Brussels

Brussels is the largest municipality of the Brussels Capital Region and it is the capital of Belgium. Besides the touristic attractions mentioned bellow, there are also a lot of churches, art galleries and stores. The city is also famous for its vibrant nightlife.

HOTSPOTS

Grand Place

The Grand Place is the central square of Brussels. The initial purposes of the square as a commercial, political and socio-cultural center have become less important. Nowadays the square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels. At the Grand Place there are currently a lot of bars, restaurants and hotels. A lot of people consider the square one of the most beautiful of Europe. So it is no wonder it was named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1998. The square is also surrounded by the city’s Town Hall and the Breadhouse.

Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis is a small bronze sculpture of 58 cm depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain’s basin. The famous statue is located at the junction of Rue de l’Etuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du  Chêne/Eikstraat. It is very close to the Grand Place. The statue is a typical symbol of the city of Brussels and literally means “Little man pee”. Although the Manneken Pis in Brussels is the best-known, others exist such as in Geraardsbergen, Westmeerbeek, Broksele and Koksijde.

Heysel Plateau

The Heysel (French) or Heizel (Dutch) is the area in the northwest of Brussels. Interesting places on the Heysel are a large movie theatre (Kinepolis), a park which hosts miniature models of famous European Buildings (Mini-Europe), a subtropical water park (Océade), a planetarium, the King Baudouin Stadium and Brussels Expo.

Atomium

The Atomium is a building at the Heysel Plateau. It is a stainless steel construction that consists of nine spheres. Each sphere has a diameter of 18 meters. Six of these spheres are accessible to public. These spheres contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere includes a restaurant which has a panoramic view of Brussels. In January 2013 CNN named it Europe’s most bizarre building.

Cinquantenaire

Parc du Cinquantenaire is French for “Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary”. In Dutch it is called Jubelpark which means “Jubilee Park”. It is a large, public, urban park in Brussels. The park was commissioned in 1880 under patronage of King Leopold II for the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Belgian independence.

Royal Palace of Brussels

The Royal Palace of Brussels is the official palace of King Filip of the Belgians. It is situated in the center of the nation’s capital. However, it is not used as a royal residence, the king and his family live in the Royal Palace of Laeken.

HOTELS

Atlas Hotel Brussels ***

Rue Du Vieux Marché Aux Grains 30

Alma Grand Place Hotel ***

Spoormakersstraat 42-44

Best Western Hotel Expo ***

Avenue Houba de Strooper 600

Ibis Hotel Brussels Expo Atomium ***

Romeinsesteenweg 572