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Brussels - Capital of Belgium and the heart of the EU . But don't worry, even if you don't feel like talking about politics, a vacation to Brussels is worth it. Especially those with a sweet tooth shouldn’t miss the country’s unique waffles and fries. Oh and of course you can also drink beer here!
And it gets even better: In Brussels you can reach all the important sights in no time at all, because the city area is only around 33 square kilometers in size . About 180,000 people live here. Impressive sights, a wide range of cultural activities and, above all, many culinary delights: there is a lot to experience on a city trip to Brussels. So plan your next city trip to Brussels and click through our deals .
Arrival to Brussels
Thanks to the close proximity to Germany, you can reach Brussels in just a few hours . For example, the long-distance bus connections that are offered via Cologne are popular. Arriving by plane at Brussels Airport is also possible. This is possible from Berlin. Those who prefer to travel individually can choose the tour by car: the E40 motorway takes you via Liège to the Brussels-Capital region.
How long should you stay in Brussels?
In order not to miss any sights on your city trip to Brussels and to immerse yourself in the culture of the region , you should plan a long weekend. Maybe Brussels is a suitable destination for a day trip . Then you have to make compromises when visiting the highlights. Anyone who includes additional excursions into the surrounding area in their vacation stays in the Belgian capital for about a week.
Best travel time for a city trip to Brussels
Brussels has its charm at any time of the year. In winter, the Christmas market in the city center lures, and in the hot months of July and August it's fun to sit relaxed in front of the café . September in Brussels can convince with pleasant temperatures.
Our pirate tip: You experience a special highlight every year in August. Then Brussels rolls out a carpet of flowers on the Grote Markt. The gray soil blooms in bright colors at this time.
How long should you stay in Brussels?
In order not to miss any sights on your city trip to Brussels and to immerse yourself in the culture of the region , you should plan a long weekend. Maybe Brussels is a suitable destination for a day trip. Then you have to when visiting the highlights make compromises . Anyone who includes additional excursions into the surrounding area in their vacation stays in the Belgian capital for about a week.
What is a must-do in Brussels?
You design your city trip to Brussels individually. The city is predestined for just letting yourself drift.
Experience nightlife and parties in Brussels
After you have started the evening with delicious drinks in a relaxed atmosphere, dancing is on the agenda. The best place to do that in Brussels is the iconic Madame Mustache on the Quai au Bois à Brûler. The DJs spin soul, funk and rock 'n' roll in a 1920s ambience. Do you feel more like electronic music? Then head for the Fuse in the Rue Blaes with its dark halls. Here you can party until the wee hours.
The most beautiful sights in Brussels
And of course the city presents great sights. On a city trip, you stroll across the Grote Markt with the Gothic town hall, discover the somewhat hidden bronze statue Manneken Pis in the old town and take a walk to the Atomium - the landmark of the world exhibition in the 1950s.
Shopping on a city trip to Brussels
Are you always looking for great bargains or hot fashion trends? Then Brussels is the right address. The most famous shopping street is Boulevard de Waterloo . You will find next to it
- the upscale rue Antoine Dansaert,
- the also exclusive Rue De Namur as well as
- the Rue Neuve with the usual shops.
Or do you like antiquarian sweethearts? Then browse what's on offer at the world-renowned market at Place du Jeu de Balle . For around a hundred years, the dealers have been presenting great offers every day in a unique atmosphere.
There are stylish trendy shops in Quartier Dansaert. Modern cafés and hip boutiques line the Rue Antoine Dansaert and the Place Saint-Gery.
Eating and drinking in Brussels
No city trip to Brussels without the legendary french fries. Because in Belgium, fried potatoes are part of the cultural heritage. Compared to their German relatives, Belgian potato strips are decidedly thicker. You have the choice between different dips that round off your taste experience. Among the best French fries stands in Brussels
- Free country,
- Friterie de la Chapelle and of course
- the legendary Maison Antoine.
If you say A, you must also say B. And so you treat yourself to a cool beer after a hearty portion of fries. Belgian beer is particularly diverse. You can get an extra large selection in the Delirium Café . The offer here is so wide-ranging that the bar made it into the Guinness Book of Records. You will find the bar not far from the Großer Markt, hidden in a side street. Sign: the pink elephant on the facade.
What else do you absolutely have to do in Brussels Belgium? Taste the thick Belgian waffles . They are the secret symbol of the city. The sweet smell of the baked goods runs through all the streets. No wonder: there is a waffle stand on almost every corner. They are decorated with banana pieces, kiwi, chocolate or other delicacies. You have to find out for yourself what tastes best.