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BrusselsBelgium

The Belgian capital blends business with pleasure in style.

With one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Europe and a reputation for fine beer, chocolate and excellent cuisine, there is much more to Brussels than being the de facto centre of the European Union (EU). Home to many institutions of the EU, the sheer number of diplomats means that the city is cosmopolitan to its core. There is also a unique and contemporary landscape beyond Brussels' business heart that you might just find surprising.

The capital is the largest city in Belgium with around a million inhabitants, and as you walk along its stylish streets, you’ll hear people chatting in various different languages. The city is just a few hours from Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt and is home to a large population of immigrants who create an eclectic mix of cultures. Locals mostly speak a mix of French and Dutch, so street names, signs and information centres feature both languages.

Although the city is large, many attractions can be reached on foot from the city centre. And while there is plenty of unattractive post-War development, there are also lots of cobbled stone streets and Art Nouveau architecture to look out for. Attractions include Brussels Park, the largest park in the city, and next door you will find the Royal Palace of Brussels. History buffs shouldn't miss the BELvue Museum, the national history museum of Belgium, and for what is essentially a business town, Brussels has a bohemian edge and a lively contemporary culture scene. The work of local artists can be found on display at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. For something more traditional, Manneken Pis, the iconic statue of a urinating child, is also a major, if unlikely, attraction.

When it comes to dining, don't miss the many wonderful restaurants set around the Place du Grand Sablon, a bustling city square surrounded by cafés, chocolatiers and antique shops. And beer lovers should make the trip to the Cantillon Brewery to sample the local brew which has been made in the same way for centuries.

It's easy to reach Brussels thanks to its International Airport as well as the Eurostar, which connects the city to Paris, London and a host of other European cities.

Top hotels in Brussels

Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Brussels National Airport, Zaventem
The price is NZ$175 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Situated in Zaventem, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of NATO Headquarters, European Union Parliament Building and Atomium. Mini-Europe and Belgian Comic Strip ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,106 reviews)

"It was very quiet and our bed was super comfortable"…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2020

Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
Warwick Brussels
Warwick Brussels
5 out of 5
Rue Duquesnoy 5-7, Brussels
The price is NZ$149 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

This family-friendly Brussels hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Moof Museum and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. La Grand Place ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,264 reviews)

"Hotel is within a short walk of the Brussels Central Station. Also a short walk from the Grand Place without being in the noise bubble of said area. Plenty of restaurants nearby."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2020

Warwick Brussels
Secret Suites Brussels Royal
Secret Suites Brussels Royal
3.5 out of 5
The price is NZ$134 per night from 1 Dec. to 2 Dec.

Located in Upper Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cirque Royal, Brussels Park and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Royal Museums of Fine ...

4.2/5Very Good! (91 reviews)
Great place with sauna

"Amazing place! No faults"…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec. 2019

Secret Suites Brussels Royal
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Brussels

Smartflats City - Manneken Pis
Smartflats City - Manneken Pis
3.5 out of 5
Rue du marché aux charbons, 41, Brussels
The price is NZ$219 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Located in Lower Town, this apartment building is steps away from Brussels Stock Exchange, Manneken Pis Statue and Halles de Saint-Gery. Brussels City Hall and ...

3.5/5Good! (34 reviews)
Traveling friends

"It was very good! Though it was quite loud in the living room from other apartments and quite a lot of cigarette smoke through the ventilation system. But other from that it was very good and close to everything!"…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2018

Smartflats City - Manneken Pis
Secret Suites Brussels Royal
Secret Suites Brussels Royal
3.5 out of 5
The price is NZ$134 per night from 1 Dec. to 2 Dec.

Located in Upper Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cirque Royal, Brussels Park and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Royal Museums of Fine ...

4.2/5Very Good! (91 reviews)
Great place with sauna

"Amazing place! No faults"…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec. 2019

Secret Suites Brussels Royal
Appart'City Confort Bruxelles Centre Gare du Midi
Appart'City Confort Bruxelles Centre Gare du Midi
3.5 out of 5
38A rue Rossini, Brussels
The price is NZ$128 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Located in the heart of Brussels, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cantillon Brewery, Manneken Pis Statue and La Grand Place. Brussels Stock Exchange ...

4.4/5Excellent! (361 reviews)
Fantastic staff, very comfy accommodation

"Staff are amazing, very helpful and friendly. This is an excellent Appart'City the rooms are very comfortable and spacious. Good bathroom with great shower. Kitchen area very useful with Hob, Microwave, Fridge and small dishwasher. I would definitely stay here again and can highly recommend this ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2020

Appart'City Confort Bruxelles Centre Gare du Midi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Brussels

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Feb. 2020

Beautiful city!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Jan. 2020

Not the most glamorous off European cities but is does have energy and vibe. A bit grubby but very friendly and helpful locals. Restaurant and cafe scene is good. Lovely historical buildings and churches. Well worth a visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Sue

30 Dec. 2019

Loved chocolate workshop in Brussels and che Checking out the murals

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

27 Dec. 2019

The city centre is massively overpriced. The few restaurants we went to had poor quality food, served by rude staff. Wouldn’t go back

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

25 Oct. 2019

Very dirty & lots of construction

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Oct. 2019

Almost all museums and the like are closed on Mondays. Very few restaurants are open on Sundays.

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