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A cosmopolitan blend of culture, architecture and fine food mixes with royal tradition in the Belgian capital.

Belgium is known as a producer of some of the finest chocolate, beer and dairy products in Europe. Its capital, Brussels, is rapidly becoming a culinary destination. The capital is the largest metropolitan region in Belgium, and its proximity to Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt means it has a truly cosmopolitan feel. Brussels is home to a large population of immigrants who create an eclectic mix of cultures. The locals speak a mix of French and Dutch so street names, signs and information centers feature both languages.

While the city is large, it remains manageable. Many attractions can be reached on foot from the city center. A walk through Brussels is a walk through history. Many of the locations that helped form the young nation of Belgium are here. See where the Belgian revolution began at Brussels Park, the largest park in the city. Royal tradition has long been central to the Belgian identity; at the edge of the park you can visit the Royal Palace of Brussels. Hear an informative historical education at BELvue, the national history museum of Belgium.

Brussels is a city looking forward as much as it respects its past, and the contemporary culture of the city is thriving. See leading modern artists at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Appreciate the Belgian sense of humor by visiting Manneken Pis, the iconic statue of a urinating child.

Eat with the locals at the Place du Grand Sablon, a bustling city square surrounded by restaurants, chocolatiers and antique dealers. Make the journey to the Cantillon Brewery to sample traditional Belgian beers brewed using a century-old recipe.

Brussels has a reputation of cold winters and damp summers. However, temperatures in July and August rarely get higher than 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius), providing a relaxing change from the sweltering heat much of Europe experiences at this time. The Brussels International Airport serves Brussels, but many visitors choose to arrive on the Eurostar or other express train services. An affordable and efficient metro system connects all 19 municipalities of the city.

Top Hotels in Brussels

NH Collection Brussels Centre
NH Collection Brussels Centre
4 out of 5
Boulevard Adolphe Max 7, Brussels
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $110 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Located in Lower Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue Neuve, La Grand Place and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Brussels City Hall and Galeries Royales ...

4.3/5Excellent! (951 reviews)

"Very nice centrally located place. Easy access to station as well."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 17, 2020

NH Collection Brussels Centre
MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center
MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center
3 out of 5
Quai du Hainaut 33, Brussels
The price is CA $44 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in the heart of Brussels, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of MIMA and Brussels Stock Exchange. La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (968 reviews)

"Great!"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2020

MEININGER Hotels Bruxelles City Center
NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg
NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg
4 out of 5
15 Rue D Assaut, Brussels
The price is CA $109 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10

Located in Lower Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral of St. Michael and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue ...

3.9/5Very Good! (944 reviews)

"Hôtel with good location. All services despite CORONAVIRUS crisis"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 16, 2020

NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Brussels

Secret Suites Brussels Royal
Secret Suites Brussels Royal
3.5 out of 5
The price is CA $116 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10

Located in Upper Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cirque Royal, Brussels Park and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Royal Museums of Fine ...

4.2/5Very Good! (89 reviews)
Great place with sauna

"Amazing place! No faults"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 15, 2019

Secret Suites Brussels Royal
Citadines Toison d'Or Brussels
Citadines Toison d'Or Brussels
3 out of 5
61-63, Av. de la Toison D'Or, Brussels
The price is CA $109 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Avenue Louise, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Place du Grand ...

4/5Very Good! (698 reviews)

"Location was perfect, walking distance from the city centre"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 29, 2020

Citadines Toison d'Or Brussels
Appart'City Confort Bruxelles Centre Gare du Midi
Appart'City Confort Bruxelles Centre Gare du Midi
3.5 out of 5
38A rue Rossini, Brussels
The price is CA $94 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4

Located in the heart of Brussels, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cantillon Brewery, Manneken Pis Statue and La Grand Place. Brussels Stock Exchange ...

4.4/5Excellent! (358 reviews)
Fantastic staff, very comfy accommodation

"Staff are amazing, very helpful and friendly. This is an excellent Appart'City the rooms are very comfortable and spacious. Good bathroom with great shower. Kitchen area very useful with Hob, Microwave, Fridge and small dishwasher. I would definitely stay here again and can highly recommend this ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 15, 2020

Appart'City Confort Bruxelles Centre Gare du Midi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Brussels

Atomium
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Atomium

The strangest piece of architecture in Brussels is a series of steel spheres that can be seen from across the city. The site houses a restaurant and museum.

La Grand Place
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La Grand Place

The former food market is still a popular spot for fine Belgian cuisine and is a protected World Heritage site.

Mini-Europe
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Mini-Europe

Hundreds of replicas of Europe’s most famous attractions can be found at this amusement park located beneath the Atomium.

Manneken Pis Statue
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Manneken Pis Statue

This small statue of a urinating child has brought joy to Belgians for centuries and is now a national icon.

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

See important classical collections and groundbreaking contemporary art at the most comprehensive art museum in Brussels.

Royal Palace of Brussels
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Royal Palace of Brussels

Enjoy a rare glimpse of a palace interior or admire the facade of the royal palace from Brussels Park. You might even see the King or Queen of the Belgians.

Top things to do in Brussels

Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop
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Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

CA $109
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hard Rock Cafe Brussels Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Brussels Dining with Priority Seating

CA $35
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Brussels Beer Tasting Tour
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Brussels Beer Tasting Tour

CA $109
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Luxembourg & Dinant Full-Day Tour - The Ardennes
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Luxembourg & Dinant Full-Day Tour - The Ardennes

CA $97
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Diamond Lounge at Brussels Airport (BRU)
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Diamond Lounge at Brussels Airport (BRU)

CA $58
Per adult
Hungry Mary's Famous Beer and Chocolate Tour - Brussels
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Hungry Mary's Famous Beer and Chocolate Tour - Brussels

CA $126
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Brussels

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
93
5 - Excellent 40.969162995594715%
4 - Good
102
4 - Good 44.93392070484582%
3 - Okay
24
3 - Okay 10.572687224669604%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.0837004405286343%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.44052863436123346%

3/5 - Okay

MarkC

Jan 18, 2020

We didn’t see much of Brussels, as we were only there for one quick overnight.

4/5 - Good

Geeman

Dec 2, 2019

Much cleaner overall than I expected. Got fed up with numerous (mid-eastern) street beggars.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 25, 2019

Make sure that you take a walking tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it and got to learn about Brussels.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 24, 2019

I love Brussels! This is my third trip for fun... I love the Grand Place and the Grand Sablon. Such a beautiful and walkable city. The people are friendly and the chocolate is amazing!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 6, 2019

Rains a lot but so many chocolate shops that it doesn’t matter. I think we went to 20 different ones. My favourite was Galler

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 31, 2019

Lovely city - I will come back

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