Introducing the city

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About Brussels

Historic Brussels started life as a fortress, then a market town, before developing into the economic, cultural and political capital centre it is known as today.

You might know Brussels for its beer and waffles, amongst other things. And whilst these are a good place to start, there’s certainly a lot more to get your teeth into.

From its lively café culture and burgeoning art scene, to the intriguing socio-cultural history of its 19 communes – there’s plenty for all in the Belgian capital. If you’re a fan of cobbled walkways, historic avenues and picturesque squares then you’ve come to the right place. But don’t worry, you can definitely still get your fix of beers and waffles too.

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When Should You Visit?

With countless summer festivals and the annual Christmas Market in December, Brussels is a happening place to explore all year-round. But to avoid the heaviest tourist crowds and get the best of the weather, visit in late spring or early autumn.

Brussels has a temperate climate, so is perfect for a visit whatever the season. Temperatures are relatively mild across the year, with the average low at 1 degree Celsius in winter and 23 degrees Celsius in summer. The city does get its share of rainfall, like every European destination, so if in doubt, pack an umbrella.

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Travioor top tips

Enjoy the view
Markets
Park

Insider Info

  • Climb to the top of the Music Museum for some of the best views of the city. Start with a coffee at the café and you'll be able to avoid the entrance fee.

  • Brussels is well known for its antique markets. Surrounded by a beautiful church and plenty of cafés, our favourite is in Sablon square where you'll find a plethora of special items from art to jewellery.

  • Make sure you visit park Bois de la Cambre, one of the biggest parks in Europe.

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Food and drink

Main Course £13.19 | 15.00 €

3-Course Meal £52.75 | 60.00 €

Cappuccino £2.43 | 2.76 €

Beer £3.25 | 3.70 €

The Scene

Brussels’ cobbled walkways, historic avenues and picturesque squares are home to some of the best dining spots in Europe. And the city’s food and drink scene reflects that of its vibrant international community. Avoid the tourist traps around the Grand-Place and Rue des Bouchers and head instead to areas such as the Saint Catherine Quarter.

Here you can find all manner of places to get your beer and waffles fix, though be sure to try the city’s famous chips (a.k.a. French fries), mussels and chocolate too if you get the chance.

It’s a long-standing argument between the French and the Belgians over who invented the world famous ‘French Fries’. But as long as they’re tasty, most visitors to the city don’t mind either way.

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History

Brussels’s Story

Brussels has been an established settlement for centuries, but it was officially founded in 979. It has since seen many rulers, renaissances and revolutions. A key date in the city’s history is 1830, when Brussels’ residents revolted against French rule.

Since the end of World War Two, Brussels has grown into a major centre for international politics, becoming home to numerous international organisations, such as NATO and the European Union.

Language

Bonjour or Hallo | Hello
Merci or Dank u wel | Thank you

French and Dutch

Historically, Belgium has been at the crossroads of the Germanic and Celtic tribes, with one side speaking Dutch (otherwise known as Flemish) and the other French. In Brussels, you’ll find both languages used interchangeably, though the majority are native French speakers. Whilst many have an excellent grasp of the English language, these quick phrases in French and Dutch will hold you in good stead:

  • Excuse me - Excusez-moi or Excuseer me
  • Please - S'il vous plait or Alstublieft
  • Do you speak English? - Parlez-vous anglais? or Spreekt u Engels

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Need to know

+32 Dialling Code
100 | 101 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • For the police, call 101.
  • The Brussels capital region is made up of 19 communes, or neighborhoods, each with its own town hall, shopping area and community.
  • The historic quarter is easily walkable, but to explore further, take the metro, trams or a bus, all of which use the same ticketing system and will get you everywhere in less than an hour.
  • Brussels’ central airport is just 12 kilometres (7 miles) from the main city centre and is easily reachable via train, bus, shuttle, taxi or car.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Belgium here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. The Grand-Place

Grab a coffee in the Grand-Place (the central square in Brussels) and marvel at the historic architecture.

2. Manneken Pis

Fulfil a tourist must and take a look at the famous Manneken Pis (small boy urinating into a fountain) sculpture. No one knows its true origins which only adds to its charm.

3. Art And Culture

See as much art as you can at the Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts (Royal Museums of Fine Arts) and the Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée (the Comic Strip Centre).

4. Festivals

Head to one of the city’s festivals, like Bruxelles les Bains (the Brussels Summer Festival), the Brussels Film Festival in June or the Megavino wine fair in mid-October.

5. Atomium building

Check out the space-age Atomium building, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World Fair.


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