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Brussels Attractions

Brussels is a wonderfully cosmopolitan city situated right at the heart of Europe. The capital of the European Union boasts a wealth of outstanding art galleries and museums as well as a stunning mix of architectural styles yet where Brussels really comes into its own is in the cafes brasseries and bars which thrive in every corner of the city. As you stroll around

the aromas of freshly made waffles vie for your attention with delectable displays in the windows of master chocolatiers while chalkboard menus tempt you with their famous steamed moules and frites.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Brussels

Centre Ville – Much of the Brussels buzz emanates from this elegant quarter of the city. Centred around the delightful Grand Place its splendid boulevards are a great jumping off point for exploring. For those looking for boutique shopping head to the Rue des Bouchers.

Kunstberg - Known as the Mont des Arts to French-speakers this area features some of Brussels’ finest museums and art galleries. Make a beeline here for the best views across the city.

Quartier du Sablon – Surely the prettiest corner of the city the Quartier du Sablon is a sublime mix of knowledgeable antique dealers and artisan chocolatiers.

Ixelles – The undulating streets of Ixelles offer visitors a glimpse of the real Brussels. From the vibrant immigrant district of Matonge follow the trail of hip bars and restaurants down the hill to Place Eugene Flagey and the beautiful Art Deco Maison de la Radio.

Things to See in Brussels

Whatever you plan to see in Brussels it’s important to start with the Grand Place. Considered by many to be the most beautiful square in Europe its stunning facades are simply captivating. No trip to Brussels is complete without the obligatory selfie in front of the Manneken Pis a cheeky fountain that’s come to be a symbol of the city. If you can resist the urge to stop for a waffle head on to the collection of museums known as the Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts or for something a bit quirkier pop round the corner to the exquisitely presented Museum of Musical Instruments.

Things to Do in Brussels

Stretch your legs with a half-day city tour on foot perhaps with some beer and food tastings along the way or even a visit to a chocolate workshop. Once you’ve seen the main sights in the centre you can head out to the suburbs and the imposing Atomium. The iconic spheres of this unique structure stand next to Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower - before you check your guidebook these are two of the miniature landmarks in Mini-Europe right next door. If you’ve planning an extended stay and want to head out of town for a while a full day tour to Antwerp or Bruges is well worth the effort. For those with an interest in history a visit to the battlefields of the First World War in Flanders offers a unique and moving window onto Belgium and Europe’s turbulent past.

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Where to stay in Brussels

Lower Town

Known for its interesting museums and fantastic breweries, there's plenty to explore in Lower Town. Top attractions like La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Bourse-Beurs Station or Anneessens Station to see more of the city.

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European Quarter

Travellers choose European Quarter for its great bars. Hop aboard the metro at Maalbeek-Maelbeek Station or Arts-Loi - Kunst-Wet Station and check out top sights like European Union Parliament Building.

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Upper Town

Upper Town is highly notable for its fantastic nightlife, and you might want to visit top sights like Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and European Union Parliament Building. See more of Brussels by jumping on the metro at Maalbeek-Maelbeek Station or Arts-Loi - Kunst-Wet Station.

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Quartier du Centre - Centrumwijk

If you're spending time in Quartier du Centre - Centrumwijk, you might enjoy attractions like La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's fascinating museums before hopping on the metro at Bourse-Beurs Station to see more of the city.

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Chatelain

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Chatelain. If sightseeing is on the list, Avenue Louise is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Trinité Tram Stop or Bailli Tram Stop to see more of the area.

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Quartier Midi-Lemonnier - Zuid-Lemonnierwijk

Quartier Midi-Lemonnier - Zuid-Lemonnierwijk is known for its abundant dining options, and you can get around the area by hopping on the metro at Anneessens Station.

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