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Brussels

Known for Skyscrapers, Museums and Tours

A cosmopolitan blend of culture, architecture and fine food mixes with royal tradition in the Belgian capital.

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Belgium is known as a producer of some of the finest chocolate, beer and dairy products in Europe. Its capital, Brussels, is rapidly becoming a culinary destination. The capital is the largest metropolitan region in Belgium, and its proximity to Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt means it has a truly cosmopolitan feel. Brussels is home to a large population of immigrants who create an eclectic mix of cultures. The locals speak a mix of French and Dutch so street names, signs and information centers feature both languages.

While the city is large, it remains manageable. Many attractions can be reached on foot from the city center. A walk through Brussels is a walk through history. Many of the locations that helped form the young nation of Belgium are here. See where the Belgian revolution began at Brussels Park, the largest park in the city. Royal tradition has long been central to the Belgian identity; at the edge of the park you can visit the Royal Palace of Brussels. Hear an informative historical education at BELvue, the national history museum of Belgium.

Brussels is a city looking forward as much as it respects its past, and the contemporary culture of the city is thriving. See leading modern artists at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Appreciate the Belgian sense of humor by visiting Manneken Pis, the iconic statue of a urinating child.

Eat with the locals at the Place du Grand Sablon, a bustling city square surrounded by restaurants, chocolatiers and antique dealers. Make the journey to the Cantillon Brewery to sample traditional Belgian beers brewed using a century-old recipe.

Brussels has a reputation of cold winters and damp summers. However, temperatures in July and August rarely get higher than 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius), providing a relaxing change from the sweltering heat much of Europe experiences at this time. The Brussels International Airport serves Brussels, but many visitors choose to arrive on the Eurostar or other express train services. An affordable and efficient metro system connects all 19 municipalities of the city.

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Things to do in Brussels

The strangest piece of architecture in Brussels is a series of steel spheres that can be seen from across the city. The site houses a restaurant and museum.

Hundreds of replicas of Europe’s most famous attractions can be found at this amusement park located beneath the Atomium.

The former food market is still a popular spot for fine Belgian cuisine and is a protected World Heritage site.

This small statue of a urinating child has brought joy to Belgians for centuries and is now a national icon.

Enjoy a rare glimpse of a palace interior or admire the facade of the royal palace from Brussels Park. You might even see the King or Queen of the Belgians.

Stroll the avenue between the Royal Palace and Belgian Parliament to discover the beauty of one of the largest parks in Brussels.

Learn the stories behind Tintin, the Smurfs and Asterix at this fun and quirky comic strip museum.

After visiting Brussels Stock Exchange, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Brussels. Experience the acclaimed art scene and great live music in this culturally-rich area.

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The Brussels tour starts in Amsterdam’s city center. From there you’ll travel to Brussels by bus, and an expert guide will provide fun and informative information about the sights along the way.

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Explore the deeply historical and political city of Brussels in your own time with this unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. From the open-top deck you'll have panoramic views of this pretty location, that is sometimes referrd to as the capital of Europe.

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Belgian chocolate is renowned for its richness and quality. As the birthplace of the praline, you’ve come to the right place if you’re a chocolate lover. Learn how to make Belgian treats with a master chocolatier before taking a tour that follows a trail of Brussels’ finest chocolate shops.

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Discover the undeniable charm of one of Europe's best preserved medieval cities—Bruges—on a comprehensive walking tour. From large town squares and meandering canals to pretty streets and striking architecture, take in the enchanting atmosphere of this illustrious city.

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Get priority seating and move straight to the front of the line at Hard Rock Cafe Brussels. In a beautiful Gothic building right in the center of the city's main square, the Grand Place, enjoy a meal surrounded by rock 'n' roll memorabilia from all over the globe.

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