Brussels.

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The City of Brussels (map) is the largest municipality and historical centre of the Brussels-Capital Region, and the capital of Belgium,  together with Flanders and Wallonia. It is the administrative centre of the European Union, thus often dubbed, along with the region, the EU’s capital city.

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The historic Flemish town centres are better preserved in cities like AntwerpBrugesGhentLeuven, and Mechelen. Here are some popular destinations within the City of Brussels:

The Grand Place (map) is the central square of Brussels and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is renowned for its stunning architecture, including the City Hall and guild houses with their intricate facades. The square is a hub of activity, surrounded by shops, cafes, and restaurants.

One of Brussels’ most iconic landmarks, the Atomium (map) is a futuristic structure built for the 1958 World Expo. Its unique design represents an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Visitors can explore the various spheres, including exhibition spaces and a panoramic viewpoint offering breathtaking city views.

Manneken Pis: This famous bronze statue of a small boy urinating is a symbol of Brussels’ irreverent sense of humor. Manneken Pis (map) attracts a large number of tourists and often wears different costumes for special occasions and events.

Royal Palace of Brussels: The Royal Palace (map) is the official residence of the Belgian royal family, although it is not their actual living quarters. During the summer months, the palace is open to the public, allowing visitors to admire its lavish interiors, including reception rooms, ballrooms, and a beautiful garden.

Saint-Michel Cathedral: The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula (map) is an impressive Gothic cathedral located in the heart of Brussels. Its stunning architecture, stained glass windows, and intricate details make it a must-visit for history and architecture enthusiasts.

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium: This complex comprises several museums (map), including the Museum of Ancient Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Magritte Museum. Visitors can admire a vast collection of artworks, ranging from medieval masterpieces to contemporary pieces.

Belgian Comic Strip Center: Belgium has a rich tradition of comic strip art, and this museum (map) celebrates the country’s comic strip heritage. The museum showcases the works of famous Belgian comic strip artists like Hergé (creator of Tintin) and offers insights into the history and techniques of comic strip art.

European Quarter: Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union, and the European Quarter (map) is home to numerous EU institutions, including the European Commission and the European Parliament (map). Visitors can take guided tours of these institutions and explore the area to learn more about the EU’s workings.

When strolling along architectural sights and museum display cases feels overwhelming, the Sonian Forest (map) to the south of the city will offer a welcomed change of scenery. This vast section of nature, with lakes and century old beech trees, is protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site and a true heaven for fans of outdoor activities.

 

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Smart Mobility Planner | door-to-door routeplanner for the whole country, covering all forms of public transport.

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BUS: STIB/MIVB in Brussels • De Lijn in Flanders • TEC in Wallonia. Most tourists will not need the bus companies, as it is much more user-friendly to take trains between cities and go on foot inside them. There is also the Kusttram, running along almost the whole Flemish seaside from France to the Netherlands—definitely worth a trip in the summer.

TRAIN: Belgiantrain.be – Use the official journey planner operated by the National Railway Company of Belgium to find train itineraries and prices. + ThalysSNCFEurostarDeutsche Bahn

AIRPORT: Brussels Airport, also known as Zaventem due to the town in which it is mainly located, is Belgium’s main airport. Brussels South Charleroi Airport, about 50 km (31 mi) south of Brussels, mostly serves low-cost carriers.

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Brussels, capital of the kingdom of Belgium is also the capital of Europe. A destination that’s easy to reach and reasonable prices that won’t strain its visitors’ pockets, regardless of age. This cosmopolitan city that loves good food lives life its way and expresses itself in a style very much its own: sometimes rebellious and mischievous,sometimes thoughtful and composed, but always very likeable.

Despite its European dimension and despite all the different languages spoken on the corner of every street, Brussels is still inspired by a very “village-like” spirit. Of course, it’s well known for its Grand-Place, its Atomium, its Manneken-Pis, its Gueuze and its Kriek, its waffles and its chocolates…(don’t miss them!). But, just one tip: take the time, too, to soak up the very special atmosphere of its many different districts. Enjoy our videos…

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Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

Apply for a visitor visa. Find out what document you need to travel, visit family and friends, do business, or transit through Belgium.

Mobility Planner.

On the app, door-to-door routeplanner for the whole country, covering all forms of public transport (train, tram, bus, metro).

Brussels Museums.

Brussels Museums (brusselsmuseums.be) is the non-profit association that brings together more than 120 museums in Brussels.

Smart Mobility Planner – door-to-door routeplanner for the whole country, covering all forms of public transport.

beertourism.com – web’s most comprehensive guide to Belgian beers and breweries written especially for beer aficionados.

Resto.be – restaurant search engine and reviews for all Belgium.

Benelux Travel Forum – Ask your travel questions.