Languages: French and Dutch
Best Time to Visit: May to September
Time Zone: UTC+1/+2
Driving Side: Right Side
Main Attractions: Grote Markt, The Atomium, Manneken Pis, Royal Palace, Brussels Park, Mini Europe Park, Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Brussels is the largest city as well as the capital of Belgium. The significance of the city can be estimated from the fact that it is often considered to be the de facto capital of the European Union as it hosts key EU institutions such as the Commission, Parliament and the Council. Apart from this, many other important European organizations are also headquartered in the city. NATO is also based in Brussels. The city also offers a number of tourist attractions.
Amongst the treasures of tourist attractions offered by Brussels is the Grote Markt (Dutch) or Grand Place (French), which is the central market square of the city. It is surrounded by guild houses, city’s Town Hall and Bread House. It is the most significant landmark in Brussels and is also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Atomium is another monument worth seeing in the city. It was built for 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and provides a panoramic view of the city. It is a structure made of steel spheres and iron crystals.
Besides, Manneken Pis is a famous Brussels landmark. It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. The Royal Palace of Brussels is a must visit places for all. It is the official palace of the King of Belgians but is not used as a royal residence. Just in front of the palace lies the Brussels Park. The Mini Europe Park located at the foot of Atomium is yet another attractive monument. Around 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented in the park along with several live action models. Moreover, the national Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Brussels is one of the largest churches in the world.
The city of Brussels houses over 40 museums. Royal Museum of Fine Art is one of the most famous museums of Belgium. It houses over 20,000 drawings, sculptures and paintings, dating from the early 15th century to the present. The Comic Museum exhibits full range of comic art including science fiction, Wild West, crime and politics as well as children's comics. Apart from this, the other museums worth visiting in the city are Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the Army, etc.
If you are visiting Brussels, then rest assured, as the city has no dearth of entertainment options. From thriving nightlife to adventurous day trips, Brussels has got something for everyone. The art and culture lovers can visit places like Brussels Theater and La Monnaie Theatre and the opera house. Besides, there are a number of concert halls, music bars and techno clubs in the city, which prove to be exciting entertainment options for the visitors. Here, you can enjoy live music anytime and lose yourself in the spirit of the city.