By vehicle to Belgium

By vehicle to Belgium

Three countries belong to the BeNeLux countries and since we have already traveled to Luxembourg and the Netherlands in the series“By vehicle to…“, we travel today with you and for you by vehicle to Belgium.

The Roman province of Gallia Belgica was the inspiration for the naming of the country now known as the Kingdom of Belgium, which extends west of our beautiful Saxony (as the crow flies about 620 km from the even more beautiful Doebeln). The official languages Dutch, French and German help you and for practice we have again researched the motto of the Kingdom of Belgium.

  • Eendracht maakt macht (Dutch)
  • L’union fait la force (French)
  • Einigkeit macht stark (german)

Facts for the know-it-all 😉

Scenically, on a trip by car to Belgium, you will find a dune belt up to 50 meters high on the coast, which is followed by a 10-20 km wide strip of Marshland.

Further inland is the so-called river basin. Here, the sediments of the alluvial fan of the Meuse were covered with thick sand during the last ice age. On slightly hilly terrain, fields and meadows alternate with forest and heath, sometimes even raised bogs occur. West of the Antwerp-Brussels line lies the vast Flemish plain. It is also covered with sand in the north and clay in the south, which is better suited for agricultural production. The plain here is dominated by loose tertiary hills. In the west, the plain has been adapted to the stratified plain of northern France, which consists mainly of Mesozoic sediments.

The valleys of the Sambre and Meuse form a sharp border in the tectonic fault zone and separate the Tertiary and Cretaceous plateaus in the northwest from the Ardennes plateau, which is part of the Rhine slate mountains in the southeast. The densely wooded Ardennes consist of Paleozoic slate, sandstone, limestone and quartzite with different resistances. In Belgium, you can reach a height of 694 meters with Botrange in the High Fens.

road between residential buildings in town - by vehicle to Belgium
Road between residential buildings in the city – by vehicle to Belgium
Photo by Olga Lioncat on

Traffic rules in Belgium

Let’s start again with the maximum speeds that you are allowed to drive with your vehicle in Belgium.

CarCar with trailercamperMotorcycle
within localities50 km/h50 km/h50 km/h50 km/h
outside of localities70 – 120 km/h70 – 120 km/h70 – 120 km/h70 – 120 km/h
motorway120 km/h120 km/h90 – 120 km/h120 km/h
Maximum speeds for train journeys in Belgium

Parking by vehicle in Belgium

Yellow markings on the roadside indicate a parking ban.

The parking lot is indicated by a sign with a P. The parking time of the blue short-term parking zone is displayed at the beginning of the corresponding zone. In the free parking lot, a parking disc is required from 9:00 to 18:00 (even on Saturdays).

Parking tickets can be purchased at the vending machine, electronically by mobile phone and SMS or via any parking telephone – for the use of electronic parking tickets, completely different regulations sometimes apply.

It is forbidden to park in front of the entrance, within 5 m from the beginning and end of the bike path and within 15 m from the bus or tram stop; in addition, when parking on the sidewalk, a strip of at least 1.5 m width must be left.

The other traffic rules are comparable to those in Germany. The permille limit for drivers in Belgium is 0.5, we recommend 0.0 per thousand!

Postcard from Belgium – we are happy!

If you travel to Belgium with your vehicle, we look forward to a postcard from you. Every postcard that reaches us, we show on Facebook and Instagram.

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