Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Home to magical streets, beautiful monuments and Belgian chocolates, it makes the perfect destination for family and couple getaways.
The Belgian capital is a treat to the eyes in every season. During spring and summer, the days are longer and warmer with plenty of sunshine. Around this time of the year, you can visit all the city attractions, attend festivals and concerts and enjoy typical Belgian food. When autumn comes, the city gets filled with stunning colors, while during the colder months, Brussels transforms into a winter wonderland. The famous Christmas markets take over the capital and the smells of chocolate-coated nuts, spiced mulled wine and crepes fill the air.
Before exploring Brussels’ top attractions, it’s best to arrange your accommodation for the trip. One of the most recommended places to stay in the Radisson RED Hotel, Brussels. This fantastic hotel will provide you with the comfort you and your family or friends really deserve. All your needs will be taken care of by the hotel staff so that you can concentrate on making the most of your trip. If you book in advance, you’ll be able to take advantage of some incredible offers. There’s no time to waste! Now let’s discover what’s in store in the city.
The Grand Place and the Town Hall
Brussels’ main square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. In the old days, the area surrounding the Grand Place and Town Hall was Belgium’s centre of trade. The stunning cobbled main market square is the busiest place of the city, and a lot of business still happens here today. The Grand Place is surrounded by decorative 17th-century guild houses, the City Hall and the Maison du Roi (Brussels City Museum). Prepare to be awestruck while exploring the city centre and don’t forget to stop for some Belgian waffles topped with melted chocolate.
From the square, you can pop straight over to Manneken Pis and the gorgeous Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. They are within walking distance from the palace.
The adorable Manneken Pis (little peeing man in Flemish) is by far the most famous landmark of the city. The bronze fountain statue from the 17th century is just 61cm tall. It was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy, the Younger, and put into place in 1619. The Bruxellois are very fond of this statue and the small, charming sculpture is known for representing their sense of humor. Find a local bar nearby and sip chocolate-infused coffee whilst soaking in the culture.
La Monnaie Opera House is one of the leading theatres in Europe with three hundred years of history. This magnificent theatre and its architecture represent a rich cultural heritage. It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of opera or not, the illuminating interiors are still a great reason to visit this elegant theatre. Admire the beautiful auditorium and the bewitching foyers and staircases. You will come out of this opera house thoroughly enriched with musical history.
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is Belgium’s King and Queen’s official palace, despite them living elsewhere. Located just opposite the Parc de Bruxelles, or the Warandepark, (the city’s largest public garden), it boasts an impressive façade, built just after 1900 under the rule of King Leopold II. Stand in the Place des Palais, or the lush green surrounding gardens, to take it all in.
If you fancy exploring inside, you will be met with a majestic interior: fit, naturally, for a King. The pale, relatively simple walls are contrasted with bold, gilded chandeliers and lavish tapestries. Be sure not to miss the white marble staircase or the Mirror Room, whose ceiling is covered with 1.5 million jewel beetles.