The beautiful capital of Belgium, Brussels, is now also the ‘capital city of Europe’ due to its administrative role as the centre of the European Union. The extraordinary mix of French and Flemish cultures over the centuries has created a completely unique and stunningly beautiful city, filled with inspiring places of interest, unrivalled restaurants and countless tourist attractions. With regular cheap flights to Brussels airport and a huge number of things to do in Brussels, holidays and short breaks in Brussels, in the Flanders region, are perfect for romantic breaks, family holidays and action packed city breaks. Brussels is a city that doesn’t force its attractions on you, rather letting you discover its secret gems in your own time.
Simply walking the attractive medieval streets is a pleasure from self catering Brussels accommodation. The streets of the old centre are filled with lively tree lined squares, vibrant parks, remarkable monuments and charming cafes. There is a huge amount of culture to enjoy from Brussels accommodation too, with regular theatrical performances in the many theatres throughout Brussels, a huge number of museum exhibitions from the cities history to musical instruments, the army to modern art. There are a huge range of tourist attractions in Brussels, information and possible tour routes for which are available from the Brussels Tourism Offices. However, the beauty of Brussels lies in the fact that everywhere you look are marvels and tiny, undiscovered gems which capture your heart and imagination.
Brussels, Belgium, is known for its beer. No Brussels break would be complete without a visit to a true Belgian pub. There are simply thousands of beer to choose from, and a great place to start your exploration is with the fruit beers or Brussels Gueuze, all brewed locally. Nightlife in Brussels is great fun. There are many traditional pubs, modern clubs and bars and live music venues to choose from, making Brussels nightlife some of the most varied and enjoyable in Europe. The maze of streets in Brussels are filled with cafes and restaurants too, and the seafood restaurants of Ste-Catherine are particularly worth visiting from Brussels accommodation.
Throughout the summer, Brussels comes to life with a great range of festivals and events. The Kunsten Festival in May is one of the best performing arts festivals in Europe, and the Audi Jazz Festival in October always draws a crowd. Brussels is also famous for its huge Christmas Markets which surround a custom made ice rink throughout December.
Tourism in Brussels is made even more exciting by the excellent transport connections throughout the rest of the country. Belgium is not a large country, and every corner is accessible from Brussels accommodation in a few hours, perfect for day trips. The city of Bruges is particularly worth exploring for an afternoon.
Brussels Airport (BRU) makes taking a weekend break to Brussels a real possibility. BMI and British Airways both provide regular cheap flights to Brussels airport from London, Manchester (MAN) and the East Midlands (EMA).