Brussels is a multicultural city where medieval castles and 19th-century manors sit alongside an enthralling bar scene and green inner-city parklands. Its European personality extends from electro nightclubs and piazza cafes to innovative architecture and city-wide parties.
Things to do in Brussels
Brussels’ culinary scene is as diverse as its architecture, incorporating French, German and Dutch flavours alongside Belgian delicacies. Leave your inhibitions at home and indulge in the famous Belgian waffles and chocolates, traditional French fries and the smorgasbord of beer on offer.
This sophisticated city isn’t shy when it comes to showcasing its historic buildings, placing the centuries-old Grand Place in the middle of six narrow alleyways, capturing admirers from all angles. The square is framed by lively cafes, alfresco bars and 17th-century buildings illuminated at night by a spectacular light show.
Love music? Brussels holds quality live performances inside some of its oldest buildings, such as intimate jazz music at the 17th-century Music Village. You can also see over 2,000 instruments and listen to impressive compositions at the Musical Instrument Museum inside the art-nouveau Old England Building.
Kids will feel like giants while wandering through Mini-Europe, a comprehensive collection of miniature European cities near the futuristic Atomium. Families can also ride down waterslides on inflatable toboggans at Oceade in the same theme park. If you enjoy exploring, join one of the many day tours to see World War II battlefields in Flanders, European heritage in Luxembourg or the scenic canals of Amsterdam.
Getting around Brussels
Brussels boasts an integrated bus, tram and metro system that covers the entire city. With no central hub, a map is invaluable when navigating public transport. Local taxis are reliable, but are typically only required when public transport isn’t running.