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The city is really a fabulous gateway towards the charm and class of European culture. You will find a significant quantity of great activities to take part in and thus many glorious sights and sounds that the senses are going to be inundated with beauty. By taking in the city, you're in for any real treat. This region might be renowned for its Belgian waffles and tasty chocolate, but you will find a lot more special treats that you're sure to enjoy. The museums are splendid, and also the night life is sensational. The abundance of bars and nightclubs will impress the most seasoned European traveler. The location exhibits a combination of numerous cultures, and also the people are open-minded and quite hospitable whenever you approach all of them with questions.
 
Brussels is stylish, eccentric, mysterious, passionate and boho but its also secretive, old fashioned and quintessentially West European in nature. Apart from a buzzing food culture witnessed in its street cafes and fine dining restaurants, the city possesses a series of art-deco bars, swish pubs and swanky nightclubs, where the party never ends.
 
The wealth and recognition of the city has changed within the decades, but since the Universal Exposition and World's Fair were held within 1958, the town has witnessed much more tourism. Within the mid-to-late 1800s, the city was an insanely dynamic city, filled with existence and overflowing with charm. Consequently, the region would be a tourist hub. But The city was tainted through the two World Wars. The Spanish people occupied the region two times and virtually destroyed the import, export, and tourism from the city. The powerless Belgian government was made to watch its most beloved city decline in a terrible rate. The city makes a mighty comeback since 1958, and within the last forty-plus years, it's been an enormous draw with world vacationers. Tourism reaches an exciting-time high, and everybody who visits can quite want to return soon. Although it might be correct that the town is sort of hard to navigate, you will definitely have an enjoyable experience looking to get around! The town is protected, and exploring it's a lovely experience.
 
Docking & Local Transportation
Since the city is inland, cruise ships pier in the Port of Zeebrugge or farther away in Antwerp cruise port  around the shores from the North Sea. The city is roughly 125km in the port, and there's ample bus transportation to consider you to definitely the city.
 
The city is offered by a competent public bus and metro system, and route maps can be found free with the S.T.I.B), the condition trains and buses office. If you want to rent a vehicle during the city, you'll have many rental agencies competing for the business. Taxi run is prevalent in the city.
 

Getting Around
On Foot: Once in the city center, it's easy to walk between Brussels' main attractions -- just remember to pack comfortable shoes for navigating the cobblestones.
 
By Public Transportation: When you get tired of walking, hop onto Brussels' efficient Metro system, which operates subways, trams and buses. You can purchase single ride tickets or an unlimited day pass.
 
By Taxi: There are many taxi stands throughout the city, particularly near major rail stations and hotels. You can also hail cabs from the street, but it may be difficult to find one during rush hour. To make a booking in advance, call Taxis Bleus at +32-2-268-0000. Learn more about the taxi system in Brussels on the website of "Service regional des Taxis et Limousines."
 
By Car: We don't recommend using a car in Brussels, as navigating the crowded streets can be more trouble than it's worth, and efficient train service is available both within the city and to most of the surrounding cities and towns. That said, Auto Europe, Avis and other major rental agencies offer multiple pickup locations in Brussels. Expect to pay at least $35 a day.
 
 
Things to do & see
The Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, situated on Rue de la Regence 3 is really a amazing museum featuring the whole shebang of Brueghel, Rubens, Van Gogh, and much more masters of European art. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and it is a highlight associated with a sightseeing visit to the city.
 
The Grand Place is situated in the heart of town and it is the meeting place and cultural heartbeat of the city. Everybody from kids towards the seniors gather here to socialize with buddies and find out the sights. There's no dull moment in the Grand Place, and between your several weeks of April and September, you will find nightly music and lightweight implies that are perfect. The entire ambiance is dazzling, and each day you are able to stroll with the flower market and become overcome through the glorious colors and beautiful aroma. In December, a luxuriant Christmas tree, decorated wonderfully, stands tall around the steps of the town hall. Holiday shows along with a manger with real grazing sheep increase the splendor and benefit of this center.
 
The Center Belge de la Bande Dessinee (The Belgian Caricature Center) is situated at Rue des Sables 20. Frequently disregarded by American grownups as junk reading through, comics have grown to be extremely popular in Belgium, especially in the city. They've been accepted being a talent so that as a teaching mechanism for kids who've reading through problems or perhaps an initial disinterest in reading through. Consequently, the very best comic artists in Europe make contributions for this wonderful establishment, and you will find over 25,000 remarkable cartoon works inside the walls from the Caricature Center. Victor Horta designed the exquisite architecture from the building in 1906. A Skill Nouveau brasserie as well as an enjoyable caricature store is visible here, too
 
Attractions
 
Brussels is a city of contrasts with enormous diversity when it comes to places of interest and things to do. Below we've listed a few of those sights from museums & monuments to parks & points of interest. Although this list is by no means exhaustive, we feel it represents a genuine sampling of the diversity Brussels has to offer travelers. After all, you've got to start somewhere!
 
Monuments
 
Grand Place
The Grand Place, with its ornate baroque and gothic guild houses, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Built as a merchants market in the 13th century, it serves as the city center and a great place to enjoy Belgian hospitality at one of the many terrace cafes. It is also a venue for many concerts & events throughout the year and during the warmer months has a vibrant, daily flower market.
 
Town Hall (Hotel de Ville)
The first building you notice upon entering the Grand Place is the striking gothic town hall, which dates back to the 13th century. Its beautiful facade features the famous needle-like crooked spire which is 315 feet in height and is topped by the archangel St. Michael. Tours are available of the interior, which contains 15th century tapestries and works of art.
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The Royal Palace (Palais Royal)
The official home of the Belgian king, you will always know if he is in the country when you see the Belgian flag flying on top of the building. The building is a highlight of Neo-Classical architecture and overlooks Brussels Park. The Royal Palace is open to the public during the summer months.
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Manneken Pis
 This famous statue of a little boy peeing in a fountain is a perfect representative of the irreverent Belgian humor. The unique Brussels icon has been amusing visitors on the corner of Rue de L'Etuve & Stroofstraat since 1619. Over time it has become a tradition for visiting heads of state to donate miniature versions of their national costume for the little naked boy. The wardrobe of Mannekin Pis can be seen at the Brussels museum and includes over 760 outfits – even an authentic Elvis jumpsuit.
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Coudenberg
An underground trail to discover the remains of King Charles the Fifth's palace. A fascinating walk under Place royale to discover the remains of the Coudenberg Palace, one of the main residences of Charles V in the past.

The former Hoogstraeten house - and its magnificent and entirely renovated gothic gallery - houses the Museum of the Coudenberg where you'll be able to admire the most beautiful archaeological discoveries of the last 25 years of the Coudenberg excavations history...
Galeries St Hubert
This gorgeous, glass roofed arcade in the center of town, lined with cafes, theaters and luxury stores has the distinction of being the first shopping arcade in Europe. Built in 1847 and recently renovated, the Royal Galleries (Galerie de la Reine, du Roi and du Prince) are one of the most astonishing places to visit in Brussels.
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Atomium
Built for the 1958 World Fair, the Atomium represents a molecule's nine atoms – magnified 165 billion times. Something of a symbol of the city, it provides a panoramic view of Brussels and its surroundings. The 9 spheres that make up the “atom†are linked by escalators. The Atomium hosts a museum and is also a venue for special events.
In Summer : take part in a unique activity: a Death-Ride from the top sphere of the Atomium! A breathtaking descent of more than 100 meters!
 
Cathedral of Saints Michel and Gudule
This magnificent cathedral, tactfully dedicated to the male and female patron saints of Brussels, is located near Central Station. It was completed by the end of the 15th century in the Brabant Gothic style, but was damaged by the French shelling of 1695. The white stone facade is from the year 1250 and the interior is splendidly proportioned and stuffed with treasures.
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Place du Grand Sablon
This picturesque square is situated on the slope that divides Brussels between the upper and lower halves of the city. Decked out with chic boutiques, al fresco cafes, fashionable restaurants, and trendy bars, the Grand Sablon is most famous for its lively open-air antiques market which attracts antiques dealers from all over the world. Open every weekend (Sat 9-6, Sun 9-2).
 
Place du Petit Sablon
Just above the Grand Sablon is the jewel of a square - Petit Sablon. Originally a horse market, it was converted in 1890 into an elegant & charming flower garden with lavish fountains, surrounded by wrought-iron fences decorated with stone statuettes. Each figure represents a medieval trade or craft that brought prosperity to Brussels. Today it is a favorite area to relax while taking in the pretty view.
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Rue de Bouchers
Known more for the atmospheric charm, Rue de Boucher is a walking thoroughfare abounding with 17th century stepped gables, decorated doorways, cafes and restaurants with lavish pavement displays of seafood, piled high on mounds of ice. This street offers a wide variety of restaurants at various price points. Two of the most well known restaurants are Chez Leon and Aux Armes de Bruxelles.
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The Museum of Ancient Art
The Museum of Ancient Art has got a vast collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings from the 15th until 18th century. Built up around a core of revolutionary captures and deposits of the French state, this collection was constantly enriched by the acquisitions, but also by gifts and legacies of numerous patrons. The paintings of the Ancients of the southern Netherlands make up an essential part of this collection (Rogier van der Weyden, Petrus Christus, Dirk Bouts, Hans Memling, Jérome Bosch, Bruegel, Pierre-Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens, Antoine van Dyck).
The visit also includes an exceptional collection of terra cotta "modelli" from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as a beautiful series of paintings representing foreign schools.
 
Magritte Museum
In the building of the Royal Museums for Fine Arts of Belgium, visitors will be able to discover the world's largest collection of René Magritte's works. The collection is a perfect proof of René Magritte's oeuvre and covers all the periods from his life. The works on display, among which his most important masterpieces, are mainly from the legacies of Irene Scutenaire-Hamoir and Georgette Magritte and from purchases made by the Royal Museums for Fine Arts of Belgium, completed with works on loan from private persons.
 
 
MIM (The Museum of Musical Instruments)
The Museum of Musical Instruments is a strikingly beautiful building in Brussels combining the architectural styles of Neo-Classic and Art Nouveau. Housed in the museum is a collection of more than 7000 instruments of varying kinds and origins. On the top floor, the indoor & outdoor MIM Restaurant provides visitors with a magnificent 360° view of Brussels.
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Museum Horta
The former home of Art Nouveau's best-known architect, Victor Horta, is now the Horta Museum - a showcase of stained glass and subway tile, pale wood and wrought iron whose every corner seems magically bathed in golden sunlight.
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The Dinosaur Gallery at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Explore the largest dinosaur museum in Europe on permanent display at the Museum of Natural Sciences starting on October 27. This is a great exhibit for the whole family, with many new dinosaur skeletons to discover and learn about as well as hands-on activities for children.
 
The Belgian Center for Comic Strip Art
Housed in an art nouveau masterpiece designed by Victor Horta, this museum pays homage to a particular Belgian passion, cartooning. Tintin and the Smurfs are the most famous Belgian comic strip characters but the museum also displays artwork from over 670 cartoonists. Other displays detail the stages of putting together a comic strip, from examples of initial ideas and pencil sketches through to final publication. Arranged over three levels, the museum also has a library and an art nouveau brewery.
Discover the centre of Brussels and its inhabitants by following the Comic Strip Route and admiring comic strip façades, walls and statues.
 
Dining Out
Lately, the city has possessed a restaurant revival of sorts. Out of the blue, you will find numerous top-notch dining institutions found in the center from the city. This really is refreshing, which great spots are now being cheated by local people and vacationers alike. Rental properties in Lorraine are available at Chaussée de la Hulpe 28 featuring outstanding cuisine that's devoured by numerous American vacationers who go through the city. A few of the favorite products are quail, duckling, red-colored mullet, and bread and meat combinations which are tasty. La Truffe Noire is situated at Boulevard de la Cambre 12 and mixes remarkable French and Italian cuisines perfectly. Associated the attractive restaurant is really a fabulous garden. Two best dishes would be the lamb encrusted in pie crust along with a pigeon offered with truffles.
 
Chez Moeder Lambic is situated at Rue de Savoie 68 and it is the premier bar for sampling Belgian ales. They're saying to possess 600 available whatsoever occasions, in addition to 100s of other ales from around the globe. Mirano Continental is situated at Chaussée de Louvain 38 and it is a fancy and classy dance club that's very popular.
 
Shopping
The shopping in the city is spectacular, and also the best mall for Belgian style is Inno, situated at Rue Neuve 111. Godiva are available at Grand Place 22 and it is the full of proper chocolate. It appears regardless of the number of gift chocolate packages you purchase for the buddies home, you'll finish up eating all of them before you even reach your hotel, and they’re all so scrumptious.
 
The city's finest antique stores can be found in the neighborhood surrounding Place du Grand Sablon -- and if you're in town on a weekend, don't miss the antique market held on the square in front of Notre Dame du Sablon. If you'd rather take home a little piece of Belgian haute couture, head for Avenue Louise, a major shopping artery packed with chic boutiques and high-end department stores.



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