Belgium on the right track in Euro 2016

After a sad start on Euro 2016 with a loss against Italy Belgium is now back on track and they have been incredibly lucky with everything. In their first match in the knockout stage they will play against Hungary, maybe the biggest surprise in the entire tournament, who won their group in front of Iceland, Portugal and Austria.

Most people will say that Belgium is very lucky to play against Portugal in their upcoming match. Before Euro 2016 most people said that Hungary was among the worst teams in the entire tournament, and on the paper that might be true, but so far in the tournament they have played some fantastic football and their last group stage match against Portugal was probably the funniest match to watch so far during the entire tournament and it was the match with most goals so far (it ended 3-3).

The match against Hungary will be played on June 26th at 21.00 and there is little doubt about the fact that Belgium are big favorites in front of the match. But, can Lukaku, de Bruyne and Hazard impress and play fantastic football when it is more important than ever? Or can Hungary surprise once again?

If you want to watch the match between Belgium and Hungary online then you can follow the instructions in this article to find out how it is done. The article will tell you how to watch the match on UK and German TV. To watch the match on Hungarian TV this article will tell you how it is done (in Hungarian).

We will of course cheer for Belgium in this match, but let us hope more than anything that there will be loads of goals, a fantastic match, a great atmosphere and that it will be a match to remember for a long time!

And great news for the winning team, because they will play against the winner of the Wales vs Northern Ireland match in the quarter final. Some people will call this an easy road to Paris and the Euro 2016 final, but time will show if it is as easy as some might say.

Salon du Chocolat 2015

The Salon du Chocolat will take place again this year in Belgium, in Brussels in the beginning of February in 2015. This will be the second year Brussels gives home to this special event again.

Salon du Chocolat
The Salon du Chocolat is the largest and most known event dedicated to chocolate in the whole world. The Salon du Chocolat takes place every year in several cities such as Paris, Tokyo, Moscow, New York, London, Zürich, Beijing, Shanghai and so on. At the 3 days long festival visitors will have the chance to discover and taste a wide range of various chocolate. The Salon du Chocolat is one of the most visited events in the life of the city which attracted last year over 30.000 people from all over the country. It is a perfect program for everyone from big families through small families to friends.

During the 3 day long event visitors can explore the different tastes and forms of chocolate along side with countless programs and activities such as conferences, workshops, children’s, festive and educational activities as well. One of the highlights of the Salon du Chocolat will be the famous Chocolate Fashion Show with various outfits made out of chocolate. This year the second Salon du Chocolat will be held from 6th February 2015 to 8th February 2015 in the heart of Brussels at Brussels Expo.

Ticket for adults, students and seniors is € 8.50, ticket for children from 3 to 12 years is € 5 and it is free for under 3 years olds.

Brussels Expo
Place de Belgique 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium

For more information on the Salon du Chocolat chcek the official site.

Top events in Brussels in 2015

What are the best events in Brussels in 2015? In this short article we will introduce you to the best programs in Brussels.
Brussels 2015
Brussels is the capital city of Belgium and it is among the most exciting and colourful cities in Europe. Through the whole year multiple programs and activities are waiting for the visitors from the various concerts, festivals to the most interesting exhibitions. So in this article we will list some of the highlights of the city in 2015.

One of the most awaited festivals in Brussels is the ‘Brussels Film Festival’ which will take place some time in April 2015, the dates of the festival are not confirmed yet. At the festival you can check the best movies and there will be countless programs related to film and movie making as well.

Another popular festival in the city is the ‘Art Brussels’ where you can check the most beautiful contemporary art. The ‘Art Brussels’ presents the most talented European artists to the visitors and shows over 125 galleries from over 20 countries. The festival will be held from 25th April to 27th May in 2015.

If you like jazz music then the ‘Brussels Jazz Marathon’ is the perfect program choice for you. The ‘Brussels Jazz Marathon’ takes place at various venues in the city from cafe houses through clubs to hotels and at the marathon over 4000 musicians will perform. The ‘Brussels Jazz Marathon’ will be held some time in May 2015.

Probably the most awaited event in the city is the ‘Belgian Beer Weekend’ where over 50 breweries from all over the world will be presented. This is the biggest beer event in Brussels and at the festival you can also try the best Belgian beers. The ‘Belgian Beer Weekend’ will take place some time in September this year there are no exact dates announced yet.

Each year some time in the end of November the Christmas markets appear in the city. The Christmas markets are the perfect place to do some pre-Christmas shopping, try the best mulled wines and dishes and to get into the holiday spirit as well. The Christmas markets usually open from the end of November until the end of December.

Apart from the markets and the various festivals in the city Brussels hosts some of the best concerts in 2015. In this year visitor can enjoy the performances of the most famous artists of the world such as Hozier, Interpol, Nicki Minaj, One Direction and so on.

If you want to know more on the various programs and activities in Brussels read on here in our Brussels Guide!

Strike stops air-traffic in Belgium

Air traffic in Belgium stopsAccording to the website of Brussels Airport a national strike will start at 10.00 Sunday on December 14th and it will for sure last until 10.00 on December 15th, Monday. This is part of a strike amongst the Belgocontrol, Belgian Air Traffic Control, which will cause all air traffic in Belgium to stop, meaning that no flights will land in any of the airports in Belgium and no flights will depart.

You are therefore kindly asked to contact your airline if you are supposed to depart from Brussels or any other airport in Belgium in this period to find out what to do, and most airports kindly ask you not to travel to the airport, because they will not be able to help you any further there.

Be aware of the fact that there are not always the same messages written about the strike online, because on the website of Brussels Airport they claim that the strike starts at 10.00 on December 14th and will last until 10.00 on December 15th, while Charleroi Airport claims that the strike will only cause problems on December 15th.

Make sure to contact your airline in case you are affected!

December 14th, 14:45 update

Based on timetables on the Internet sites of both Brussels Airport and Charleroi it seems as if all flights departing and arriving before midnight on December 14th will operate as normal, but all flight traffic on December 15th will be cancelled. In other words, the flights on December 14th will go as normal, and not as written by Brussels Airport earlier that all flights from 10.00 on December 14th will be cancelled, but only flights arriving or departing on December 15th will be cancelled!

Royal Castle open to visitors until September 7th

Every summer the Royal Castle is opened to visitors, and it has been the same way in 2014. But, the time is running out for those who have not visited the Royal Castle so far this summer, because it is only possible until September 7th.

So, if you want to visit the Royal Castle in Brussels, make sure to hurry up and visit it before the 7th.

Royal Castle

It is possible to visit the castle every day, except on Mondays. It is open from 10.30-16.30.