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.
Capital of Belgium
Approx. 990 000
- Public transport
Well-developed network consisting of: 20 tram, 6 Metro and over 50 bus lines.
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.
Brussels Airport, approx. 12 km outside the city centre.
The bus depot is below the Arrivals Hall. The Airport Line takes approx. 30 minutes to the city centre.
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.
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.