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Guide to Brussels in Belgium

Monday 01 Apr 2013 4:40pm

Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium, but it is also headquarters to the European Union and is considered by many as the capital of Europe. Because of this, the city has sprung up as a city of old-world charm with cosmopolitan flavor. The city is a mix of French and Flemish culture that gives it a distinct feel from other European cities, while the European Union buildings make this a truly multi-cultural city full of interesting sites, delicious foods and beautiful architecture. Flights: If you are flying into Belgium, you have a few different airport options. Most major airlines and some budget airlines such as easyJet and Brussels Airlines fly into Brussels National Airport. From the airport you can reach the city by taking either the train which connects to three different stations in the city, riding the bus which goes every 20-30 minutes, or hiring a taxi. You can also fly into Brussels Charleroi which is approximately 46 km south of the city. Charleroi caters to airlines such as Ryanair and other smaller, no-frills airlines. Other airports in Belgium include Antwerp, Ostend and Liege. Sites: Grand Place: The Grand Place is a lovely square in the city’s center, and one that is meant for hanging out, grabbing a beer and people-watching. Musée Horta: The Musee Horta is a lovely example of Belgian Art Nouveau. It was the home of Victor Horta who was one of the first practitioners of Art Nouveau. The house is lovely and dreamlike with very rich, intricate details throughout. Place du Jeu de Balle: For a unique flea-market experience, head to Place Du Jeu de Balle for an eclectic mix of items for sale. Take a walk around the surrounding streets to see a mix of antique stores, cafes and galleries. Autoworld: Autoworld boasts a collection of over 400 very cool cars all housed in a beautiful 1880 steel building. Eating and Drinking: In recent years Brussels has made a name for itself among foodies worldwide. There is something for everyone, from lovely old cafes to high-end Michelin star restaurants. Remember to also sample beer and chocolate while in Brussels. There are over 600 different varieties of beer to be found, some of which are still brewed by monks. When to Travel: If you are planning a trip to Brussels, any time from late spring to early autumn is a good time to fly into the city and spend a few days exploring. The days in the summer are long and warm, while in the winter months it is very dark and has the chance for heavy rains. In the past, Brussels was just an afterthought for people traveling through Europe. This, however, has changed in recent years. Whether you are just passing through Brussels, or are flying there to spend a week exploring the city and surrounding areas, you are sure to enjoy the vibrant, cosmopolitan feel of the city that has made it a hot destination spot.

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