Hypnotising panoramas, enthralling cityscapes, and top-notch outdoor activities are everything that our Scenic Drives guarantee in Belgium. All types of motorists will find something of interest in our selection of scenic tours. The diversity of options will surprise even the most demanding road trip fans. Each Scenic Drive is all about unique landmarks as well as cultural and historical insight. Make your choice and hit the road for an unforgettable journey in Belgium !
A must-see highlight is of course Brussels. In the city, you'll find the most important UE institutions and country’s most interesting landmarks, including the Grand Palace surrounded by 18th-century tenement houses, beautiful plazas, old religious edifices, and the city's symbol - the statue of Manneken Pis. While planning your visit in the city centre, it's worth taking into consideration the fact that it's a pedestrian zone so the only available options are a bicycle tour or a simple stroll.
Your trip schedule should also include Antwerp, which is an extremely important road node. There are a number motorways running through the city (A1, A12, A13, A14). Additionally, it can boast a six-lane ring road. Among tourists, the most popular highlight is of course the city centre, especially Grote Markt and Meir, the main shopping street with restricted car traffic.
The fans of medieval buildings will find their paradise in Bruges, a city also known as the Flemish Venice. The nickname comes from the dense system of canals running through its historic quarter. Sightseeing around the centre is only possible on foot. It won't come as an obstacle for motorists because you can leave the vehicle at one of the suburban car parks.
While exploring Belgium, you can't really miss one of the country's oldest cities, Leuven, located on the River Dyle. The place is famous mostly for a long tradition of beer brewing started in the 18th century. Of course, the largest number of landmarks can be found in the very centre, but the traffic is restricted to a great extent there. The best option is leaving your vehicle on the car park situated by the ring road.
Halfway between Brussels and Antwerp, you'll come across Mechelen, whose most important highlight is St Rumbold's Cathedral. Its characteristic element is a 100-metre-tall tower with an observation deck allowing you to admire a breathtaking view. The town can also boast a number of interesting museums, scenic parks, and magnificent palaces. It can be found in a traffic restricted zone so it's possible to sightsee around the town only from a pedestrian's perspective.
While in the north-western part of Belgium, you should definitely visit Ghent, which, although this may not be apparent, is among the most eagerly visited towns in the country. This place is extremely interesting in the summer season, especially at the end of July when Gentse Feesten Festival is organised. The town can be found at the junction of two main motorways (E11, E40) and will provide you with plenty of parking opportunities.
In Belgium, you'll find a plethora of car rental companies, starting with small ones and finishing with the most prestigious ones that are known all around Europe. The vehicle can be rented even for a daily rate of several Euros. What's most important, the price usually includes all the necessary insurance types and taxes. The biggest number of car rental spots can be found at airports and near railway stations and hotels.
The minimum age required to drive a rental vehicle is 21 and the minimum driving experience amounts to 2 years. It's also worth taking into consideration that individuals younger than 25 have to pay the so-called "inexperienced driver" fee.
Belgium, just like most European countries, follows right-hand traffic so less experienced motorists can breathe a sigh of relief. An additional advantage is the fact that streets are well-lighted and provide you with road signs that are easy to follow. The only place where you must pay a toll is Liefkenshoek Tunnel running under the River Scheldt.
Each vehicle driving around Belgium should have appropriate equipment. Obligatory pieces include a warning triangle and a reflective vest necessary in case you have to leave the vehicle on expressways or in rural areas. What's more, it's also worth carrying a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit, even though these elements aren't mandatory.
Tickets should be paid on the spot. Otherwise, the motorist will have to incur additional costs connected, for example, with the need to leave the car in a police parking lot. It's also worth carrying some additional cash as other payment forms won't be accepted.
Owing to a well-developed road infrastructure, travelling from point A to point B is a piece of cake. The situation changes slightly when you enter city centres where you can often encounter traffic restrictions. Even if you manage to enter a city centre with your vehicle, you need to be very cautious. Narrow winding streets that are overflowing with tourists greatly inhibit your driving experience. It is also worth considering the fact that infrastructure in city centres is mostly adjusted to the needs of single-track vehicles, and that's why bicycle users should be treated with priority here.
In Belgium, great emphasis is placed on the safety of the youngest passengers. Children who are younger than 3 should be placed in child seats possessing appropriate safety certificates. In case of older children, it's important that the restraining devices are adjusted to their weight and height. Note! Toddlers can travel on the front seat but the air bag must be deactivated.
The limit of blood alcohol level in Belgium is 0.05% and penalties for exceeding this amount are varied. The worst case scenario is a very high penalty payment or even a driving ban for a defined period of time.
Despite the fact that Belgian roads encourage you to drive fast, there exist a number of speed limits to be observed. They range from 20 to 120 km/h. The lowest speed limit characterises residential areas, whereas the highest has to be observed on motorways. In urban areas, you mustn't exceed the speed of 50 km/h, whereas on expressways, you mustn't drive faster than 90 km/h. The limit of 70 km/h applies to some of the roads that are located in the rural areas.