Hotels in Brussels
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Floris Arlequin Grandplace
Brussels 292 yd from city centre
This hotel is not only located directly on Brussels? main market square, but at the heart of the pedestrianised zone that...
Citadines Sainte Catherine Brussels Apart
Brussels 417 yd from city centre
Situated on a quiet street on the edge of the city´s historic centre, the hotel is located near to the Grand Place, Manneken...
La Madeleine Grand Place Brussels
Brussels 509 yd from city centre
The hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the historic city, close to the central train station and the Grand Square....
Hilton Brussels Grand Place
Brussels 646 yd from city centre
This hotel is located in the centre of Brussels, close to the old town and within a short distance of the main train station...
Brussels 647 yd from city centre
The hotel is located close to the stock exchange and within walking distance of the Grand Place.8 kms to the nearest airport...
Pillows City Brussels Centre
Brussels 769 yd from city centre
Situated only 70 metres from the Gare Central (Central Station) and the impressive St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral as...
Brussels 788 yd from city centre
Conveniently located in the very centre of Brussels.This 4-star Brussels hotel is within walking distance of the train station...
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Brussels is home to the majority of the European Union’s institutions, including the European Commission and the European Parliament, making it the unofficial capital of the EU as well as the capital of Belgium.
The most expensive hotels are in the historic centre, but affordable accommodation in walking distance of the main attractions can also be found. Many small family-run operations are also available throughout the city, but booking ahead is strongly advised.
Neighbourhoods of Brussels
The city of Brussels is shaped like a pentagon, which is divided into nine districts. Most of the main attractions are in or around the Central District at the heart of Brussels, but shoppers are attracted to the Midi-Lemonnier District, which hosts the second largest market in Europe every Sunday, to the daily flea market in the Marolles/Marollen District and the antiques market in the Sablon/Zavel District. The Marais-Jacqumain District has the Martyrs Square which commemorates the victims of the 1830 Revolution, whilst the Freedom District has the Liberty Square, which has four statues honouring the freedoms of a democratic society.
What to see and do in Brussels
Brussels has many famous attractions:
- Atomium: Standing 102 metres tall the Atomium dominates the skyline and is the most popular tourist destination in the Brussels area. Visitors can walk through the tubes and spheres before enjoying a meal 95 metres above the city, where they can savour both the local food and a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
- Belgium Comic Strip Center: For fans of Tintin and the Smurfs the Belgium Comic Strip Center is a must-see. Located in the centre of Brussels in an Art Noveau building, the Center has many exhibits. True comic book aficionados will want to travel over 20 miles south-east of Brussels to the Musee Herge, dedicated to the artist George Remi and Tintin, his greatest creation.
- Grand Place: The Grand Place is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, especially at night.
- Manneken-Pis: Just off the Grand Place stands Manneken-Pis, a statue of a small boy urinating into a basin. The statue has a number of totally different origin stories, but what is not in doubt is that Manneken-Pis is a symbol of Brussels that visitors are expected to see.
- Natural Sciences Museum: This museum is home to the largest exhibition of dinosaurs in Europe. There is also a Gallery of Evolution and the Vivarium, which houses tarantulas and stick insects.
What to eat in Brussels
Brussels prides itself on its food. Local specialities include stoemp, which is pureed root vegetables that complement steaks or stews, witloof, or Belgian Endive, a flavourful white vegetable and for the more adventurous there is raw herring, served with onion. Sea food is readily available, especially moules or mussels. This can all be washed down with over 400 varieties of beer and visitors can finish their meal with over 300 types of cheese.
Typical events and festivals in Brussels
Most of Brussels' special events are held in the summer. On two days in July over 1,000 people march through the streets for Ommegang, or “going round the church", while the Midi Fair is held in July or August and the Brussels Summer Festival (music concert) is held over 10 days in August. Every two years the Grand Place is covered in a flower carpet of begonias on Assumption Day (15 August). A Christmas market called Winter Wonders finishes the year.
How to move around in Brussels
The Brussels Metro (underground railway) has four lines and 60 metro stations. Confusingly the lines are numbered 1, 2, 5 and 6, as lines 3 and 4 exist as a tram service. There is a well-developed bus service, which travel along a network of bus lanes. Most of the attractions in the centre of Brussels can be visited on foot, although visitors should be wary of the busy traffic.
The climate in Brussels
Brussels has a temperate climate, with four distinct seasons. A visitor can expect highs of over 20 degrees Celsius in July and August and lows of just above freezing in the winter months, making snow a rarity.
More interesting facts about and sights in Brussels
Most museums in Brussels are free on the first Sunday of the month. Alternatively, tourists can purchase a Brussels Card, which allows a visitor access to the city’s museums for 24, 48 or 72 hours.