BRUSSELS

The fascinating capital of Belgium and Europe is historic yet hip, bureaucratic yet bizarre, self confident yet unshowy and multicultural to its roots. These contrasts are multilayered – Francophone alongside Flemish, and Eurocrats cheek-by-jowl with immigrants.
SIGHTSEEING
One constant is the enviable quality of everyday life, with a café/bar scene that could keep you drunk for years. But Brussels doesn’t go out of its way to impress. The citizens’ humorous, deadpan outlook on life is often just as surreal as the classic canvases of one-time resident Magritte.



Musées Royaux

This astonishingly rich, global collection ranges from Ancient Egyptian sarcophagi to Meso-American masks, to icons to wooden bicycles. It’s worth having a clear idea what you want to see before coming or the sheer scope can prove overwhelming. Visually attractive spaces include the medieval stone carvings set around a neogothic cloister and the soaring Corinthian columns (convincing fibreglass props) that bring atmosphere to an original 420 AD mosaic from Roman Syria.

Eat and Drinks

Apart from mussels and fries, here are a few Belgian dishes you will find on a standard menu at a Belgian restaurant. They go well with a glass of Belgian beer. The taste, style and quality will vary but you will be sure to see two or three of them anywhere from beer cafés to modern style restaurants.

Nightlife

The nightlife for Brussels is relaxed and slightly quieter than other European cities but there are still some good places to go for dancing or just chilling with friends around a table with drinks. Lounge bars and clubs are the most popular and there is a focus on DJs playing good music, comfortable seats and good drinks.

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Bruges Day Trip


Discover two of Flanders' special gems on a full day trip to Ghent and Bruges. No visit to Belgium is complete without a visit to these two beautiful cities, just a short drive from Brussels. After a one-hour drive through the scenic Belgium countryside you'll arrive in Ghent. Here you will visit the St. Bavo Cathedral, home of the world-famous "Mystic Lamb" painting.

 

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