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

Wroclaw

03.03.2020

12.03.2020

Tickets from 19

Warsaw

26.03.2020

30.03.2020

Tickets from 19

Budapest

07.03.2020

11.03.2020

Tickets from 20

Milan

25.02.2020

27.02.2020

Tickets from 20

Bologna

15.02.2020

19.02.2020

Tickets from 24

Sofia

05.02.2020

12.02.2020

Tickets from 25

Marseille

12.03.2020

15.03.2020

Tickets from 26

Berlin

20.03.2020

22.03.2020

Tickets from 27

Prague

20.02.2020

27.02.2020

Tickets from 27

Copenhagen

20.02.2020

16.03.2020

Tickets from 29

Bucharest

27.02.2020

04.03.2020

Tickets from 29

Vienna

17.03.2020

19.03.2020

Tickets from 30

Ancona

21.03.2020

24.03.2020

Tickets from 30

Pisa

03.02.2020

05.02.2020

Tickets from 33

Lisbon

06.03.2020

09.03.2020

Tickets from 35

Rodez

01.06.2020

15.06.2020

Tickets from 35

Rome

11.03.2020

14.03.2020

Tickets from 35

Barcelona

10.03.2020

17.03.2020

Tickets from 35

Stockholm

31.01.2020

09.02.2020

Tickets from 36

Manchester

12.03.2020

14.03.2020

Tickets from 36

Nimes

25.04.2020

27.04.2020

Tickets from 39

Krakow

29.01.2020

05.02.2020

Tickets from 39

Bratislava

03.02.2020

05.02.2020

Tickets from 42

Gerona

06.04.2020

26.04.2020

Tickets from 42

Ljubljana

01.02.2020

04.02.2020

Tickets from 43

Vilnius

01.04.2020

15.04.2020

Tickets from 44

Madrid

18.06.2020

23.06.2020

Tickets from 45

Dublin

06.03.2020

09.03.2020

Tickets from 45

Reus

28.05.2020

01.06.2020

Tickets from 45

Toulouse

13.03.2020

15.03.2020

Tickets from 45

Porto

12.03.2020

15.03.2020

Tickets from 45

Oslo

23.03.2020

25.03.2020

Tickets from 45

Riga

01.04.2020

08.04.2020

Tickets from 46

Pescara

25.02.2020

01.03.2020

Tickets from 46

Venice

04.02.2020

06.02.2020

Tickets from 47

Zaragoza

25.01.2020

29.01.2020

Tickets from 48

Verona

29.06.2020

01.07.2020

Tickets from 51

Kutaisi

23.02.2020

01.03.2020

Tickets from 51

Gothenburg

18.03.2020

25.03.2020

Tickets from 52

Turin

03.04.2020

08.04.2020

Tickets from 53

Gdansk

06.03.2020

08.03.2020

Tickets from 53

Cluj-Napoca

13.03.2020

16.03.2020

Tickets from 55

Geneva

08.03.2020

13.03.2020

Tickets from 56

Chisinau

15.02.2020

29.02.2020

Tickets from 56

Valencia

29.04.2020

30.04.2020

Tickets from 57

Athens

04.02.2020

06.02.2020

Tickets from 58

Iasi

27.03.2020

01.04.2020

Tickets from 59

Tel Aviv-Yafo

25.02.2020

03.03.2020

Tickets from 59

Craiova

13.02.2020

16.02.2020

Tickets from 60

Luqa

21.02.2020

26.02.2020

Tickets from 60

Paris

04.02.2020

05.02.2020

Tickets from 61

Naples

17.03.2020

21.03.2020

Tickets from 61

London

09.02.2020

12.02.2020

Tickets from 61

Timisoara

13.03.2020

16.03.2020

Tickets from 62

Katowice

28.01.2020

31.01.2020

Tickets from 62

Thessaloniki

15.03.2020

18.03.2020

Tickets from 65

Palermo

13.03.2020

15.03.2020

Tickets from 65

Alicante

26.03.2020

30.03.2020

Tickets from 67

Kiev

29.03.2020

31.03.2020

Tickets from 67

Bristol

17.03.2020

22.03.2020

Tickets from 67

Santander

06.03.2020

08.03.2020

Tickets from 68

Odessa

31.01.2020

04.02.2020

Tickets from 69

Malaga

08.04.2020

15.04.2020

Tickets from 69

Rabat

15.02.2020

18.02.2020

Tickets from 69

Nice

25.04.2020

27.04.2020

Tickets from 70

Frankfurt

22.03.2020

23.03.2020

Tickets from 70

Tirana

01.04.2020

15.04.2020

Tickets from 70

Tallinn

13.05.2020

26.05.2020

Tickets from 70

Bordeaux

25.01.2020

27.01.2020

Tickets from 73

Larnaca

27.03.2020

30.03.2020

Tickets from 73

Bacau

21.03.2020

28.03.2020

Tickets from 74

Lamezia Terme

23.04.2020

27.04.2020

Tickets from 75

Catania

07.03.2020

14.03.2020

Tickets from 76

Hanover

21.02.2020

25.02.2020

Tickets from 79

Seville

18.06.2020

26.06.2020

Tickets from 80

Hamburg

11.05.2020

18.05.2020

Tickets from 80

Kherson

10.03.2020

17.03.2020

Tickets from 80

Dusseldorf

25.03.2020

26.03.2020

Tickets from 81

Lyon

12.05.2020

19.05.2020

Tickets from 81

Perugia

07.04.2020

11.04.2020

Tickets from 83

Brindisi

24.01.2020

27.01.2020

Tickets from 84

Podgorica

28.02.2020

02.03.2020

Tickets from 85

Bari

12.02.2020

15.02.2020

Tickets from 87

Mulhouse

21.02.2020

24.02.2020

Tickets from 87

Santiago De Compostela

15.02.2020

18.02.2020

Tickets from 88

Helsinki

04.03.2020

11.03.2020

Tickets from 88

Nuremberg

05.02.2020

07.02.2020

Tickets from 90

Stuttgart

25.04.2020

28.04.2020

Tickets from 90

Bydgoszcz

28.02.2020

31.07.2020

Tickets from 91

Lviv

06.02.2020

10.02.2020

Tickets from 93

Saint Petersburg

04.03.2020

11.03.2020

Tickets from 93

Birmingham

13.02.2020

17.02.2020

Tickets from 95

Amsterdam

02.03.2020

07.03.2020

Tickets from 98

Kharkiv

08.03.2020

12.03.2020

Tickets from 100

Kaunas

27.02.2020

01.03.2020

Tickets from 101

La Rochelle

20.06.2020

22.06.2020

Tickets from 101

Luxembourg

19.02.2020

20.02.2020

Tickets from 103

Tirgu Mures

16.04.2020

20.04.2020

Tickets from 104

Tangier

03.02.2020

10.02.2020

Tickets from 104

Faro

14.02.2020

17.02.2020

Tickets from 104

From New York US to Brussels BE

Departure date Return date Stops Airlines Find Ticket

25.02.2020

01.03.2020

Direct

Tickets from 477

25.02.2020

01.03.2020

1 stop

Tickets from 345

25.02.2020

01.03.2020

2 stops

Tickets from 478

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