Don’t Go During Peak Season
The busiest time of year in Belgium is from July to August. Tourism is at its peak and the weather is flawless. Most days are in the low 70s so it is dream weather for exploring. However, you will definitely pay a premium for that ideal summer weather.
I would actually say that the shoulder season is the best time to go to Belgium—especially when considering the budget.
Spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) have lovely weather and fewer crowds. If you are going into the countryside, September to October is an incredible time as the trees turn into a mosaic of colors.
Winter is pretty darn cold with average temperatures in the mid-30s and overnight lows dipping well below freezing. But…the Christmas markets make enduring the cold worth it! Bruges and Ghent are truly magical during December.
Go On a Free Walking Tour
Regardless of my budget for any trip, I love free walking tours!
They are run by locals who know the area inside out—which is a great way to find hidden gems! You will often find history students working part-time as guides. They know both the history and the local scene so their knowledge is truly priceless.
Best of all, these tours operate off of tips so guides tend to give it 100%. If you have a great experience, tip what you think is fair…and you might even make a new friend!