Brussels is considered the de facto capital of the European Union (EU), and hosts many of its key institutions. NATO, the Western European Union and EUROCONTROL are also headquartered in the city.
Offering enormous diversity to travelers, you will have the opportunity to visit museums, monuments, parks and other areas of interest.
Start off with the Grand Place offering ornate baroque and gothic guild homes which were built in the 13th century, it’s wonderful place to enjoy Belgian hospitality at it’s best offering terrace café’s, concerts and events and a vibrant flower market. Grand Place has been touted as ‘one of the most beautiful town squares in Europe, if not in the world’. The first building you notice upon entering the Grand Place is the striking gothic town hall, which dates back to the 13th century. Its beautiful facade features the famous needle-like crooked spire, which is 315 feet in height and is topped by the archangel St. Michael.
Check out the Galeries St. Hubert within the center of town that has the distinction of being the first shopping arcade in Europe. Recently renovated, it is one of the most astonishing places in Brussels to visit.
Check out the Cantillon Brewery that allows you to leave modern civilization for a while and tour the family brewery – here nothing has changed since 1900 when it was founded! You’ll see red copper containers, Barrels and walls of bottles which have been there year after year since they opened and you'll be able to taste a real traditional Gueuze-Lambic.
If you love museums, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to visit the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science where you’ll find a Darwin Collection Database, a Dinosaur Gallery, a paleo lab and a host of displays that you’re sure to enjoy!
For those longing to feel the sand beneath their feet during the hot summer months you won’t want to miss an opportunity to visit Bruxelles les Bains (Brussels-by-the-Sea).
At night, no matter where you are you’re going to find a party! From 8pm to 8am you’ll find an exhuberant night life featuring jazz festivals, rock concerts, exotic night clubs, traditional pubs and casinos which are all part of the daily life of Brussells. You’ll have the opportunity to sample some of the 400 beers featured in more than 80 bars! Belgium nightlife is the spice of life when it comes to variety!
For the cross between a parish church and your grandmother's living room, check out Au Bon Vieux Temps, or for a more macabre style try out Le Cerceuil which is decorated with skulls and other deathly memorabila, or perhaps something a different, Theatre Royal de Toone, a marionette theater which opened in 1934 and offers a boisterous atmosphere serving a vast array of Belgian Beers. Looking more for dinner and theatrea? Try out Le Jardin de ma Soeur the most bohemian spot in Brussels offering a café-theatre, or perhaps world cuisine and music at Le Bazaar.