Brussels, capital of European Union

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Brussels is the capital of European Union, and the capital of Belgium. Brussels is home to the European Parliament and the European Commission, which brings professionals from all over the world. One of the main characteristics of Brussels is the multiculturalism, according to the official website of the city of Brussels, https://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm/4389 , there are 163 different nationalities living in this city.

City trips were made very popular lately thanks to low cost flights but also new companies which provide affordable bus tickets all over Europe. The large choice of hotels, hostels, airbnb, couchsurfing and many others make it available and affordable even when you travel on a budget. Make Brussels your next city trip destination to learn more about Europe, discover Belgian culture, enjoy the delicacies and meet the multicultural inhabitants.

Landmarks of Brussels

Through its landmarks, Brussels offers culture, history, architecture, art and amazement. As a human size city, walking from one monument to another is the greatest way to discover this fascinating city. I chose to depict you a few places which I believe are the most important, but there are so many others to see. You may find more information on the website https://visit.brussels/en

Grand Place

Grand Place is in the heart of the old city, is a main tourist attraction and a must see during your visit. Surrounded by beautiful and ancient buildings, which house museums, city hall, many restaurants, bars, chocolate shops, souvenir shops, is the theater of many events all year round.  The flower carpet, balloons day parade, zineke parade, taptoe Brussels, Brussels jazz marathon, the beer weekend, to mention just a few. The most important upcoming event of the season is the Christmas market called Plaisir d’hiver, with lights and Christmas decoration, a wonderful Christmas tree in the middle of the Grand Place, small chalets that sells delicious foods and the traditional hot wine. I believe it is the best time to visit Brussels.

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City Hall on the Grand place

 

King’s house on Grand Place

 

Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert

The Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert is a shopping arcade, first of its kind in Europe and the model for The Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery in Milan and The Passage in St Petersburg. Divided by the Rue Des Bouchers, which is a street with many restaurants, offering a large choice of foods,  into the queen’s gallery, the king’s gallery and the prince’s gallery. Luxury fashion shops, luxury Belgian chocolate shops, famous cafes, Royal Theater of the Galleries, is what you can find in this elegant 19th century monument.

The entry into the Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert

The entry into the Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert

 

Inside the Galleries

Inside the Galleries

The St Michel and St Gudula cathedral

This imposing and beautiful Gothic style Cathedral located near the Brussels Central Station, dedicated to St Michel and St Gudula, will amaze you with its outstanding structure. St Michel is the saint patron and protector of the city of Brussels and St Gudula it is also the saint patron of the city of Brussels, she was merciful towards the poor and she dedicated the last part of her life to fast and prayer. Royal wedding ceremonies are held in this cathedral, the current Belgian royal couple Phillipe and Mathilde got married here in 1999.

St Michel and St Gudula cathedral

St Michel and St Gudula cathedral

 

The Royal Place

The Royal Place is the art and cultural  center of Brussels, with many museums and art expositions. Magritte Museum, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Belvue museum, and the church of Saint Jacques-sur-Coudenberg are the principal buildings surrounding the beautiful Royal Place. It is located at a few minutes walking from the Grand Place and near the Park. In the center of the Royal Palace you can admire the statue of Godfrey of Bouillon, who was a Frankish knight, a leader crusader in 1096 and the lord of Bouillon, a town in south of Belgium.

The Royal Place

The Royal Place

European Quarter of Brussels

The European Quarter of Brussels is a must see, if you want to learn more about the European Union. Brussels is hosting the European Commission, the European Parliament, Council of the European Union and the European Council. Each one of them are housed by imposing and modern buildings which contrasts the heritage of old architecture characteristic to Brussels. You can visit The Parlamentarium, free of charge, which is an information forum about European Union. It is located next to The European Parliament.

European Commission

European Commission

 

The European Parliament

The European Parliament

 

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Parlamentarium

Delicious Brussels

Is there a better and more pleasurable way of discovering a new city, other than experiencing it through your taste buds? I don’t think so!

Belgian Chocolates

Belgian pralines and chocolates are famous all around the world. I bet that when you inform your friends and family about your trip to Brussels they will ask you to bring back chocolates. High quality products and the Belgian savoir faire result in a fine, appreciated and elaborated chocolate. Leading and luxury shops in their field, such as Neuhaus, Godiva, Marcolini, and many others can be found everywhere in Brussels for pampering your taste buds and bring a taste of delicious Brussels to your friends and family back home.

Neuhaus chocolate shop in the Royal Galleries of St Hubert, since 1857

Neuhaus chocolate shop in the Royal Galleries of St Hubert, since 1857

Belgian Beer

Hundreds of different types of beer, from different region of Belgium are gathered in Brussels for you to discover. The best way to be introduced with the beverage is in the local authentic bars which you can find around Brussels city center. The most popular bar for beer is Delirium, with more than 6000 beers from every corner of the world, so make sure you ask for a Belgian beer. Cheers!

Delirium Cafe

Delirium Cafe

Belgian Waffles

This traditional and exquisite desert, can be found all around Brussels. You can enjoy it simple or with delicious toppings such as ice-creams, chocolate, wiped cream and fresh fruits. Indulge in the delicacy of the Belgian waffle.

Belgian waffle

Belgian waffle

French Fries are actually Belgian

The main savory Belgian delicacy are the french fries. They can be consumed as a main dish accompanied by the wide range of sauces, the most popular  ones being mayonnaise and ketchup. Or they can be enjoyed as a side dish in the famous Belgian meals: steak, frites, salad, with mussels, or vol au vent which can be found in the menu of every Belgian restaurant. Antoine house located on Place Jourdan in Brussels is the most famous place for the authentic french belgian fries.

Typical french fries shops around the Grand Place

Typical french fries shops around the Grand Place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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