Belgium exemplifies the best that Europe has to offer - all conveniently wrapped up in an area that could easily fit within the Southern Ontario peninsula. Within the span of one day you can take a romantic cruise down a canal in Bruges, hunt for diamonds in Antwerp, enjoy waffles on the beach in Oostende, frolic in a festival in Binche, get lost in a castle in Namur, discover antiques at an outdoor market in Liege and explore a fine art museum in Brussels. A dense train network connects all of Belgium and makes navigation simple and comfortable for travellers.

Belgium shares its borders with France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands and has a total land area of only 30,528 square kilometres. Often called the Essence of Europe, Belgium is both multicultural and multilingual, with three official languages and a fourth, English, that is spoken quite fluently by many of the locals. The northern region features flat lands, criss-crossed by canals and full of medieval art cities. In the south are the rolling hills of the Ardennes and countless castles.

The climate is classified as maritime temperate, with significant precipitation in all seasons. In the coastal region, the climate is mild and humid, but there are marked temperature changes farther inland. In the high southeasterly districts, hot summers alternate with very cold winters. Except in the highlands, rainfall is seldom heavy. The average temperature is lowest in January at 3°C and highest in July at 18°C.

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