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

Budapest

09.10.2019

17.10.2019

Tickets from 18

Warsaw

08.11.2019

12.11.2019

Tickets from 18

Timisoara

15.10.2019

19.10.2019

Tickets from 24

Barcelona

10.10.2019

15.10.2019

Tickets from 24

Gerona

10.10.2019

15.10.2019

Tickets from 24

Madrid

02.10.2019

31.10.2019

Tickets from 25

Riga

30.10.2019

10.11.2019

Tickets from 26

Bucharest

12.11.2019

16.11.2019

Tickets from 27

Copenhagen

21.09.2019

22.09.2019

Tickets from 29

Stockholm

18.10.2019

20.10.2019

Tickets from 29

Marseille

10.10.2019

14.10.2019

Tickets from 30

Vilnius

10.11.2019

14.11.2019

Tickets from 31

Venice

26.09.2019

02.10.2019

Tickets from 32

Manchester

24.09.2019

24.09.2019

Tickets from 32

Carcassonne

18.10.2019

21.10.2019

Tickets from 33

Nimes

29.11.2019

02.12.2019

Tickets from 34

Porto

17.11.2019

24.11.2019

Tickets from 35

Prague

20.09.2019

23.09.2019

Tickets from 35

Malaga

22.10.2019

29.10.2019

Tickets from 35

Milan

18.10.2019

20.10.2019

Tickets from 35

Berlin

15.11.2019

17.11.2019

Tickets from 35

Turin

11.09.2019

16.09.2019

Tickets from 35

Pisa

13.10.2019

16.10.2019

Tickets from 36

Bergerac

04.10.2019

07.10.2019

Tickets from 36

Wroclaw

27.09.2019

30.09.2019

Tickets from 38

Sofia

29.11.2019

02.12.2019

Tickets from 39

Dublin

18.09.2019

22.09.2019

Tickets from 39

Rome

20.09.2019

24.09.2019

Tickets from 40

Ljubljana

26.09.2019

28.09.2019

Tickets from 41

Valencia

27.11.2019

01.12.2019

Tickets from 43

Lisbon

11.10.2019

16.10.2019

Tickets from 46

Thessaloniki

29.11.2019

01.12.2019

Tickets from 48

Faro

03.12.2019

07.12.2019

Tickets from 50

Bordeaux

19.11.2019

21.11.2019

Tickets from 50

Vienna

31.10.2019

04.11.2019

Tickets from 54

Verona

13.09.2019

16.09.2019

Tickets from 57

Kiev

22.11.2019

24.11.2019

Tickets from 59

Athens

14.12.2019

17.12.2019

Tickets from 59

Geneva

03.09.2019

05.09.2019

Tickets from 61

Krakow

29.12.2019

02.01.2020

Tickets from 61

Alicante

09.11.2019

16.11.2019

Tickets from 61

Frankfurt

08.10.2019

09.10.2019

Tickets from 62

Larnaca

31.01.2020

07.02.2020

Tickets from 65

Rabat

21.12.2019

02.01.2020

Tickets from 66

Bari

24.12.2019

28.12.2019

Tickets from 67

Oslo

23.09.2019

27.09.2019

Tickets from 68

Stuttgart

27.09.2019

30.09.2019

Tickets from 69

Naples

27.02.2020

08.03.2020

Tickets from 69

Mulhouse

23.09.2019

26.09.2019

Tickets from 72

Kutaisi

10.11.2019

13.11.2019

Tickets from 72

Tel Aviv-Yafo

09.11.2019

16.11.2019

Tickets from 72

Biarritz

14.09.2019

28.09.2019

Tickets from 73

Tangier

24.10.2019

02.11.2019

Tickets from 73

Bratislava

06.09.2019

09.09.2019

Tickets from 74

Gdansk

09.02.2020

16.02.2020

Tickets from 74

Podgorica

15.12.2019

30.12.2019

Tickets from 74

Nice

13.02.2020

17.02.2020

Tickets from 75

Tallinn

31.12.2019

09.01.2020

Tickets from 77

Katowice

03.10.2019

06.10.2019

Tickets from 79

Fez

15.10.2019

31.10.2019

Tickets from 79

Oujda

25.09.2019

29.09.2019

Tickets from 80

Catania

11.10.2019

15.10.2019

Tickets from 80

Sibiu

24.09.2019

03.10.2019

Tickets from 80

Lviv

18.10.2019

22.10.2019

Tickets from 80

Santiago De Compostela

23.09.2019

30.09.2019

Tickets from 81

Zagreb

11.10.2019

14.10.2019

Tickets from 83

London

11.09.2019

18.09.2019

Tickets from 83

Hamburg

15.11.2019

18.11.2019

Tickets from 84

Paris

09.10.2019

13.10.2019

Tickets from 84

Palma de Mallorca

17.09.2019

17.09.2019

Tickets from 84

Bilbao

15.10.2019

16.10.2019

Tickets from 84

Bologna

03.09.2019

10.12.2019

Tickets from 87

Gothenburg

04.09.2019

06.09.2019

Tickets from 95

Pescara

01.10.2019

15.10.2019

Tickets from 96

Toulouse

31.10.2019

03.11.2019

Tickets from 97

Helsinki

16.03.2020

18.03.2020

Tickets from 97

Nantes

13.11.2019

15.11.2019

Tickets from 98

Palermo

22.12.2019

30.12.2019

Tickets from 103

Amsterdam

27.09.2019

04.10.2019

Tickets from 103

Chisinau

08.10.2019

24.10.2019

Tickets from 104

Lamezia Terme

05.10.2019

13.10.2019

Tickets from 104

Istanbul

02.12.2019

07.12.2019

Tickets from 106

Birmingham

23.09.2019

27.09.2019

Tickets from 106

Nador

01.10.2019

23.10.2019

Tickets from 108

Granada

10.10.2019

17.10.2019

Tickets from 108

Poznan

10.09.2019

11.10.2019

Tickets from 110

Odessa

22.12.2019

08.01.2020

Tickets from 112

Amman

15.10.2019

21.10.2019

Tickets from 113

Glasgow

13.12.2019

16.12.2019

Tickets from 114

Hanover

16.09.2019

20.09.2019

Tickets from 114

Seville

27.12.2019

02.01.2020

Tickets from 115

Banja Luka

24.01.2020

27.01.2020

Tickets from 116

Tirana

28.10.2019

18.11.2019

Tickets from 118

Moscow

07.10.2019

09.10.2019

Tickets from 118

Eilat

26.12.2019

08.01.2020

Tickets from 119

Nuremberg

18.09.2019

21.09.2019

Tickets from 119

Casablanca

18.01.2020

26.01.2020

Tickets from 121

Lyon

10.09.2019

26.09.2019

Tickets from 123

Marrakech

27.12.2019

31.12.2019

Tickets from 125

Bacau

13.09.2019

30.09.2019

Tickets from 125

From New York US to Brussels BE

Departure date Return date Stops Airlines Find Ticket

01.09.2019

10.09.2019

Direct

Tickets from 994

01.09.2019

10.09.2019

1 stop

Tickets from 399

01.09.2019

07.09.2019

2 stops

Tickets from 630

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