National Geographic Institute of Belgium

The NGI manages the topo-geographical inventory of Belgium and produces topographic and tourist maps.

Topographic maps

Topo 20000

Map series at scale 1:20 000

This map series correspond in content and accuracy to the series at scale 1:10 000.

Each map covers an area of 160 km². These series are therefore extremely useful for didactic purposes and are also very popular with walkers, cyclists, youth organizations and so on.

These maps are created digitally. Each sheet is 80 cm wide and 50 cm high. Most maps also have a UTM grid.

Urban area

Forest and hilly area

Coastal area

Topo 50000

Map series at scale 1:50 000

The map series at scale 1:50 000 is derived by generalization from the large-scale series such as the 1:10 000 and the older 1:25 000 series. It is therefore a little less detailed and less accurate than these series.

The 1:50 000 map series is used by Defence as topographic map. As an outstanding military map it meets high requirements in terms of quality (complete, correct) and accuracy. It gives a clear overview of the territory. Each sheet of 64 cm wide and 40 cm high covers an area of 640 km².

The first digital edition of the 1:50 000 maps is available for the whole of Belgium since the end of 2001. The second edition was realized between 2002 and 2008.

Pen computers were used for the update, so that the data can be edited directly in the field.

Since 2009, the NGI is working on a third edition. The reference data 1:10 000 and pen computers were also used for this new edition.

Urban area

Forest and hilly area

Coastal area

Topo 50 indeling

Topo 100000

Map series at scale 1:100 000

The new topographic 1:100 000 series consists of 9 sheets. Each Belgian province has its own map, except the provinces of Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant along with the Brussels Capital Region which appear as a whole on one sheet.

The maps have been completely renewed, including the layout, which has been modernized completely. This makes the map very readable.

Residential areas and land use are shown in zones, the relief is represented by using shadowing and the maps contain GPS coordinates.

These provincial maps are especially useful as regional overview map; drivers and motorcyclists who like to see detailed topographic information on their route maps, can conveniently use these.

Urban area

Forest and hilly area

Coastal area

Topo 100 indeling

Topo 250000

Maps at scale 1:250 000

The map at scale 1:250 000 shows, despite its small scale, a detailed representation of the country's geography and topography. This generalized map of Belgium presents mainly the roads (road, rail), hydrography, residential areas, land use and landscape elements of Belgium. It exists both in folded form (printed on both sides) and in unfolded form (two sheets).

Edition 2013
This map also has an index of the Belgian towns and villages, which can easily be found on the map. The whole (folded map + index) is sold in a plastic sleeve.

Low-air Low Air pict
This map of Belgium contains information about aviation and is annually adjusted. The aeronautical data are embossed on the NGI map at scale 1:250 000.

The map is available in the following formats:

  • Two separate flat maps (North and South)
  • 1 folded map (printed on both sides)


Urban area

Forest and hilly area

Extract Low-Air

Toeristische kaarten

Tourist maps

The National Geographic Institute publishes some tourist maps, in collaboration with local authorities, tourist offices and other associations. These maps are designed based on the topographic maps and therefore they have the same precision. Tourist information (walking path, cycling routes, etc.) has however been added.

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