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Brussels - One week, two week itineraries

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"Brussels is a great place to spend some time if you're looking for good people, delicious food, strong beer, and smooth chocolate."seenicwander.com
"Brussels is one of the most fun, overlooked cities in Europe."traveladdicts.net
"Brussels is famous for its Art Nouveau architecture."luxurycolumnist.com
"Brussels is home to plenty of gothic architecture."travelsewhere.net
"Brussels is a great traveling choice-especially for foodies!"travelsofadam.com
"Brussels is one of the most under-rated European capitals."traveladdicts.net

Middle Belgium

Brusselss location

Brussels at a glance

Capital
Nightlife
Culture
Historic
Food
Art
Street Art
Architecture
Very Touristic
Shopping

1,020,000

Population

3-4 nights

Recommended

Expensive (5 of 5)

Level of costs

Around Brussels

Airports:

Antwerp International Airport (Deurne) (ANR)

Brussels Airport (BRU)

Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL)

Kondinskoye Airport (KXD)

About Brussels

Brussels’ fame as a political centre is well known, but it would be terrible if this reputation gave the impression that the Belgian capital was in some way one-dimensional. With its stylish shopping districts, incomparable beers and seafood and one of the finest squares in Europe, Brussels has far more to offer than it is often given credit for.

Spend your first morning on the Grand Place. Breakfasting outside in one of its cafés is the perfect way to soak into the atmosphere of this intriguing city. The wonderfully preserved architecture serves as a spectacular backdrop to the bustle, colour and humour of everyday life in central Brussels. Try to get here on a Sunday, when the anarchic flea market moves into town. As a focal point for the rest of the city, the Place also makes an ideal starting point for a day’s wandering. Take a walk through the seedy but charismatic Marolles to the south, where you’ll find the famous Manneken Pis, a bizarre representation of a young boy relieving himself. If you’re after something a bit flashier - go north to the splendid Upper Town. This plush area combines imposing architecture and grand boulevards with chic boutiques and designer department stores. All your shopping needs can be satisfied in the Galerie Saint Hubert, the Boulevard de Waterloo and the Rue Antoine Dansaert. The Upper Town is also the quartier that houses most of Brussels’ mammoth political bureaucracy - from Nato and EU headquarters to the country’s own national government. The political activity gives the area a great buzz, but there’s plenty of non-political interest here as well. Check out
Belgium’s most famous cartoon hero, Tintin, at the Comic Strip Centre in Horta’s Art Nouveau building. East of the Grand Place you’ll find the complementary Ancient Art Museum and Modern Art Museum, with the latter containing an impressive range of Magritte’s work.

After a hard day’s wandering, there’s no better way to unwind than in a Brussels seafood restaurant with one of the city’s famed beers. Head back towards the Grand Place and look for Rue des Bouchers, the city’s most impressive dining area. Choose from Lambic, Leffe, Chimay and a host of other brews before making some impossible decisions on the food menu. Will it be the straightforward but unbeatable "moule frites," the tempting shrimp croquettes or the rabbit simmered in gueze - another local speciality?

Things to do

Brussels is an enchanting winter destination thanks to its charming Christmas markets, sparkling lights throughout the city and wa

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15+ Things To Do In Brussels, Belgium (plan Belgium itineraries): What to Do, Eat, and Enjoy15+ THINGS TO DO IN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: WHAT TO DO, EAT, AND ENJ

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7. See Europe in Miniature

10. See The Old City Gate At Porte de Hal

12. See Art Nouveau in Saint-Gilles

1. Explore Grand Place

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Brussels is one of the most fun, overlooked cities in Europe. Cantillon Breweryis one of the best place

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Eat & drink

Brussels often gets overlooked as a capital city but I’ve always had an amazing time here. One question I always get asked though

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I first heard about Indus Pride early this year, from my India (plan India itineraries)n foodie guru, Apolina. If she said it was good, I knew I had to get

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L’Everest Nepalese and Indian Restaurant

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If we could only make it to one food festival, this would be the one. EAT! Brussels is a weekend-long celebration of the city’s re

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Worth to visit

. are surely on your list. At the same time, you’ll probably be wondering: is Brussels worth visiting? Located halfway between th

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Is Brussels Worth Visiting?

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As you may know by now I’m a little obsessed with researching a destination to death before I visit (maybe you are too – glad you’

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General

While tasting the Big 4 is enough for many casual tourists in Brussels, there is so much more to Belgium’s culinary history. The c

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To book a room at Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi now for mid January prices range from €72for a standard room wit

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Brussels is just like your typical European city. What makes it different than others is that it is the hub of the European Union.

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Itinerary

Belgium in Europe is a lovely country that is missed by many international tourists. My sister lives reasonably close by and often

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2-day Brussels itinerary

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If you’ve ever wondered what to do in Brussels in 2 days, then this Brussels itinerary will leave you confident in two things: Bru

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The Perfect 2-Day Brussels Itinerary

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Costs

Stay – The price of a hotel or hostel is quite different if you can book it in advance for some time. For a youth hostel ...

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There are plenty of ways to save your euros while eating during your weekend in Brussels! With so many snacks and street foods to

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The currency in Brussels is the Euro, as Belgium is part of the European Union. As it is home to the EU parliament, the city attra

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Accommodation

We’ve sorted the top hotels in Brussels by category, but most hotels are suitable for a variety of reasons, so we’ve created a tab

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Best Hotels Near Brussels Midi Station

Best Airport Hotels in Brussels

The Hotel

Jam Hotel

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In case you want to avoid center of Brussels but be close enough to go sightseeing, Molenbeek might be a good option. It’s a multi

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Where to stay in Ixelles

Where to stay in Saint Gilles

Where to stay in Schaerbeek

Where to stay in Uccle

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Where to Stay in Brussels: The Best Areas and Hotels for Your Interests From the energetic historic center to the charming outer

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Jam Hotel

Where to stay in Ixelles

Hotel Dansaert

Where to stay near Avenue Louise

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