day trip to Damme, a mother lost her child for about two hours, So keep an eye on them

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  • Belgium is overcrowded

    Belgium is overcrowded. Actually this area of Europe is one of the most densely populated on Earth. More than 100 million people live within a 300-km radius of Brussels. That translates in generally good facilities, but also in an absolute absence of pristine nature. There are indeed areas of great scenic beauty, but never the untouched landscapes...

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  • Do not Drink Tap Water

    This is a wise piece of advice to follow anywhere we go on holidays, especially for those with a delicate stomach, no matter how aseptic our destination is. In Belgium, more than advisable, drinking bottled water is a must. Of course, our authorities tell us that tap water here is perfectly safe for drinking and conforms to EU standards. I do...

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  • Belgian coast. Not suitable for...

    Belgium has a coastline of about 65 km of excellent sandy beaches. Before the democratisation of air travel, some of the 15 resorts that sprawl along the coast, including the city of Oostende, knew a period of long-gone glamour. Today, most of the coast looks hideously built up, with mostly blocks of little or no architectural interest. If you add...

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  • Car drivers

    Belgium has one of the worst drivers statistics amongst the 15 "old" EU member states and we used to fall asleep to the screech of car tyres :))) Every other car seems to have dents in its front doors and I don't know how many of my colleagues were involved in crashes or simply did not drive at all. In the 70s, there were no driving tests in the...

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  • Thalys trains thieving

    If you are going on the Thalys trains from Paris to either Amsterdam or Cologne, you will of course pass through Belgium so it applies to those of you going there too. Watch out if you sit in the last carriage as it is common for thieves to sneak on board at a station, grab some luggage and then hop off again before the train leaves. This happened...

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  • Multilingual

    When driving around on the highway in Belgium, you may be heading for Luik and at a certain moment, you will only see signs to Liege. ????Well, as Belgium is multilingual (French, Flemish and German) major cities have two or three different names depending on where you are. So when you are driving around and you pass one of those language...

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  • look out for the camera snatchers

    Well we probably ask for it with a fancy camera showing on the table, you can expect someone to try to steal it.......But we must tell you it was not a belgian who did it..... they are much better than their neighbours, it was a red nailed hand from Breda, Netherlands !

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  • Good shoes: for swimming, nah! WALKING

    ... during those VT meetings in Belgium.This is a serious warning. Be it for small or giga meetings in Belgium, they are likely to include city walks for Belgian cities being cities to walk in.So, I warn you. If you are to meet locals, bring walking shoes (no, not the stilletos). In winter, with raincoat very probably. In summer, walking sandals,...

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  • Thives

    Be vareful when you are in the train, some thives could rub you and go faster than you could ever reach when the train stops in one station for few seconds!I saw this before my eyes, when the thife run like crazy beside me with the bag od a lady, I didn't realize and understood that he was runing because he is a thife, it was too late!otherwise I'd...

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  • Churches, Pay to Enter

    It was the first time for me in Brussles to see such a thing, I'm not saying it is bad, but most of the churches and beautiful Cathedrals are free for enterance in France, in Brussles almost all of them are payable!

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  • Metro station called Alma!

    Well when I went to visit the hospital where I was suppose to be born: Clinique St.Luc Maternite,I followed the Metro station: Alma, where the clinique is placed!be really careful to be lost to get in the Metro there, it is not easy at all, the zone is underconstruction, and you have to make a big circle before getting to the otherside, and you can...

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  • Thives

    Be vareful when you are in the train, some thives could rub you and go faster than you could ever reach when the train stops in one station for few seconds!I saw this before my eyes, when the thife run like crazy beside me with the bag od a lady, I didn't realize and understood that he was runing because he is a thife, it was too late!otherwise I'd...

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  • Camera

    All the Camera's:Digital ones and normal ones, are really fragile to sun rays and light during the day!never aim your camera face to the sun, or you will have the effect of the dark photo, as it is showen here in this picture!

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  • Metro station called Alma!

    Well when I went to visit the hospital where I was suppose to be born: Clinique St.Luc Maternite,I followed the Metro station: Alma, where the clinique is placed!be really careful to be lost to get in the Metro there, it is not easy at all, the zone is underconstruction, and you have to make a big circle before getting to the otherside, and you can...

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  • Prices

    Prices of the food in the restaurants inside the railstation buildings are some times good, but most of the times really exaggerated, so please take knowledge if you are really counting your money and don't want to lose it for the same product in other place but really cheaper!

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  • Don't get locked in the attic......

    Be aware that if you are forced to sleep in the attic it can be dangerous........This picture shows there is no way to escape, since the hatch won't open because of the rainpipe in front of it.And if the hatch won't open, it will be pretty dark in there too ;-)

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  • Red Flag

    Wandering in the Eifel or Hohes Venn you will come accross colored flags. They indicate the danger of the region. Red means "high danger", don't leave beaten paths and do not enter woods and swampy land unless you have a tour guide. They are liften after heavy rain (floding) or after a drought (fire risk).

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  • What can I say ? Common sense is the...

    OK... some noticed that your car fitted to their criteria of the "ideal" car to steal... Too bad! You wouldn't escape it.Now, if they just intended to pick some auto-CD, MP3 or your bag and wallet, you can still minimize the risk. While parking your car, even "Before" parking, don't forget to hide all valuable items (at least, the listed ones...

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  • Belgian ladies can be terrifying

    Be aware how you treat a belgian lady. As Tom found out the hard way, they can be mean and cruel. Beating on your head with their umbrella.And what was Tom doing? He just forgot to say Thank You........Well here it is again: THANK YOU Dannie for showing us so much of your country during our visits!!

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  • Walk off the excellent food

    You'd better take walks or you'll find your body larger when you leave :-) Belgium has a great combination of many types of food. And of course you can get famous Belgian waffles, Belgian Chocolate, Belgian Beer, French style foods..... and many more. SO... take nice walks around the beautiful towns and into the countryside. You'll love the walking...

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  • The traffic

    It's just terrible... the traffic in Belgium and everything that has got something to do about it.We drive awful... really.You'll see.And we have super high speedingtickets (and parkingtickets and...).

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  • (DON'T) Drink and drive

    One who hits Belgium with an intent of tasting beer, or at least, spend times in cafés and pubs like locals do, would face the problem of drinking.Personnally, I think that one who savours, sips the beverage would not face much troubles provided you ate something before drinking.As a beer specialist, the one I spoke to couldn't help but agree. Her...

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  • 2003 heatwave

    Summer 2003 is really hot, sticky hot with this heatwave devastating Europe.While visiting Belgium, now is the time locals, who use to nag about Belgian rainy weather, would pray for some rain.My advices: bring some bottle of water while walking through the city. In addition, don't go under the sun if you are too sensitive unless you have your...

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  • Watch Your Credit Cards

    I have only twice had my Credit Card details "skimmed" - both times during trips to Belgium. This probably occurred at restaurants or garages, but since then I am always careful to watch my cards every move.Most cases of counterfeit fraud involve skimming, a process where the genuine data on a card's magnetic stripe is electronically copied onto...

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  • Water

    Even though I worked with environmental issues in Brussels, I never heard that drinking the water would be dangerous BUT it doesn't taste nice as it has been cleaned up and you understand why when you hear that Belgium has been dragged to court for releasing sewage water untreated into nature. The latest UNESCO rating of the World's drinking water...

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  • Kidnapped 3

    1,300 children disappeared in the Brussels region between 1991 and 1996. According to government official Mr De Baets, what happened after several of these disappearances was that Marc Dutroux paid large sums of money into various bank accounts

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  • KIDNAPPED 2

    "How's your beer?" "Fine. Who is Alain Van der Biest?" "Belgian artist?" "After Dutroux's arrest in 1996, arrests were made in the Cool's case." "So, who got arrested?" "One of those arrested was Alain Van der Biest, a Socialist Minister, alleged to have close links with the mafia gangs of Liege." "How's your beer?" "Who is Guy Mathot?" "That's a...

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