Brussels, Belgium guide -Travel Places and things to do
Brussels is the region of Belgium comprising the capital city of Belgium and eighteen other municipalities. Brussels is characterized by significant architectural designs. Most parts of the area are at a walking distance; therefore Brussels is a beautiful place to visit when you do not intend to tour a whole lot.
While bordering the North Sea, Brussels is located in the western part of Europe. It is bordered by the Flemish region as well as the Wallonia region. Brussels’ lower town is situated in Senne Valley which encloses the two regions.
Best time to go
The best time to visit Brussels is the summer. This is the time of the year when the city is a little warm and gracious due to the reflections of the shining sun. Visiting Brussels in August coincides with the popular Flowertime event; a notable event which brings out the exciting and fun side of Brussels outside. It is usually raining in Brussels either way, so be prepared for that as you visit the historical region.
- The city of Brussels is often referred to as the de jure capital of Belgium.
- You can do a whole lot by walking around Brussels in a day.
- The official languages spoken in Brussels are French and Dutch.
- Euro is the official currency of Brussels.
- English is also widely spoken in Brussels.
- It takes roughly an hour to travel from the UK to Brussels.
- In the case of emergency, dialing 112 links you with Brussels’ emergency service.
- Most of the signs and instruction in public places are written in Dutch and French.
What to do:
- Grand place; it is one of the places you should be during your visit to Brussels thanks to it being the region’s largest marketplace.
- The Horta Museum is filled with rich, exciting artistic wonders that will leave you impressed.
- Visiting Brussels’ central square gives you a truly unique architectural experience.
Where to eat:
One thing you don’t want to miss during your visit to Brussels is the richness of food in this region. Brussels citizens are used to eating good food, and eating them so well!
- Mokafe is an old-fashioned but a beautiful place to eat during your visit to Brussels.
- One of the most accessible places to take local Brussels’ food is Restaurant Vincent located in Rue des Dominicains.
- You can find classic Belgian food at Aux Armes de Bruxelles.
- Walking down Rue Fosse aux Loups 32 leads you to the popular Belga Queen restaurant which prides itself on Belgian classics.
Where to shop
- Rue Antoine Dansaert is a famous street known for its shopping features.
- Chain stores can be found in Rue Neuve, which is close to Brussels North station.
If you have time:
- There are lots of Heritage museums at the Musee du Cinquantenaire. It is a great place to behold wonderful historical collections.