Brussels has a strong French, slight Dutch and European influence mixed with the local flavor. Most of the locals use French language and the rest use the Dutch. A truly international city with a large population of foreigners, it is the seat of the European Union and many important organizations like the NATO, European Commission and the European Parliament operate from here.
Brussels is popular for its dark chocolate, beer, waffles and the alluring museums, Manneken Pis, and the Atomium. The streets of Brussels are flooded with pubs and beer breweries, most of them create their unique beers which are worth a try. The transportation around the city is very easy and hassle free with trams, metros and cycles. Brussels is a mixture of different people due to large number of immigrants. Situated in the middle of the Europe, Brussels has always been the centre of trade and thus has its pivotal importance in Europe.
Climate: Temperate climate, the spring begins in March to May and is bright and sunny during the day and cold at night. Carry light clothes along with scarf and jacket. Summers from June to August are warm requiring light clothes and sunscreen. Autumns from September to November are cool with moderate rains, carry slightly warm clothes. Winters from December to February are cold.
How to reach
By Air: There are two airports Brussels Airport and Brussels South Charleroi Airport. These are well connected to the city center.
By Train: Well connected railway network with 5 main stations. These connect Brussels to other major cities.
By Road: Brussels has well connected roads that integrate it to other cities.
Points of interest
Musical Instrument Museum (Brussels)
Location: Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Tuesday –Friday: 9:30AM–5PM
How to reach
By train, Metro, Tram, Bus
Located in the heart of the Brussels, this more than a century old world famous museum is dedicated to music and musical instruments. Opening the mesmerizing world of original and traditional musical instruments from all continents and different time periods, it exhibits nearly 900 instruments. Housed in the Art Nouveau building, the ground floor is dedicated to 19th and 20th century musical instruments. It has separate rooms dedicated to keyboards, renaissance era instruments, traditional Belgium, European, Scottish, African and electronic music instruments. The first level has instruments dating back to historic times till present day while another level has pianos, harpsichords, stringed instruments and much more. The restaurant at the top floor completes the charming tour making it an enthralling experience.
Location: Avenue de l'Atomium, Bruxelles, Belgium
Timings: All days 10 am -6 pm
How to reach: By Train, Metro
The Atomium was built as Brussels’ contribution to the World Fair in the year 1958 and it has now become popular as the symbol of Brussels in recent years. People love to get a picture of this iconic piece of art. Its design is unique which looks like a sculpture coming from another planet. It was designed as the representation of the atomic energy and its spheres are similar to the structure of an atom. Its eight levels that are spread over five spheres are open for public viewing. Two levels are dedicated to the permanent exhibition of Expo58. Three other levels are kept separate for temporary exhibitions involving design, architecture and society. Its top spherical chamber gives a 360 degree view of the city. There is a also a Panoramic restaurant at the top offering great gourmet experience.
Location: 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Timings: All days 9 am – 8 pm
How to reach: by Train or walking
This UNESCO world heritage site attracts millions of tourists around the globe every year with its state of the art architecture and beauty. From being a food and grocery market to one of the most important landmark of the country, the Grand Place has witnessed complete destruction and also spectacular resurrection that restored it to its original glory. It was destroyed during a French attack in 1695 and was rebuilt with its original ornamental and architectural style. It is the favorite place of people of Brussels to meet with friends and have a chat while sipping beer or wine.
Location: 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Timings: all days
How to reach:
By Car, Metro
Located in Brussels, this huge public park with triumph arch was built in 1880 to celebrate the Belgium independence. Spreading across 30 hectares, the park that is planned symmetrically has beautiful gardens with hedges of laurels. It hides many treasures like the statue of the Green dog, the Big Mosque and also the pavilion of Victor Horta’s human passions. It has been used for many purposes in Brussels like military parades and expeditions. Its surrounding buildings house the military museum, art and history museum and the auto world.
Royal Palace of Brussels
Location: Rue Brederode 16, B-1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Timings: Tues - Sunday 10am - 5pm July – September only
How to reach: By Train, Tram
The royal palace of Brussels is the home and work place of the king of Belgium where all the formal and informal duties are done. The palace is open to the public in the summer from July to September every year.
The palace is the true representative of royalty and lavish lifestyle; it has gone through renovation at the end of 19thcentury. The majestic interiors are breath taking and the imposing proportions create a mystic charm of opulence. The Empire room, the Anti-Chamber and the great staircase enthrall the visitors by their sheer beauty. The palace is used for major celebrations and other functions; it has the unique collection of personal belongings of powerful people like Napoleon, King Louis Philippe and Leopold.