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BrusselsBelgium

Visit the capital of Belgium for its fantastic architecture, beautiful fine art and many museums. This very diverse city has something for everyone.

Brussels is also considered as the capital of Europe and is jam-packed with culture. It's home to many famous comic strip cartoonists, the famous Atomium and countless museums dedicated to historical and modern art.

Although the opinions differ, most historians believe that Brussels was a small settlement in the 10th century. What they do agree on is that the settlement slowly grew into a city and was partially destroyed in 1695 by King Louis XIV of France and fully rebuilt.

If you would like to combine history with shopping, the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert near Grote Markt are the place to be. You can admire extravagant window displays and pop into one of the Belgian chocolate shops. A few minutes to the south of Grote Markt you’ll find Manneken Pis, an absolute must, of course. Take photos of this cheeky little boy in the centre of the city.

More celebrities from Brussels can be found in the Comic Strip Centre which boasts works by Hergé, Franquin and Willy Vandersteen. Other top museums include the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Margritte Museum, both ideal if you want to mix a morning of shopping with an afternoon of culture.

Brussels has a compact city centre, making it easy to explore on foot. You can take the bus, the tube or park your car in one of the city's many parking garages if you come to the city by car. The city also has an extensive network of bicycle paths so you can also hire a bicycle.

The excellent train connections to many cities in the Netherlands make it easy to reach Brussels by public transport. If you prefer to come by car, follow the motorway to Antwerp. It's the quickest way to reach Brussels from the Netherlands!

This cosmopolitan city is packed with historic and cultural sights. A trip to Brussels is also easily combined with a day trip to Antwerp or Ghent.

Where to stay in Brussels

Top hotels in Brussels

Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Brussels National Airport, Zaventem
The price is £98 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb

Situated in Zaventem, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of NATO Headquarters, European Union Parliament Building and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Atomium and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,103 reviews)

"It was very quiet and our bed was super comfortable"…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020

Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
The Hotel
The Hotel
4 out of 5
38 Boulevard de Waterloo, Brussels
The price is £164 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Located in Upper Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon and Law Courts of Brussels. Church of Our Blessed ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)

"It is a nice hotel, well placed. Rooms are modern but a bit small."…"

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2020

The Hotel
NH Brussels Airport
NH Brussels Airport
4 out of 5
De Kleetlaan 14, Diegem, Machelen
The price is £58 per night from 17 Feb to 18 Feb

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from NATO Headquarters and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc. Brussels ...

4.2/5Very Good! (940 reviews)
Very convenient

"Enjoyable stay at a very convenient location near BRU Zaventem Airport. The only negative was the lack of shuttle (substituted for a taxi service - due to the pandemic). Modern, comfortable and spacious room. Varied and very tasty breakfast. Friendly and very accommodating staff at the reception ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2020

NH Brussels Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Brussels

Secret Suites Brussels Royal
Secret Suites Brussels Royal
3.5 out of 5
The price is £70 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb

Located in Upper Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cirque Royal, Brussels Park and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Royal Museums of Fine ...

4.2/5Very Good! (97 reviews)
Great place with sauna

"Amazing place! No faults"…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2019

Secret Suites Brussels Royal
B-aparthotel Regent
B-aparthotel Regent
3 out of 5
Boulevard Du Regent 58, Brussels
The price is £64 per night from 12 Feb to 13 Feb

Located in Upper Town, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Claridge and Brussels Park. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Belgian Comic Strip ...

4.1/5Very Good! (494 reviews)
Great location for business trip to Brussels

"Great location close to metro and one of my top choices for a business trip"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2020

B-aparthotel Regent
Appart'City Confort Bruxelles Centre Gare du Midi
Appart'City Confort Bruxelles Centre Gare du Midi
3.5 out of 5
38A rue Rossini, Brussels
The price is £52 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Located in the heart of Brussels, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cantillon Brewery, Manneken Pis Statue and La Grand Place. Brussels Stock Exchange ...

4.4/5Excellent! (362 reviews)
Fantastic staff, very comfy accommodation

"Staff are amazing, very helpful and friendly. This is an excellent Appart'City the rooms are very comfortable and spacious. Good bathroom with great shower. Kitchen area very useful with Hob, Microwave, Fridge and small dishwasher. I would definitely stay here again and can highly recommend this ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2020

Appart'City Confort Bruxelles Centre Gare du Midi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Brussels

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

Usually this is a great place to spend a few days. However, all cafés, restaurants, museums etc are now closed because of the coronavirus, and non food shops are closed at weekends.

4/5 - Good

Hannah

12 Mar 2020

Brussels is a beautiful city with great architecture. Only downside is that it’s quite expensive there.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2020

A building site, lovely when finished I'm sure. Town centre a bit dirty sadly

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

1 Mar 2020

Not really safe as a capital

5/5 - Excellent

Ian

23 Feb 2020

Well hidden ‘secret’, an ‘unusual’ place to visit well worth visiting.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Feb 2020

The Sandemans free walking tour was a great way to get to know the main city sights - you just pay what you think it's worth :-) A quick visit the the EU parliament was interesting and very welcoming - so sad that the UK has left :-(

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