Set in the heart of Europe, Belgium is known for incredible architecture, scenic old towns, and of course, Belgian waffles! 

Belgium is a relaxing and calm country. If relaxation and friendliness is what grabs your attention, you should try Belgium!

A country full of rich history and culture, a working holiday abroad in Belgium can be a memorable trip.

Let’s look at some interesting facts about Belgium:

  • Belgium does not have it’s own language
  • The big bang theory originated in Belgium
  • The three official spoken languages are German, French and Dutch
  • Belgians love to party
  • Belgians are crazy about football
  • There are over 400 different types of beer brewed in Belgium

Whilst you are away in Belgium on your working holiday, make the most of your visa and explore some of our favourite things do to!

Have a waffle (or two)

Did you know that Belgian waffles originated in Belgium? In 1962, Walter Cleyman introduced the delightful dessert to North America. They were a hit!

In comparison to American waffles, Belgian waffles are a variety of waffle with a lighter batter, larger squares, and deeper pockets! The deeper pockets hold the toppings well.

From sweet to even savoury, why not try gooey hazelnut chocolate with banana? Or, perhaps a fried egg and some Bacon, dosed in maple syrup!

Maple syrup originates in Canada, and you can read all about it here.

Learn to play the sax

Working and travelling abroad is a great way to financially support yourself, and explore a new city! With a workers permit, it is likely that you will have a job.

If you are looking for a way to unwind between work, why not try your hand at the saxophone? Interestingly enough, the sax was first created by Adolphe Sax in the 1840’s, in Belgium!

Admittedly, learning to play a new instrument can be daunting, but learning to play the saxophone in it’s birth place may feel inspiring!

Sample authentic Belgian chocolate

Calling all chocolate lovers! If you are a lover of chocolate, you should try Belgian. Without a doubt, Belgian chocolate has plenty of brands that you can choose from.

In short, Belgian chocolate’s classic taste is derived from the unique African cacao companies. West African cacao, the type Belgian chocolatiers use, is world famous for having a classic cocoa taste.

A box of Belgian chocolates can make a nice gift for your friends and family when you return home!

A bar crawl

Undoubtedly, beer is thoroughly enjoyed in Belgium! With this in mind, there are over 400 different brews to try! It should also be noted that in the city centre, you can find many bars and clubs.

It is good to know that each beer has it’s own specific drinking glass. Indeed, they make for cute souvenirs, but the actual purpose is to enhance the overall experience of the beer! Each unique shape and and height of the glasses are designed to bring out the best of the flavours in the beer. Furthermore, you can set yourself the challenge of seeing how many glasses you can drink out of on your working holiday!


Belgium is home to lots of history and exciting attributes to society today. If you are interested in culture, why not visit some of the Museums?

The Museums consist of art, history, musical instruments and more. Overall, there are many places to explore and to learn from.

To find out more about a working holiday in Belgium, and the type of work permit available, visit us here.