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Take in diverse architecture on a weekend break in Brussels
Chocolate and beer might be the two things that spring to mind when you think of Brussels, but there’s much more to the Belgian capital than those two treats! Brussels is the ultimate in cosmopolitan world cities thanks to its status as the ‘capital’ of the European Union. Culturally and architecturally, the city is about as diverse as they come, so there’ll be plenty to hold your attention on a weekend break.Read more...
General information on Brussels
You may well be unable to name any of Brussels’ key tourist attractions – but there are plenty to be found! The city is home to approximately one million people, is predominantly French speaking (although Dutch is also an official language) and has a charm and elegance that is missing from many other European capitals.
While in the past people primarily visited Brussels for business purposes, a growing number of people are now making the journey solely as tourists. As with most European capital cities, it’s not a cheap destination. But for those who are prepared to go off the beaten track to find restaurants that are more popular with locals than tourists, it’s still possible to avoid over-spending.
How to get from the airport
Brussels Airport (Zaventem National) is located some 14km from the city center. Regular trains travel direct from the airport’s train station to Brussels and take approximately 20 minutes. There are also buses which take approximately 40 minutes. Taxis offer a convenient option but are obviously more expensive.
Brussels has been a key hub for international politics since the end of the Second World War. The European Quarter in the east of the city provides the base for the European Commission and Council. Visitors wanting to make luxury purchases should head to the Sablon and Marolles districts, which are home to stores selling everything from fine chocolates to antiques and local art.
Fashionistas may want to visit the area around rue Antoine Dansaert, which attracts designers and fashion boutiques selling clothes and accessories. Meanwhile, many of the most popular tourist attractions are concentrated in Brussels-City, Ixelles, Saint-Gilles, Schaerbeek and Koekelberg.
What to see and do in Brussels
Other than buying fine chocolates and sampling Belgian beer, here are some of the top attractions in Brussels:
- The Grand Place – This 15th century town square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features medieval constructions, with key buildings including the Gothic town hall
- Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula – Dates back to the 11th century. Its façade was completed in the mid-15th century, following Gothic renovations in the 13th century
- The Manneken Pis - This fountain containing a sculpture of a urinating youth is a key tourist attraction
- The Atomium - A 103m-high structure designed in the shape of an iron crystal, with exhibition spaces housed inside many of its stainless steel-clad spheres
- Royal Museums of Fine Arts – One of the most famous museums in Belgium, housing over 20,000 drawings, sculptures and paintings dating back to the early 15th century
Famous events and festivals
There are events and festivals throughout the year in Belgium so it’s always worth checking to see what’s on while you’re visiting. Early May sees the arrival of Iris Day in Brussels, when the city comes together to enjoy a program of free concerts and activities in honor of its floral emblem. May is also the time when the EU institutions open their doors to the public for a day to celebrate Europe Day.
In July, Brussels holds its traditional Ommegang procession. This dates back to medieval times, when the people commemorated the arrival of Emperor Charles V to the city in 1549. For those who enjoy beer festivals, early September is the time to visit Brussels, as the city holds its Belgian Beer Weekend on the Grand Place. And towards the end of the year, it’s worth considering a pre-Christmas trip to the city to make the most of its festive markets.
Best time to go
Brussels is the ideal location for a short break at any time of year. However, be aware that rain is never far away in Belgium regardless of when you go, so ensure to pack a small umbrella and carry it with you at all times.
A trip to Brussels no matter if it is for business or for pleasure will never be pleasant enough, if the Brussels accommodation is not right. The city is visited by many travelers and there are plenty of hotels and hostels, however the best way to relax after a long day of sightseeing, shopping and enjoying the city is by booking one of the available Brussels apartments for rent. The holiday apartments in Brussels are suitable for single travelers, couples looking for a romantic getaway, families with kids heading for a long weekend, as well as business people. The Brussels apartments are studios, apartments with one and several bedrooms, suitable to accommodate from one person to a group of people. They are stylishly designed and equipped with pleasant and comfortable furniture items, including kitchen and dining zones arranged with various kitchen utensils, cozy lounge areas, lovely bathrooms and quiet bedrooms. Thanks to all the comforts it offers, this type of accommodation in Brussels is especially suitable for families with kids and for larger groups of friends, who want not only to stay together but also to share the rental price which becomes quite affordable. The apartments in Brussels are available for short-term rent and for longer stays. They could be easily booked online through a secure reservation system, which is simple to use. The Brussels apartments are centrally located, close to all important sites and landmarks of the city, surrounded by many good restaurants, cafes, night clubs and plenty of parks.