Brussels is made up of lots of different pieces, like a mosaic – it is a blend of medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau and futuristic architecture.

And the inhabitants themselves are a cheerful mix of tongue-in-cheek humour, nonchalance, joie de vivre and – above all – a passion for good food. At first sight, Brussels is probably not the prettiest of cities; it has been mercilessly torn down, renovated and rebuilt. However, look behind the scenes and you’ll see its liveliness, the dynamic cultural life and the unbridled avant-garde spirit.

Brussels is really best explored on foot so as not to miss anything – and with a few of the Mary Chocolatier's chocolates in your bag. They taste just as good on Brussels’ trendiest street, the Rue Antoine-Dansaert, as on the medieval Grand Place or the small quarter of Saint-Jacques, home to the little bronze figure of the constantly peeing Manneken Pis.

City Facts

  • Location

    Capital of Belgium

  • Population

    Approx. 990 000

  • Size

    161.4 km²

  • Public transport

    Well-developed network consisting of: 20 tram, 6 Metro and over 50 bus lines.

  • Climate

    Moderately cool climate zone with a maritime climate.

  • Best time to visit

    June to August.

  • Good to know

    Belgium’s only officially bilingual city.

  • Nice to know

    Not only does Belgium’s royal family live in Brussels, but it’s also the home of the Schtroumpfs (Smurfs), Tintin and his dog Snowy, and Lucky Luke.

  • Airport

    Brussels Airport, approx. 12 km outside the city centre.

  • Bus

    The bus depot is below the Arrivals Hall. The Airport Line takes approx. 30 minutes to the city centre.

  • Railway

    The station is directly under the Terminal. Up to 6 trains an hour connect the airport to the stations Brussels North, Brussels Central and Brussels Midi.

  • Taxi

    The taxi rank is outside the Arrivals Hall. The journey from the airport to the city centre costs approx. € 45. Licensed taxis can be identified by the blue and yellow emblems. Avoid unlicensed taxis.