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When Brussels becomes "Bruxelles" or "Brussel"

When Brussels becomes "Bruxelles" or "Brussel"

If you often take the motorway to the north of the country, maybe you have already got lost because you did not recognise the strange names on the panels? Despite its small size, Belgium has three official languages: French, Dutch and German. And each town has its own name in all three languages.

To help you when travelling, here is a French-Dutch (and English!) guide to the country's main towns. 

French

Dutch

Anvers 

Antwerpen 

Bruges 

Brugge

Gand 

 Gent

Louvain 

 Leuven

Ostende

Oostende 

Bruxelles

Brussel

 Arlon

 Arlen 

Liège

 Luik 

Mons 

Bergen 

Namur

 Namen 

Wavre

Waver

 Even if the towns of Aix-la-Chapelle, Lille and Paris are outside Belgium, you will still need to know how to get to them. Be warned therefore that Aix-la-Chapelle" is "Aachen" in German, that "Lille" becomes "Rijsel" in Dutch and that "Paris" can be known as "Parijs".

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