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BrusselsBelgium

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

Brussels which includes night scenes and a city

Lower Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(969 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and fun breweries, there's plenty to explore in Lower Town. You can visit top attractions like La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue, and jump on the metro at Bourse-Beurs Station or Anneessens Station to see more of the city.

Lower Town
Jubilee Park which includes heritage architecture and a park

European Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(130 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the lively bars in European Quarter. Spend some time visiting top spots like European Union Parliament Building, and catch the metro at Maalbeek-Maelbeek Station or Arts-Loi - Kunst-Wet Station to see more of the area.

European Quarter
Royal Palace of Brussels featuring a castle and heritage architecture

Upper Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(80 area reviews)

Enjoy the fantastic nightlife in Upper Town. European Union Parliament Building is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Maalbeek-Maelbeek Station or Arts-Loi - Kunst-Wet Station to see more of Brussels.

Upper Town
La Grand Place which includes night scenes, a castle and heritage architecture

Quartier du Centre - Centrumwijk

4.5/5Wonderful!(46 area reviews)

Take time in Quartier du Centre - Centrumwijk to visit attractions like La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue. You might also appreciate the interesting museums, and you can hop on the metro at Bourse-Beurs Station to see more of the city.

Quartier du Centre - Centrumwijk
Gorgeous #artnouveau details on #Brussels residences and commercial buildings grace many neighborhoods today. While some may be in disrepair, the legacy of architects like Albert Roosenboom, an associate of Victor #Horta, lives on along with those who brought 19th century sensibilities toward 20th century modernism. Read more at: http://passingthru.com/2015/07/art-nouveau-in-Brussels-12-ways-to-enjoy/
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Chatelain

4.5/5Wonderful!(70 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Avenue Louise while getting to know Chatelain, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Trinité Tram Stop or Bailli Tram Stop to see more of the area.

Chatelain
Place du Grand Sablon featuring a city and heritage architecture

Quartier du Sablon - Zavelwijk

4.5/5Wonderful!(63 area reviews)

Quartier du Sablon - Zavelwijk is a destination travelers like for its bars, and you might hop aboard the metro at Petit Sablon Tram Stop or Poelaert Tram Stop to explore sights like Avenue Louise.

Quartier du Sablon - Zavelwijk

Top Hotels in Brussels

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Alma Grand Place Hotel
Alma Grand Place Hotel
3 out of 5
Rue des Eperonniers 42-44, Spoormakersstraat, Brussels
The price is $114 per night

Located in Lower Town, this hotel is steps from Editions Jacques Brel and La Grand Place. Manneken Pis Statue and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are also ...

4/5Very Good! (356 reviews)
Amazing stay in central Brussels

"Perfect short holiday"…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Alma Grand Place Hotel
MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center
MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center
3 out of 5
Quai du Hainaut 33, Brussels
The price is $80 per night

Located in the heart of Brussels, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of MIMA, La Grand Place, and Manneken Pis Statue. Belgian Comic Strip Center and Royal Museums ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,368 reviews)

"Friendly staff. Not enough parking. Can find parking around the area. Convenient bar and cafe."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center
Pillows City Hotel Brussels Centre
Pillows City Hotel Brussels Centre
4 out of 5
Parochiaansstraat 15-27, Brussels
The price is $121 per night

Located in Upper Town, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral of St. Michael, La Grand Place, and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Royal Museums ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,377 reviews)

"We had a short stay with lots planned, both in and out of Brussels, so we needed to be close to transportation to save time. The location was excellent—super close to the train, the subway, and a taxi stand, and easy walking distance to wonderful restaurants, grocery store, and the city center. Usually ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Pillows City Hotel Brussels Centre

Popular places to visit in Brussels

Atomium
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Atomium

4/5(305 reviews)

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.

Mini-Europe
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Mini-Europe

4.5/5(148 reviews)

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

La Grand Place
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La Grand Place

4.5/5(621 reviews)

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

Manneken Pis Statue
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Manneken Pis Statue

4/5(516 reviews)

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

Royal Palace of Brussels
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Royal Palace of Brussels

4.5/5(315 reviews)

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.

Avenue Louise
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Avenue Louise

4/5(140 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Avenue Louise, a popular shopping spot in Brussels. While in this walkable area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Brussels

Ghent & Bruges departure from Brussels
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Ghent & Bruges departure from Brussels

84% of travellers recommend
$52
Per adult
Amsterdam Departure from Brussels
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Amsterdam Departure from Brussels

$65
Per adult
Full-Day Tour to Bruges from Brussels
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Full-Day Tour to Bruges from Brussels

82% of travellers recommend
$44
Per adult
Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop
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Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

94% of travellers recommend
$77
Per adult
Brussels Day Trip from Amsterdam
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Brussels Day Trip from Amsterdam

74% of travellers recommend
$93
Per adult
Private Belgian Food Tour with 10 Tastings in Brussels
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Private Belgian Food Tour with 10 Tastings in Brussels

100% of travellers recommend
$169
Per adult

Reviews of Brussels

4.3

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

The week between Christmas and New Years is WAY TOO CROWDED and I would never go back during that week. This was my second visit to Brussels, and it's a great city and an excellent jumping off point for other European cities.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Good experience,

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Our trip was cut short because of the travel ban but i will definitely come back again!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

Fun city with decent food.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 7, 2020

Always nice, unfortunately it was cold and raining

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

Getting around Belgium is very easy & for someone from CA, nothing is all that far away. Brussells is a place full of history & beautiful architechture, breweries & little cafes. I found the people to be friendly & very accepting of foreigners.

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