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Brussels
Travel Guide

La Grand Place featuring a castle, street scenes and a square or plaza

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

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.

Where to stay in Brussels

Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Brussels National Airport, Zaventem
The price is $99 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Situated in Zaventem, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of NATO Headquarters, European Union Parliament Building, and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Atomium and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
Warwick Brussels
Warwick Brussels
5 out of 5
Rue Duquesnoy 5-7, Brussels
The price is $117 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
This family-friendly Brussels hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Moof Museum and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. La Grand Place and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,050 reviews)
A shiny, pleasant haven in the lockdown
"The Warwick was a haven of quiet, traditional comfort and good service in a general sinister atmosphere of darkness and lockdown throughout the city. The lady at the reception was adorable, provided me with all the tips, allowed a very late checkout time and was overall kind and supportive. Despite ..."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020

Warwick Brussels
The Hotel
The Hotel
4 out of 5
38 Boulevard de Waterloo, Brussels
The price is $193 per night from Jul 2 to Jul 2
Located in Upper Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon, and Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon. Law ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)
"It is a nice hotel, well placed. Rooms are modern but a bit small."

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2020

The Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Chambre Avec Salle de Douche Privative Près du Centre
Chambre Avec Salle de Douche Privative Près du Centre
Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region
The price is $61 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Situated in Brussels, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Horta Museum, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and Avenue Louise. Place du Grand Sablon ...
Chambre Avec Salle de Douche Privative Près du Centre
B-aparthotel Montgomery
B-aparthotel Montgomery
4 out of 5
Avenue De Tervueren, 149, Brussels
The price is $107 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Situated in the historical district, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Autoworld Museum and Berlaymont Building. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium ...
3.8/5Good! (257 reviews)
Great place to stay near Montgomery station
"We love love the location and the views on the fountain . Transportation is super easy . The metro is across the street and the taxi line is a few steps away. The restaurants are amazing and easy to walk to. We don’t mind the limited maid service either . The communication with hotel management is ..."

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

B-aparthotel Montgomery
RentByNight - Apartments
RentByNight - Apartments
3 out of 5
61 Rue des Bouchers, Brussels
The price is $113 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Located in Lower Town, this aparthotel is steps from Jeanneke Pis and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. La Grand Place and Brussels City Hall are also within 5 ...
3.8/5Good! (110 reviews)
Great place in centre of Brussels
"Excellent location vlose ti nightlife and shops"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

RentByNight - Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Brussels

Brussels is a compact city and the best way to explore its historic core is simply to walk around. Outside the city center, get around using the excellent public transportation system. It includes a metro network, public buses, trams and intercity trains. Within the city, all the public transportation services are run by STIB. This means a single ticket can be used across all modes of transportation. Visit the Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport website.Browse Brussels rental cars.

Best time to visit

Like many European destinations, Brussels has mild but sunny summers, cool springs and falls, and cold winters. The warmest weather is in June through August, but this is also the time of year that sees a major tourist influx and long lines at major attractions. Visit in shoulder season – that’s spring or fall – for less competition for rooms and smaller crowds at sights.

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