Visiting Brussels the capital of Belgium

  Jan 1st, 2019 
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Belgium, Featured

Brussels-Capital Region is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels which is the capital of Belgium. The Brussels-Capital Region is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish one, but is separate from them. Brussels has a population of 1.2 million while its metropolitan area counts over 2.1 million people, the largest in Belgium.

Brussels as European capital

Brussels is a little bit older than thousand years Brussels and grew from a small rural settlement on the river Senne. Meanwhile it has become an important city-region in Europe. After the Second World War, it became a major centre for international politics and the home of numerous international organisations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants. De facto it is the capital of the European Union, as it hosts a number of principal EU institutions, together with Luxembourg and Strasbourg. Also the secretariat of the Benelux and the headquarters of NATO are located in Brussels.

Brussels’ spoken languages

Originally Dutch-speaking, Brussels saw a language shift to French from the late 19th century. The Brussels-Capital Region is officially bilingual in Dutch and French. But French is now the de facto the main language with over 90% of the population speaking it. Brussels is also increasingly becoming multilingual. English is spoken as a second language by nearly a third of the population and a large number of migrants and expatriates speak other languages.

Brussels’ most striking specialties

Brussels is well known for its cuisine and gastronomy, as well as its historical and architectural landmarks; some of them are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Main attractions include its historic Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and cultural institutions such as La Monnaie and the Museums of Art and History. It is also a capital of the comic strip.

Quarters in Brussels with touristic importance

First of all there is the center with its cultural events and festivals between a combination of Gothic, Baroque, and Louis XIV styles on the Grand Place. In this area also there are well known occasions for eating as the Rue de Bouchers or several pubs for beer tasting. Here also the famous Brussels waffles are sold. Also in the center are the most gay and lesbian bars. Each year there is a successful gay pride in the city. The Rue Neuve and a lot of galleries are great for shopping. Further away from the center, in Elsene, there is the black neighbourhood, Matonge, with its typical African restaurants and groceries. In a neighbouring community, Etterbeek, you can explore the institutions of the European quarter. Buy the Brussels’ Hop On Hop Off pass to see as much as you want from Brussels in the most different corners of the city. At the other side of the city, in Laeken, you can visit the Atomium and other sights around the Heizel.

Traffic

Brussels developed a hate against the car with as a result that the biggest part of the center is now traffic free. It has a well developed public transport net so that you will never have to wait more than five minutes to continue your way through the city by bus, tram or metro.

Train

Most of the national trains use the North-South connection linking the most important railway stations of Brussels. This connection is under the ground so that you will seldom be aware of its existence while just walking through town. From the South station you can travel internationally with express trains.

Airport

The airport is in Zaventem on about 12km from the center. There is also an airport in Charleroi, in the province of Mons, which is especially used for cheap air travel. From the table below you should get an idea about the price of a ticket to Brussels when traveling from an other country.

Cheap flights to Brussels

Origin Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Warsaw

13.05.2020

17.05.2020

Tickets from 17

Paris

13.05.2020

20.05.2020

Tickets from 52

Athens

01.05.2020

04.05.2020

Tickets from 54

Budapest

06.05.2020

20.05.2020

Tickets from 55

Vienna

05.06.2020

07.06.2020

Tickets from 57

Bratislava

08.05.2020

11.05.2020

Tickets from 57

Sofia

22.05.2020

25.05.2020

Tickets from 61

Larnaca

29.05.2020

02.06.2020

Tickets from 65

Kiev

01.05.2020

04.05.2020

Tickets from 66

Gdansk

04.05.2020

14.05.2020

Tickets from 71

Tel Aviv-Yafo

04.05.2020

11.05.2020

Tickets from 71

Milan

28.12.2020

03.01.2021

Tickets from 75

Lisbon

17.01.2021

30.01.2021

Tickets from 77

Kazan

04.06.2020

11.06.2020

Tickets from 78

Bordeaux

05.07.2020

12.07.2020

Tickets from 81

Rome

18.09.2020

20.09.2020

Tickets from 83

Barcelona

07.09.2020

09.09.2020

Tickets from 83

Gerona

01.09.2020

04.09.2020

Tickets from 83

Saint Petersburg

06.05.2020

13.05.2020

Tickets from 83

Bucharest

04.10.2020

11.10.2020

Tickets from 88

Tallinn

17.07.2020

21.07.2020

Tickets from 90

Madrid

04.08.2020

19.08.2020

Tickets from 92

Moscow

06.05.2020

13.05.2020

Tickets from 93

Marseille

28.05.2020

31.05.2020

Tickets from 93

Alicante

21.09.2020

24.09.2020

Tickets from 95

Porto

09.06.2020

11.06.2020

Tickets from 97

Nice

02.06.2020

09.06.2020

Tickets from 97

London

19.06.2020

24.06.2020

Tickets from 98

Timisoara

01.05.2020

08.05.2020

Tickets from 102

Dublin

20.06.2020

28.06.2020

Tickets from 103

Helsinki

27.04.2020

04.05.2020

Tickets from 105

Wroclaw

25.07.2020

01.08.2020

Tickets from 106

Riga

01.10.2020

09.10.2020

Tickets from 107

Kaunas

25.04.2020

28.04.2020

Tickets from 111

Istanbul

26.05.2020

02.06.2020

Tickets from 114

Valencia

24.04.2020

26.04.2020

Tickets from 114

Oslo

13.07.2020

03.08.2020

Tickets from 124

Vilnius

02.07.2020

05.07.2020

Tickets from 124

Yerevan

08.06.2020

15.06.2020

Tickets from 133

Turin

26.12.2020

30.12.2020

Tickets from 139

Amsterdam

01.08.2020

08.08.2020

Tickets from 141

Minsk

22.04.2020

29.04.2020

Tickets from 146

Odessa

25.04.2020

29.06.2020

Tickets from 147

Kaliningrad

04.05.2020

10.05.2020

Tickets from 148

Tirana

31.08.2020

06.09.2020

Tickets from 150

Berlin

05.04.2020

12.04.2020

Tickets from 155

Bergen

16.09.2020

23.09.2020

Tickets from 158

Casablanca

11.08.2020

20.08.2020

Tickets from 162

Kharkiv

31.07.2020

23.08.2020

Tickets from 164

Lviv

01.12.2020

31.12.2020

Tickets from 164

Ljubljana

03.08.2020

06.08.2020

Tickets from 165

Podgorica

25.06.2020

29.06.2020

Tickets from 166

Munich

15.05.2020

21.05.2020

Tickets from 171

Tangier

06.07.2020

12.07.2020

Tickets from 179

Tbilisi

29.05.2020

03.06.2020

Tickets from 184

Algiers

05.04.2020

12.04.2020

Tickets from 186

Lamezia Terme

17.08.2020

22.08.2020

Tickets from 186

Krasnodar

14.05.2020

21.05.2020

Tickets from 188

Manchester

08.04.2020

13.04.2020

Tickets from 188

Zagreb

31.03.2020

02.04.2020

Tickets from 191

Astana

07.06.2020

14.06.2020

Tickets from 203

Rimini

05.06.2020

10.06.2020

Tickets from 205

Ekaterinburg

05.05.2020

12.05.2020

Tickets from 208

Chernovtsy

26.04.2020

28.06.2020

Tickets from 216

Bourgas

16.07.2020

27.07.2020

Tickets from 221

Rostov

03.05.2020

10.05.2020

Tickets from 231

Naberevnye Chelny

05.06.2020

07.06.2020

Tickets from 241

Ashford

01.04.2020

15.04.2020

Tickets from 248

Venice

18.04.2020

19.04.2020

Tickets from 257

Samara

15.04.2020

19.04.2020

Tickets from 259

Beziers

12.08.2020

12.08.2020

Tickets from 259

New York

19.06.2020

04.07.2020

Tickets from 262

Copenhagen

07.04.2020

12.04.2020

Tickets from 263

Perm

24.10.2020

30.10.2020

Tickets from 284

Iasi

18.04.2020

02.05.2020

Tickets from 286

Almaty

03.05.2020

10.05.2020

Tickets from 303

Mineralnye Vody

08.08.2020

30.08.2020

Tickets from 303

Krasnojarsk

20.04.2020

01.05.2020

Tickets from 305

Groznyj

28.06.2020

08.07.2020

Tickets from 309

Montreal

07.09.2020

30.09.2020

Tickets from 326

New Delhi

27.05.2020

03.06.2020

Tickets from 327

Belgorod

01.12.2020

31.12.2020

Tickets from 330

Barnaul

01.09.2020

09.09.2020

Tickets from 336

Naples

31.03.2020

14.04.2020

Tickets from 337

Bishkek

02.12.2020

05.12.2020

Tickets from 343

Nuremberg

03.04.2020

17.04.2020

Tickets from 349

Amman

23.09.2020

30.09.2020

Tickets from 356

Novosibirsk

03.08.2020

11.08.2020

Tickets from 359

Washington

01.06.2020

10.06.2020

Tickets from 368

Chisinau

05.04.2020

12.04.2020

Tickets from 369

Omsk

11.07.2020

20.07.2020

Tickets from 372

BAK

02.08.2020

06.08.2020

Tickets from 389

Boston

15.06.2020

22.06.2020

Tickets from 429

Seville

02.04.2020

16.04.2020

Tickets from 438

Beijing

23.11.2020

30.11.2020

Tickets from 438

Atlanta

12.08.2020

26.08.2020

Tickets from 444

Miami

13.07.2020

20.07.2020

Tickets from 451

Cancun

08.08.2020

22.08.2020

Tickets from 454

Bangkok

30.10.2020

06.11.2020

Tickets from 454

São Paulo

23.07.2020

10.09.2020

Tickets from 455

From New York US to Brussels BE

Departure date Return date Stops Airlines Find Ticket

25.07.2020

12.08.2020

Direct

Tickets from 793

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