Travel guide - Brussels

Ever diplomatic, Brussels cultivates its differences in terms of its dual Walloon and Flemish culture. The capital of Europe (as the seat of the European Parliament), Brussels is open to the world. Brussels is a unique bubble where a certain sense of irony and surrealism have been elevated to an art form.|

On your trip to Brussels, you will be surprised by this warm and inviting city on a very human scale. In this daring city of contrasts, you may be taken aback by the diversity of architecture.

The Grand Place in Brussels is one of the most beautiful squares in the world, and the Gothic style Saint-Michel-et-Gudule cathedral makes way for magnificent Art Nouveau buildings (including the Galerie Saint-Hubert) before handing over to the futuristic architecture of the Atomium.

Brussels, like many other cities of Northern Europe, is a temple to the arts. During your stay in Brussels, head to the Mont des Arts, where you will find the Royal Museums of Fine Art, and the museums of Ancient Art and Modern Art, whose collections are among the finest in the world, particularly with regard to the Flemish Primitives. For an overview of the history of Belgium pay a visit to the Cinquantenaire Museum.

Brussels is known for its playful relationship to the image. Pop into the Magritte Museum, where the collections prove that Brussels is truly the capital of surrealism.

With its sparkling mix, Brussels is also the capital of the comic strip, and it was here that famous two-dimensional heroes like Tintin, Asterix and Lucky Luke were born. Find out more at the Belgian Comics Centre.

During your trip to Brussels, don’t miss the chance to say hello to the Manneken-Pis, a famous emblem of the city and a symbol of Belgian humour.

This characteristic good humour and joie de vivre can also be found in Belgian gastronomy. Besides its famous moules frites and chocolate, Brussels is also known for its beer. Institutions like Delirium and Mort Subite are essential stops on your trip to Brussels; here you will discover the diversity of Belgian beer production.

Far from taking itself too seriously, Brussels is a friendly and attractive city at the crossroads of Europe, ready to welcome you with its eternal good humour.

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