Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium, it is also unofficially known as the capital city of Europe. A bilingual city it inhabits people who speak both French and Dutch. This is a flourishing, cosmopolitan city, with one of the best museums, art and architecture, a sublime eatery scene and a sprightly nightlife. Brussels offers a plethora of things for its tourists. It is full of merriments and amusements for the entertainment of its guests. Here is a concise area guide for the people who wish to visit Brussels.
Brussels has a slew of landmarks, the most important amongst them being the Grand Palace or the Grote Mart. An architectural marvel the palace is famous for its luxuriant guildhalls. It also houses the Museum of the City of Brussels. A few meters from the Grand Palace one can find the iconic bronze statue the Manneken Pis. The city also has a beautiful garden called the Jubelpark which houses the Cinquatenaire museum and the Royal Military museum. Brussels is home to numerous landmarks such as the Atomium, the Palais de Justice, the Statue of Europe and the Palais Royale de Bruxelles.
Museums and Galleries
Museums and Galleries give you an insight into the culture and history of a place. It just so happens that Brussels has fourteen museums to offer. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium consists of paintings from the 14th to 20th century and displays paintings by artists such as Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Rubens, etc. The Natural Sciences Museums of Belgium has some remarkable collections including its famous collection of iguanodons (remains of dinosaurs). The Belgian comic strip centre is also one of the most visited destinations of Brussels which beautifully elucidates the evolution of comics. You can also visit the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Musée du Cinéma-Filmmuseum (Museum of Filmmaking) and the Museum of Instruments.
As the Second World War came to an end Brussels became the heart of many International Institutions. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the World Customs Organization and the EUROCONTROL, all have their headquarters in Brussels. Apart from these international Institutions, it currently hosts the seat of the European Commission, the council of European Union and the European Parliament. It is also known as the de-facto capital of the European Union.
Eateries, Breweries, and Nightlife
Brussels has a rich food culture, specially the famous Belgian Cafe culture, to get a first-hand feel of it head over to Fin de Siècle to taste the hearty flavors of Belgium cuisine. To get the feel of an authentic Flemish café-bar, try Café Merlo. Another hotspot of Brussels is Madame Moustache. This place is famous for its lively music and themed evenings. Breweries and Brussels are practically synonymous. The city has a range of excellent breweries, not only do they serve beautifully brewed ales but also teach you how to brew your own. The Cantillon and Brewspot are a must visit. Also do not forget to try the famous Belgian waffles, chocolates and the beer.
Despite the city being friendly towards the tourists, there are a couple of things to keep in mind though for a safe and pleasurable trip. It’s always better to be safe as petty crimes are common in Brussels. Plan your stay efficiently and make sure you carry all your travel documents. Every corner of Brussels has a lot to offer and has an amazing story to tell.