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Brussels
Travel Guide

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$147 per night from 6 Mar. to 7 Mar.

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,067 reviews)

"That room was very clean and staffs was kind, but Drinks in the facility were expensive."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2021

Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
The Hotel
The Hotel
4 out of 5
38 Boulevard de Waterloo, Brussels
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$299 per night from 7 Mar. to 8 Mar.

Located in Upper Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon and Law Courts of Brussels. Church of Our Blessed ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)

"It is a nice hotel, well placed. Rooms are modern but a bit small."…"

Reviewed on 24 Dec. 2020

The Hotel
Hotel Hubert Grand-Place
Hotel Hubert Grand-Place
4 out of 5
Rue d'Arenberg 18, Brussels
The price is NZ$133 per night from 6 Mar. to 7 Mar.

Located in Lower Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral of St. Michael and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (927 reviews)

"The staff were friendly and helpful. It was super easy to check in and head up to our room. The room was nice and comfortable. We enjoyed the workout space and lounge as well. The location is fantastic and we would definitely come back on our next trip!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

Hotel Hubert Grand-Place
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

ApartmentsApart Brussels
ApartmentsApart Brussels
3 out of 5
Rue Grétry 23, Brussels
The price is NZ$140 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

Located in Lower Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Jeanneke Pis, La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue. Brussels City Hall and Galeries ...

3.8/5Good! (310 reviews)
great location

"Lovely sized room and fabulous central location!! Washing machine and fully equipped kitchen was a massive bonus!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2020

ApartmentsApart Brussels
Smartflats Design - Place Jourdan
Smartflats Design - Place Jourdan
3.5 out of 5
42 Hoornstraat, Brussels
The price is NZ$187 per night from 22 Mar. to 23 Mar.

Located in Upper Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Albert Borschette Conference Centre, Berlaymont Building and European Union Parliament ...

Smartflats Design - Place Jourdan
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$98 per night from 28 Feb. to 1 Mar.

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! (364 reviews)

"the staff were very helpful given the unique Covid arrangements"…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2021

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

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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

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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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