Welcome to Belgium, Wisconsin, “Home of Luxembourgers” and the LACS
The small village of Belgium, Wisconsin is an idyllic community founded by Luxembourgish immigrants in the 1800s, and now home to a population of more than 2300.
Why the name “Belgium?” The first immigrants who came to this area were Luxembourgish in culture and language, but technically Belgian citizens. In Europe, the Treaty of London shifted the Luxembourg border in 1839 and suddenly Luxembourg citizens were Belgians. Just a few years later in 1846, a group immigrated to Wisconsin and decided to settle. There already was a town named “Luxemburg” in Wisconsin, so they decided on the name “Belgium” for their new town.
When you visit, you’ll notice the Luxembourgish pride and heritage evident throughout the community. Belgium is home to the Luxembourg American Cultural Society, the Luxembourg Cafe, the New Luxembourg residential development, and a number of businesses owned by men and women of Luxembourgish descent. In summer, you will notice Luxembourgish flags waving proudly as you proceed down Belgium’s Main Street, and can even take a stroll down Luxembourg Brotherhood Boulevard. Even the Village of Belgium logo boasts the colors of the Luxembourgish flag.
While here, we encourage you to make the most of your time. Take in the fresh air on the mile of Lake Michigan shoreline at Harrington Beach State Park. Let the kids play in the Splash Pad at Village Square. Peruse the exhibits at the LACS! Below are a few resources to explore to help you make the most of your trip to the Luxembourg American Cultural Society and the surrounding area.
Belgium, Wisconsin is conveniently located on the Hwy 43 corridor. It is just 30 minutes north of Milwaukee and a little more than an hour south of Green Bay.
Click below to view Belgium on a map.