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

easyHotel Brussels City Centre
easyHotel Brussels City Centre
3 out of 5
Zilverstraat 1, 1 Rue d' Argent, Brussels, 1000
The price is $84 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Brussels. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (967 reviews)
"Great location right at the city center, the only issue I had was lack of services. Early checkout at 10am forced me to store my luggage at an additional €4, there’s no daily housekeeping unless you pay extra, and you have to take out your own garbage. It’s to be expected due to the very low price, ..."

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

easyHotel Brussels City Centre
Warwick Brussels
Warwick Brussels
5 out of 5
Rue Duquesnoy 5-7, Brussels, 1000
The price is $137 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Brussels. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (952 reviews)
"Wonderful hotel in a great location. Breakfast buffet had lots to offer. Everything you need is nearby including a laundromat."

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Warwick Brussels
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Brussels National Airport, Zaventem, 1930
The price is $147 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Zaventem. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (951 reviews)
"Very convenient to the airport"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Sheraton Brussels Airport 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.
Aparthotel Résidence Bara Midi
Aparthotel Résidence Bara Midi
3 out of 5
Rue Limnander 37, Brussels, 1070
The price is $78 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Brussels. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (177 reviews)
"Spacious and clean"

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2022

Aparthotel Résidence Bara Midi
Appart'City Confort Bruxelles Centre Gare du Midi
Appart'City Confort Bruxelles Centre Gare du Midi
3.5 out of 5
38A rue Rossini, Brussels, 1060
The price is $108 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Brussels. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (392 reviews)
"Well organized apartment with easy access to transport. Rooms are clean and well equipped."

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Appart'City Confort Bruxelles Centre Gare du Midi
Centerstay Brussels
Centerstay Brussels
3 out of 5
17 Rue des Fripiers GALERIE DU CENTRE, BLOC II/ 5th floor, Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, 1000
The price is $84 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this property in Brussels. Enjoy free WiFi, 1 bedroom, and an elevator. Popular attractions La Grand Place and Atomium are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Rooms were clean, well equipped and comfortable. Communication with the host was rather challenging. Check-in information was not communicated clearly and accommodation is quite hidden inside a shopping mall. Improved communication would have made the stay more comfortable."

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Centerstay Brussels
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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