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The Belgian capital is a city of extremes. At once a medieval masterpiece and a showcase of modern architecture, it’s also the seat of the European Parliament and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. The perfect city break destination, whether you love shopping, eating, history or art, you’ll find the best of it in Brussels.

Getting there

Brussels is easy to get to from the UK. Take the ferry from Dover to Dunkirk or Calais, and the city is under two hours’ drive from either port. Alternatively, if you’re travelling from north of England or Scotland, you can set sail from Newcastle to Amsterdam and drive to Brussels in just over 2 and a half hours.


Why visit Brussels?

Brussels is unlike any other city in Europe. A beguiling blend of medieval and modern, it offers great shopping, wonderful museums, gourmet cuisine and breathtaking architecture.

Cool yet cultured, historic yet hip, you’ll find curlicue Renaissance mansions alongside bold constructions of concrete and glass; old fashioned chocolate shops next to high end boutiques selling the very latest designer names. It's one of the most interesting cities for a city break in Belgium

Brussels boasts more than 40 museums. As diverse and occasionally surprising as the rest of the city, they celebrate everything from comic strip heroes to art nouveau, science and nature to the history of trams.

But if all these museums and shops aren’t for you, Brussels at street level is just as rewarding. The city is packed with wonderful cafés and bistros, many with wide outdoor terraces where you can sit and watch the world go by.


What to see

​The Grand Place is a must-see. A textbook of flamboyant Flemish architecture with its elegant gabled facades, tapering spires and gilded statues. Arguably one of the most beautiful pedestrianised squares in the world, Grand Place is lined with restaurants and cafes and is the perfect place to enjoy that most famous Belgian dish - moules et frites.

If you like shopping, head to Avenue Louise for a roll call of designer shops and trendy boutiques. Alternatively, explore the famous Galleries St Hubert. This elegant glass-ceilinged arcade was the world’s first shopping centre when it opened in 1847.

One of Belgium’s most eminent museums, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts showcases work by many distinguished Flemish artists including Ruben, Van Dijk and Magritte. At the other extreme, the Belgian Comic Strip Center will tell you all you need to know about Tin Tin, the Smurfs and other comic book favourites.


Where to stay

From sumptuous hotels and on trend apartments to comfortable guesthouses and budget B&Bs, Brussels has the perfect setting for your city break. Choose from a range of accommodation on our partner booking.com and you’re sure to find something to suit you. 

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