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

  • The new DIVA diamond museum is now open to the public (€10, Thursday–Tuesday 11:00–17:30, closed Wednesday, located behind the City Hall at Suikerrui 17).
  • ModeMuseum and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts are both closed for renovation until 2020.
  • The #7 tram line now goes all the way from the city center to the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS).
  • Hungry Henrietta restaurant has closed.

Bruges

For books printed before June 2018, the following may apply:

  • It is faster and more direct to take a train from Ghent to Flanders Fields (Ypres/Ieper) than from Bruges.
  • The Beguine's House museum is no longer open on Sundays.
  • Hamiltons B&B has closed.
  • Absoluut Verhulst B&B has closed.
  • Hotel Cavalier has closed.
  • 't Opkikkertje bar has closed.

For books printed before May 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Walwyck Hotel is closed indefinitely for renovations.

For books printed before March 2015, the following may also 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.

Brussels

For books printed before May 2017, the following may apply:

  • Maison Noble and Lit de Senne B&B have closed.
  • The Museum of Letters and Manuscripts has closed.
  • The Parlamentarium's Info Point Visitors Center has closed.
  • A one-way ticket on the Eurostar train between Brussels and London now runs about $225 for standard fare, $130 for "standard premier" fare, and about $380 for "business premier" fare.

Ghent

  • The exterior panels of the Ghent Altarpiece are closed 12:00–13:00 Monday–Saturday, offering visitors a better look at the recently restored exterior panels.
  • Avalon restaurant has closed.

For books printed before May 2017, the following may apply:

  • Brooderie B&B is no longer renting rooms (but the café is still open).
  • Guided history tours now depart daily in season from the tourist information office at 14:00 (not 14:30).
  • Ghent City Museum (Stadsmuseum Gent, a.k.a. STAM) and House of Alijn are now open Mon–Tue and Thu–Fri 9:00–17:00, Sat–Sun 10:00–18:00 (closed Wed).
  • Ghent Design Museum is now open Mon–Tue and Thu–Fri 9:30–17:30, Sat–Sun 10:00–18:00 (closed Wed).
  • Stedelijk Contemporary Art Museum (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, a.k.a. SMAK) and Fine Arts Museum (Museum voor Schone Kunsten) are now open Tue–Fri 9:30–17:30, Sat–Sun 10:00-18:00 (closed Mon).
  • 'T Stropke brasserie has closed.
  • The Gentse Gruut brewpub has moved away from the Walpoortstraat area (to Rembert Dodoensdreef).