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Destination Brussels

WHY TO VISIT BRUSSELS

Brussels is one of those cities that are visited by exhaustion, ie. when finished the classic tour of European capitals, we are looking for a new journey, "being content" to visit even less known and interesting places. Belgium's capital shares this fate with many other European cities, but knows how to take revenge on this discouraged traveler: it welcomes him with the majesty of the Grand Place, which for beauty does not regret the great squares of the capitals; whispers stories of fantasy, with comics that are not only displayed in the comic book museum but throughout the city; rivals Paris, Madrid and Florence with its Museum of Fine Arts, showing us all the skill of the Flemish artists; amazes for its Art Nouveau itineraries, marked by the name of Victor Horta as Barcelona is marked by Gaudì; finally delight the palates with "Brussels sprouts" and with beer, one of the best in the world.

For antique souvenir lovers, a visit to the Sablon Flea Market and the Antique Dealers' Market is a must in Brussels.

WHAT TO SEE IN BRUSSELS

Top attractions not to be missed are:

  • Grand Place, Guildhouses and Town Hall (Hotel de Ville)
  • St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule)
  • Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
  • Mont des Arts
  • EU Parliament
  • Parc du Cinquantenaire
  • Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
  • Horta Museum (Musee Horta)
  • Royal Palace (Palais Royal)
  • Jardin du Petit Sablon
  • Notre Dame du Sablon
  • Atomium
  • Manneken Pis

Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!

  • Tintin Mural Paintings
  • Mont des Arts
  • Place Poelaert
  • Janneke Pis
  • Justitiepaleis / Palais de Justice (Justitiepaleis)

The Art Nouveau itinerary must include the following buildings:

  • Clinic Dr Van Neck (53, rue Henri Wafelaert - St Gilles) by POMPE in 1910
  • Horta's House (23, rue Américaine - St Gilles) by HORTA in 1903
  • Cauchie House (5, avenue des Francs, Etterbeck) by CAUCHIE in 1905
  • Hannon Hotel  (1, av de la jonction - Saint Gilles) by BRUNFAUT
  • Stoclet Palace (279-281, avenue de Tervuren - Woluve St Pierre) by HOFFMANN in 1910-12
  • Bloemenwerf (avenue vanderhay - Uccle) by VAN DE VELDE
  • SaintCyr's House (Square ambiorix) by STRAUVEN
  • School (rue de la ruche & rue Josaphat) by H Jacobs
  • Music Museum (Ex Old England departement store) (2, rue Montagne de la cour - Bruxelles) by SAINTENOY in 1899
  • Flower Shop (13, rue Royale - Bruxelles) by HANKAR in 1898

WHEN TO GO TO BRUSSELS

Best period to visit Brussels is from May to September.

Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Brussels.

HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN BRUSSELS

The main airports are:

public transport

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WHAT TO DO IN BRUSSELS

typical dishes of Brussels are:

  • Chicon Au Gratin / Gegratineerde witloof, pieces of endives wrapped in a slice of ham, topped with béchamel sauce and blanketed in melted cheese;
  • Moules-frites / Mosselen-friet, a bowl of mussels cooked in white wine broth served with a plate of Belgian fries;
  • Boudin Blanc / Witte Pens,  white sausage that’s made with milk, usually prepared grilled or sauteed and is best served with mashed potatoes (Stoemp) or apple compote.
  • Frites / Frieten, thick cutted french fries, served with sauces for dipping;
  • Stoemp, creamy mashed potatoes;
  • Crevette Grise / Grijze Granalen, tiny crevette grise often served in a salad stuffed inside a tomato or can be enjoyed served unpeeled and accompanied by a good Belgian beer;
  • Carbonnades Flamandes / Stoverij, similar to Beef Bourguignon, but cooked with beer;
  • Filet Américain,  finely minced ground beef, topped with sauce Americain, and served with fries and bread;
  • Waterzooi, fish or chicken and vegetables stew;
  • Speculoos / Speculaas, spiced shortbread cookies;
  • Gaufre / Wafel, a buttery brioche dough waffle with chunks of caramelize sugar on the crust;
  • Chocolate
  • Beer

typical souvenirs of Brussels are:

  • Chocolates
  • biscuits
  • cheese
  • beer
  • comics
  • lace
  • tapestry
  • glass and crystal objects,
  • suede and chased leather products
  • earthenware
  • porcelain
  • ceramics
  • tin objects

The main theatres of Brussels are the Théâtre Royal du Parc and La Monnaie.

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