Guidebook Updates for Belgium

When we learn of important changes to the information in our guidebooks on Belgium, we post them here. (Of course, it’s still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you’re set for a great trip!

Antwerp

For books printed before March 2015, the following may apply:

Bruges

For books printed before March 2015, the following may apply:

  • The Church of Our Lady is undergoing a major, years-long renovation, during which different parts of the interior will be closed to visitors.
  • The Lace Center is now located across from the Folklore Museum, at Balstraat 16.

For books printed before August 2014, the following may apply:

  • We’re sad to report the death of our friend and local guide Christian Scharlé. His wife Daniëlle Janssens continues to offer tours of Bruges.
  • Hotel B (also formerly Hotel Nicolas) is now called Hotel Marcel; its new email address is info@hotelmarcel.be (its phone number remains the same).
  • Royal Stewart B&B has reopened under new ownership as Hamiltons B&B, with two luxury suites (D/Db-€110, this price valid when you book direct and mention Rick Steves, cash preferred, mobile 0479-445-134, nicola@hamiltons.be).
  • Hotel Imperial has been renamed Hotel Blabla — really (info@hotelblabla.com; phone number remains the same).
  • The Laurenzino gelato shop has been renamed “Oyya,” with the same management and same lineup of deliciousness.

Brussels

For books printed before March 2015, the following may apply:

  • The Royal Museum for Central Africa is closed for renovation until mid-2017.
  • Bruegel Hostel is incorrectly placed on the map on page 511 of the ninth edition of Rick Steves Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels. It is located directly behind the Chapelle church, at Rue du Saint-Esprit 2.

Ghent

For books printed before March 2015, the following may apply:

  • B&B King has closed.
  • The restaurant Bij den Wijzen en den Zot has closed.