Visiting Brussels the capital of Belgium

  Jan 1st, 2019 
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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

Perpignan

08.12.2019

18.12.2019

Tickets from 18

Milan

05.12.2019

12.12.2019

Tickets from 18

Santander

13.01.2020

17.01.2020

Tickets from 18

Pisa

26.01.2020

30.01.2020

Tickets from 18

Prague

15.01.2020

22.01.2020

Tickets from 18

Budapest

24.01.2020

27.01.2020

Tickets from 18

Berlin

08.01.2020

10.01.2020

Tickets from 18

Bologna

19.01.2020

21.01.2020

Tickets from 18

Wroclaw

26.11.2019

03.12.2019

Tickets from 18

Barcelona

24.01.2020

27.01.2020

Tickets from 18

Bordeaux

24.01.2020

27.01.2020

Tickets from 18

Ancona

17.12.2019

07.01.2020

Tickets from 18

Marseille

11.12.2019

15.12.2019

Tickets from 18

Krakow

05.12.2019

08.12.2019

Tickets from 18

Zaragoza

23.11.2019

27.11.2019

Tickets from 21

Bratislava

17.02.2020

02.03.2020

Tickets from 23

Warsaw

29.11.2019

05.12.2019

Tickets from 23

Rome

11.12.2019

12.12.2019

Tickets from 24

Naples

17.12.2019

09.01.2020

Tickets from 24

Vienna

12.12.2019

17.12.2019

Tickets from 25

Dublin

15.01.2020

17.01.2020

Tickets from 26

Venice

13.12.2019

15.12.2019

Tickets from 27

Bucharest

16.01.2020

19.01.2020

Tickets from 28

Toulouse

14.12.2019

16.12.2019

Tickets from 28

Copenhagen

06.12.2019

08.12.2019

Tickets from 29

Porto

17.01.2020

20.01.2020

Tickets from 29

Lisbon

25.01.2020

27.01.2020

Tickets from 29

Riga

07.02.2020

09.02.2020

Tickets from 29

Luqa

10.12.2019

12.12.2019

Tickets from 31

Vilnius

26.01.2020

13.02.2020

Tickets from 32

Malaga

17.01.2020

19.01.2020

Tickets from 33

Brindisi

02.03.2020

06.03.2020

Tickets from 33

Madrid

01.02.2020

03.02.2020

Tickets from 34

Ljubljana

11.02.2020

15.02.2020

Tickets from 39

Nimes

01.12.2019

04.12.2019

Tickets from 39

Nador

18.01.2020

01.02.2020

Tickets from 44

Seville

12.03.2020

17.03.2020

Tickets from 45

Manchester

15.01.2020

19.01.2020

Tickets from 45

Alicante

26.01.2020

03.02.2020

Tickets from 45

Stuttgart

08.12.2019

13.12.2019

Tickets from 48

Sofia

09.04.2020

12.04.2020

Tickets from 48

Thessaloniki

06.03.2020

08.03.2020

Tickets from 48

Valencia

05.03.2020

08.03.2020

Tickets from 49

Athens

07.03.2020

09.03.2020

Tickets from 50

Tel Aviv-Yafo

30.01.2020

06.02.2020

Tickets from 52

Gerona

24.04.2020

10.05.2020

Tickets from 53

Marrakech

10.01.2020

12.01.2020

Tickets from 53

Kutaisi

02.02.2020

14.02.2020

Tickets from 54

Mulhouse

15.01.2020

18.01.2020

Tickets from 57

Kiev

10.02.2020

12.02.2020

Tickets from 58

Turin

19.12.2019

07.01.2020

Tickets from 61

Paris

10.01.2020

12.01.2020

Tickets from 61

Stockholm

25.11.2019

26.11.2019

Tickets from 62

Lviv

29.01.2020

02.02.2020

Tickets from 63

Bari

03.02.2020

07.02.2020

Tickets from 64

Suceava

15.02.2020

18.02.2020

Tickets from 64

Odessa

06.12.2019

10.12.2019

Tickets from 64

Palermo

17.01.2020

20.01.2020

Tickets from 65

Larnaca

27.01.2020

03.02.2020

Tickets from 68

London

10.12.2019

10.12.2019

Tickets from 68

Geneva

06.12.2019

10.12.2019

Tickets from 69

Skopje

17.01.2020

24.01.2020

Tickets from 72

Iasi

17.01.2020

20.01.2020

Tickets from 74

Pescara

24.11.2019

09.01.2020

Tickets from 75

Bilbao

23.01.2020

29.01.2020

Tickets from 76

Istanbul

03.02.2020

10.02.2020

Tickets from 77

Gdansk

06.12.2019

10.12.2019

Tickets from 79

Tallinn

06.03.2020

09.03.2020

Tickets from 82

Podgorica

26.11.2019

02.12.2019

Tickets from 82

Tbilisi

16.12.2019

06.01.2020

Tickets from 86

Nantes

13.02.2020

27.02.2020

Tickets from 88

Jerez De La Frontera

07.02.2020

09.02.2020

Tickets from 89

Agadir

10.01.2020

24.01.2020

Tickets from 90

Edinburgh

10.12.2019

11.12.2019

Tickets from 92

Helsinki

27.02.2020

19.03.2020

Tickets from 94

Amsterdam

03.01.2020

10.01.2020

Tickets from 96

Fez

10.01.2020

17.01.2020

Tickets from 102

Chisinau

24.12.2019

28.01.2020

Tickets from 102

Frankfurt

23.12.2019

06.01.2020

Tickets from 103

Saint Petersburg

15.01.2020

22.01.2020

Tickets from 105

Tangier

03.12.2019

13.12.2019

Tickets from 106

Cologne

09.02.2020

09.04.2020

Tickets from 109

Lamezia Terme

01.12.2019

02.12.2019

Tickets from 110

Faro

06.12.2019

09.12.2019

Tickets from 111

Glasgow

06.03.2020

08.03.2020

Tickets from 111

Hamburg

24.12.2019

26.12.2019

Tickets from 112

Rzeszow

26.12.2019

04.01.2020

Tickets from 114

Yerevan

28.01.2020

01.02.2020

Tickets from 114

Katowice

14.12.2019

16.12.2019

Tickets from 116

Cagliari

15.05.2020

17.05.2020

Tickets from 121

Birmingham

01.12.2019

03.12.2019

Tickets from 125

Moscow

29.01.2020

05.02.2020

Tickets from 126

Nice

26.11.2019

29.11.2019

Tickets from 127

Kaunas

29.11.2019

16.12.2019

Tickets from 127

Zurich

03.12.2019

05.12.2019

Tickets from 128

Nuremberg

02.12.2019

09.12.2019

Tickets from 129

Tirana

15.01.2020

19.01.2020

Tickets from 130

BAK

20.01.2020

06.02.2020

Tickets from 131

Tenerife

21.11.2019

30.11.2019

Tickets from 132

Belfast

06.01.2020

09.01.2020

Tickets from 133

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