General information for our visitors.

Person's residence in EU-countries: can enter with a passport or picture-ID.
Person's residence not in EU-countries: can enter with a valid passport. For more information contact your local embassy.

Currency in Belgium is the Euro(€). Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, and at borders and airports. Hotels, car rentals, gas stations and bigger businesses take major international credit cards (ex. Visa).

Prices can change between fuelstations. These prices are only target prices.
Diesel: 1,439 (27 sept. 2012)
Euro 95: 1,629 (27 sept. 2012)
Euro 98: 1,769 (27 sept. 2012)

To use the Belgian highway you don't need a vignette. You drive on the right handside of the road. Overtaking at the right-handside is forbidden. The driver as well as all the passengers have to wear the seatbelt at all times. The legal blood alcohol level is 0.5 Promille.
The speedlimit on the highway is 120, on countryroads usually 70 en inside the citylimits you can only do 50 km/h.

Hotels and guesthouses
Tourisme Diest -
Stad Lummen -
Stad Aarschot -
Gemeente Bekkevoort -
Stad Beringen -
Hotel bookings

Stille Kempen -
De vijvers

Belgium has several airports which can be used to get to Diest. Please contact your local travel agency to select the best airport.
Zaventem National Airport (53 Km. / 33 Miles)
Antwerp Regional Airport (68 Km. / 42 Miles)
Li├Ęge Regional Airport (76 Km. / 48 Miles)
Charleroi Regional Airport (115 Km. / 72 Miles)

In Belgian restaurants you may not smoke. Prices are always VAT and service included. You can tip the waiter at your own discretion when the food and service were excellent.
Reservation is recommended but is not obligated. In most of the restaurants, dogs are not welcome.
Waiters in most restaurants speak English and/or French.

Public transport
You can find all the information you need about train transport in Belgium on the SNCB website. This includes information on timetables, domestic connections and international rail links. You can also buy your train tickets online at this website.
The bus is a convenient means of travel and the network covers a wide area not served by other forms of public transport. The bus routes in Belgium are handled by 3 different companies: De Lijn (in Dutch), TEC and STIB.
De Lijn is responsible for the Flanders network, while TEC handles bus travel in Wallonia. The STIB buses cover the Brussels metropolitan area.
Diest is in Flanders.
Tram and metro are the ideal means to get around in the city. They encounter little or no hindrance from other forms of traffic and bring you safely and quickly to numerous destinations in the city. You can travel by tram in the cities of Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Charleroi. You can travel along the entire coast by taking the coast tram. The metro is currently only available in Brussels. The metro forms part of the STIB network together with the bus and tram services of the Brussels metropolitan area.

Emergency numbers

112 101 070/245 245 070/344 344