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Brussels is the capital of Belgium and as any European capital is a place worth seeing, all-day-busy city. The second largest city in Spain and 10th in Europe, it offers visitors many possibilities both for leisure and work.
Brussels serves as capital of the European Union, it hosts the major political institutions of the EU. Meetings of political groups and committee groups are formally given to Brussels, along with a set number of plenary sessions. Three quarters of Parliament sessions now take place at its Brussels hemicycle.
Booking a flight to Brussels leads you to Brussels Airport (IATA: BRU, ICAO: EBBR), located 11 kilometers away in the place called Saventhem. It is home to around 260 companies, together directly serves as the air-hub for several big air-copmanies. Here is official website of Brussels Airport, where you can find useful information about Flights (Departures, Arrivals), Parking, Hotels, Accommodation, Car hire, Transport to the city and all needed to feel comfortable after landing.
Brussels City Break — for lovers of cafés, culture and the easy life and it always impresses. Aside from the promise of Belgian chocolate and beer and vast open squares to explore, this unique city is perfect for sitting and watching the world go by. Whether you’re looking for a romantic destination to whisk your other half away to, or a chance to brush up on your history, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Belgium’s captivating capital.
This is most important landmark and destination, a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world. It is the historical, geographical and commercial centrepiece of Brussels made up of Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville), a Gothic building and the architectural masterpiece of the square; Breadhouse (Maison du Roi) which houses the Museum of the City of Brussels, and several opulent guildhouses. Guildhouses are buildings historically used by associations of men sharing the same interests, such as merchants or artisans. The view and everything were really grand and stunning, except our food.
For five days in the middle of August in every even-numbered year, the square is covered by a massive floral display known as the Carpet of Flowers (Tapis de Fleurs).
From Grand Place, you can take a walk to see this world famous little bronze statue of a naked boy peeing into a basin that attracts huge crowds on any given day. You can find two glass casements secured in the iron railings surrounding the statue which contain the following information:
“Manneken-Pis is part and parcel of Brussels’ cultural heritage and today one of the city’s best known symbols along with the Atomium and the cathedral of Saint-Michel.
The little statue was erected at the end of the Middle Ages, when the city of Brussels was in the process of developing a public water supply network. Up until the middle of the 19th century, this fountain played a vital role in the city’s drinking water supply system. The original stone statue was replaced in the 17th century by a bronze model commissioned by the municipal authorities from the sculptor Jerome Duquesnoy the Elder. The original statue is at the Museum of the City of Brussels-Maison du Roi-Grand Place”.
THINGS TO BUY AND EAT
Belgium’s chocolates and waffles are part of its economy and rich tradition. A trip would cannot be complete without sampling them. With these in mind, you don’t have to go too far as shops selling these products are literally stone’s throw away from Mannekin Pis. Belgian chocolates are famous and manufactured with the use of high-quality cocoa beans and reintroduced with a generous proportion of cocoa butter. Top suppliers include Leonidas, Godiva and Neuhaus, among others.
Waffles, the perfect portable snack, come in two kinds: the crispy Brussels dusted with icing sugar or the doughy Liege with sugar crystals baked in. They are made from flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, milk and butter and usually topped with cream, chocolate spread or fruits such as strawberries and bananas.
JARDIN DU MONT DES ARTS AND PLACE ROYAL
Mont des Arts means “hill/mount of the arts” and at the end of 19th century, King Leopold II’s dream was to surround his palace with beautiful things. The garden offers one of Brussels’ magnificent views. The famous spire of the Town Hall in the Grand Place, statue of King Albert I, and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart with its green dome are clearly visible.
PALAIS ROYAL, BRUSSELS PARK AND PALACE OF THE NATION
Just a short walk from Place Royal is the official residence of the Belgian monarchy in Central Brussels. Palais Royal is used for state occasions and the royal apartments and suites are used by visiting heads of state. An important part of the royal collection consisting of mainly state portraits and important furniture of Napoleon, Leopold I, King Louis Philippe and Leopold II can be found.
In front of the palace is Brussels Park, the most central of the city’s main parks with tree-shaded walkways and is home to several public buildings and monuments. Facing the palace across the park is the Palace of the Nation. The Belgian Federal Parliament, the bicameral parliament of Belgium consisting of the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate, sits here.
CATHEDRAL OF ST. MICHAEL AND ST. GUDULA
From politics to religion, next stop definitely should be the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, a Roman Catholic Church which was given cathedral status in 1962. While the Archangel Michael is the patron of Brussels, the martyr saint Gudula is said to be the most worshipped patroness. A splendid Gothic edifice, the cathedral was often used for ceremonies of national interest, such as royal weddings and state funerals.