Brussels is the major gateway for the country: it is on the main route heading inland from the Channel ports via the Flemish art towns and it is also a convenient stopover on the train between France and the Netherlands.

There are plenty of remarkable museums, delicious chocolate and a city centre divided into the upper and the lower town with a beautiful cathedral and the Grote Markt where you can enjoy various Belgian beers. Brussels requires a minimum of two nights to get a feeling for the city but an even longer stay should be planned if there is a festival in town. If you are looking for Beer, waffles and festivals you will definitely find them in abundance when you visit the attractive and exhilarating Brussels.

The Sunday Morning Market is a Brussels weekly tradition, this is according to the grapevine the largest of its kind in Europe. Fresh flowers, roasted chickens, low-priced clothing, unusual spices, and more are all among the best of the cross-section of different communities living in Brussels that youre likely to find.

Brussels’ miniature answer to the Eiffel tower and the Statue of Liberty is the statue “Mannekin Pis”. The name literally meaning "peeing little man." There is a small fountain spewing out from, well, his ... yes your guesswork is correct. Mannekin Pis commemorates the 16th-century legend of the little boy, Petit Julien, who saved Brussels from being completely destroyed by relieving himself on the flames.

The point of reference for most in the city is the Grand Place. Cobblestoned and now teeming with high-priced cafés and restaurants, the medieval square was reconstructed in the 17th century after being attacked by the French. When you get to the Brussels City Hall, “Hôtel de Ville”, count the windows spanning the first floor. When it was completed, the architect became conscious that he had a miscalculation in his design and added an extra window to one side of the building. In anguish, he threw himself off the buildings spire. At the end of June every year, the Grand Place is the site of “Ommegang”, a spectacular three-day pageant featuring classical music and laser lights. This takes place nightly all the way through the summer, with a carpet of flowers laid out August 15 to celebrate Assumption.

Place d’Espangne are well-liked among tourists. It is encircled by the elite Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and the Agora shopping gallery, which sells vintage and tie-dyed clothes, silver jewelery, and other alternative clothing. The square, Place de la Monnaie, is where the national opera house stands, it is also theoretically where the battle for Belgian liberation against the Dutch was fought and won in a single day. Today its superb for people-watching throughout the day, and is just a stones throw from the citys main street. The city’s main street is the most important thoroughfare; it shows the peculiarity of the Belgian spirit.

Palais des Beaux Art or the Bozar, as it is recognized, was Europes first multi-use arts centre when it opened in 1928. This magnificent arts centre was designed by renowned Belgian architect Victor Horta. The complex is now a dwelling to modern and classical music, theatre, dance, cinema and remarkable art exhibitions. Andy Warhol has been shown here as well as the Belgian impressionists and surrealists.

The modest museum Belvue, which is attached to the royal palace, tells the history of Brussels through its monarchs, beginning around 1832. It is also the introductory point for visiting the underground remains of the original Coudenberg Palace (Brussels seat of power from the 11th century) now hidden deep underneath the busy streets. Its a grand way to get a brief perceptive of the countrys expansion.

Brupark Theme park is a multifaceted park which includes an Imax cinema, a water park and Océade. The mini Europe brings together all the iconic landmarks of Europe together in miniature to a scale of 1:25 (Big Ben is 13ft tall). You can even see Vesuvius erupt or the Berlin wall fall. Its irresistible.
 

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