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About Brussels

Brussels is the capital city of Belgium and is a major hub for international politics and EU institutions. It is known as the cultural heart of Europe with a history dating back to the 13th century. This lively city boasts some of the most incredible historical, religious and architectural landmarks on the continent, attracting tourists all year round.

Cheap flights to Brussels are now available, so book your flight today and be taken back in time by the charismatic energy and historic wonders this city has to offer. Brussels is home to Brussels International Airport (BRU), a quick 20 minute drive to the city centre. BRU serves a multitude of airlines including Brussels Airlines and Turkish Airlines.

Why visit Brussels

grand architecture

Grand Architecture

The diverse architectural landmarks of the city span across a range of influences, including Gothic, Baroque and Art Noveau. Some famous buildings include The Grand Place, Guildhalls and Royal Palace.

historic sights

Historic Sights

With more than 80 museums, Brussels has preserved its vast history in features like Notre Dame du Sablon and Train World, while Parc du Cinquantenaire houses significant monuments of King Leopold.

local cuisine

Local Cuisine

Belgian cuisine is a fusion of French and Flemish combinations, resulting in many bistros and brasseries offering classic seafood dishes, chocolates and waffles, washed down with traditional lambic beer.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Belgium
Currency Euro
Language French / Dutch (Flemish)
Hub Airport Brussels International Airport (BRU)
Airline Brussels Airlines
Time Zone GMT + 01:00
Travel Adaptor Type E

Best time to visit Brussels

Brussels is a city with a moderate climate and has lots to offer all year round, so any time is great for a visit! Summer brings many festivals, though it can get quite hot. May is an ideal time as the weather is perfect for outdoor evening activities and the city starts to quieten down. The famous Belgian Beer Festival is held in September as colder temperatures start to set in.

Weather & Climate in Brussels

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

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High °C 5°C 6°C 10°C 14°C 18°C 20°C 23°C 23°C 19°C 14°C 9°C 6°C
Rainfall (mm) 71 53 73 53 69 77 69 64 63 68 79 79

Overview

Brussels is the gateway to the cultural medley of Europe. It is a popular hub for most travellers starting their European holiday. The medieval architecture of the old town gives an enchanted, nostalgic feel to the city. Aside from its historical and architectural landmarks, such as the Town Hall and Guildhouses, the city has some of the best bars, shopping spots and colourful nightlife scenes in Europe.

What would a trip to Brussels be without sampling its finest craft beer and chocolates? With many tours to choose from, you’ll soon be trying your hand at chocolate making and tasting many traditional Belgian specialities at the city’s most popular food stops.

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Health & Safety

Brussels is one of the safest cities in the world. It is filled with many friendly and welcoming locals who are always willing to help, especially if you are new to the city. Keep in mind that petty crime is most likely to occur during peak season, so always be vigilant when you’re out in busy areas.

Where to stay?

Brussels is a great place to experience the magical history of Europe. The medieval city centre boasts an array of seafood restaurants, charming cafés and boutiques tucked away from the main roads. Just ten minutes away from the centre, Sablon is famous for its quaint, antique stores and is very accessible to public transport. Hostels in the area cost around €20 a night.

Just south of the city lies Ixelles. This shopper’s paradise is home to big designer stores by day, while by night the live music venues create a funky, upbeat vibe along the streets.

A little south-west of the city centre, you’ll find the laid-back neighbourhood of Anderlecht. The family-run B&Bs and low-key hotels create a relaxing, family environment. Be sure to check out the Cantillon Brewery for a tour and taste of the local brew.

Getting Around

With a well-developed public transport system, you’ll have no problem manoeuvring around this compact city. When touring around the centre’s main attractions it is best to walk.

Buses and trams criss-cross the city and they operate on the same ticketing system, making transfers and purchases convenient. Renting a car is recommended for longer stays and rental companies like Avis and Hertz are available at the airport.

The city has three main railway stations. The trains operate within the city and also have lines going out to other cities in Europe. The airport train, operating 24/7, leaves for Brussels Central Station every ten minutes and costs around €9.

Taxis are found at clearly marked taxi stands or you could flag one down along the street.

Main attractions in Brussels

St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral

St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral

Royal Museum of Fine Arts

Royal Museum of Fine Arts

Grand Place

Grand Place

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