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Brussels: The Charm Lingers

Posted on September 13, 2010 | Travel Destinations14 Comments

Have you heard something like a Vacation Overload? If not, then it is better to experience certain things than knowing about them in the first place. And what better destination than Brussels could it be? The dazzling city of Brussels owing to the multitude of options including all the exotic sights, sceneries, places, activities the place offers, it becomes difficult to fit in everything even if devoted one long week to this capital city of Belgium.

Brussels city tour

From terrific structures to lively squares, beautiful gardens and parks and many cafes; there is something or the other always to keep the city exploring affair pulsating. Right from the Grand Place situated in the Lower Town area is also referred to as the Grote Market which attracts visitors in large numbers. Grote Market, which is a Dutch term to the former name is electrified with festivals especially Christmas is celebrated over here with zeal and fervor. Be prepared to go about filling in your wanderlust quotient, but primarily accompanied by a comfortable pair of shoes.

Brussels is essentially halved with Mont des Arts Square being in the middle serving as a connecting-point to two parts of the Upper Town and the Lower Town. Coming to the city, a lot of people initially focus on visiting the city center which is abuzz with many great tourist attractions. The Central Square which is to be found in the vicinity has been listed under the prestigious wing of the UNSECO as a World Heritage Site. Anyone coming over to visit the Central Square, if lucky can also be present at the time of many exciting festivals which are staged at this very spot. One of the many revered festivals that entertain and amuse the locals and tourists coming over from destinations far and wide is the Ommegang Festival that takes place in the month of June each year.

Mont des Arts Square

Apart from all the festive regalia, Brussels also stands at the confluence of rich cultural legacy that stems from the roots of Flemish and French origins. Even today, as one flocks by it becomes difficult to ignore the influences of this nostalgic fever on the current day Brussels. Even though, the language of English is widely spoken; which means that tourists would always end up feeling at home as if there is no communication barrier. Apart from English, the other languages widely spoken in this capital city of Belgium are French and Dutch. The etymology of the city names can also be traced back to these languages; further reinforcing its roots.

From the many places of attractions to be found in Brussels, a little amusing it may however sound to be, do look out for the happily urinating boy or the Manneken Pis. Don’t be surprised if you find the statue of the boy bedecked in fine robes, fit for a king. Also, do try to visit the Horta Museum and also the Royal Museums of Fine Art; because Belgium is more than just fine chocolates and sparkling diamonds.

Royal Museums of Fine Art

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  • Eddie Thomas says:

    The city of Brussels is lovely, there is lots to see an the people are really friendly..The quality of beer here is excellent and really strong..I bought chocolate for my girlfriend from here..The public tranport is really good..Food is good everywhere here.

    It is expensive to shop here..Also you must take the signs of ‘Beware of Pick pocketers’ seriously as I’ve heard of many cases of theft from friends..

    If you come here for the sights and seeings Brussels can be covered in a a weekend but if you have some more time to spare, you must visit the neighboring cities of Anderlecht, where you’ll get to know the day-to-day lives of ordinary citizens of Belgium..

  • Brian Tsongas says:

    Thanks for the information about Belgium, Brussels..

    It has indeed more to offer than chocolates and diamonds!

  • Tracy Forster says:

    I just got back from a girls’ weekend at Brussels…Though the city has lovely architecture, beautiful landscapes, really clean bars..I hold another opinion about the people here…

    They were hardly friendly or helpful…

    The neighbouring towns of Anderlecht and Woluwes are nice..with ordinary friendly Belgians going about their everyday work..

  • Lisa Abzug says:

    I heard mixed reviews about Brussels before going there..You can’t hang around the central Midi station after it turns dark..there are various grafiti , but no more than another major city..
    We walked from the station to the center of Brussels which was a twenty-minute walk but we didn’t face any kind of problem..

    I found the city lovely with plenty of things to do..

  • Hans Oppenheimer says:

    The bets way to see Brussels if you are on a short weekend break is the open-top London Bus ride..
    It tours the entire city in about one and a half hour and stops at all places of interest long enough so that you can take photos and even get to talk to the people there and get to know more about the place..

    Everything about Brussels, especially the food, the people and most of all the beer there is just awesome!

    When I was there, it was a Sunday and a Bank holiday..I found all the corners of the city were engaged in some kind of activity or the other!

    It was a great weekend for me!
    I love Brussels!

  • Alan O'Reilly says:

    I was staying in a hotel called Alma Grand Place Hotel..It was at the center of Brussels…

    I had a great weekend as there were so many things to do the Pentagon as it is called was filled in every corner with new and different activity…

    Great fun this place especially for a weekend!

  • Samuel Roars says:

    I’ve been to every major city in Europe and have stayed in Brussels for 10 months..

    The elements of architecture are really strong here, this city has a lot to offer to art lovers, it bears a large collection of art, museums and history..

    I’ve stayed at Dublin, Zurich, Paris, Wiern, Bucharesti,and so many more…The people here are friendly and talkative but are slow to take you as a friend..
    They do have an open mind but it takes a while for you to get to know their mind..
    The French and Dutch are better in that respect.

  • Stephen Tsongas says:

    Its not that the Belgians are talkative but less friendly, its just that it takes them a while to open up…

    They especially have great respect for Indians.

  • Hans Phoenix says:

    A very family friendly city..We were at Brussels during the Heritage days and it was a greta experience being a part of parades, music, dance , food, beer, everything was great, and the Mannekin Pis was all dressed..

    The kids especially enjoyed it a lot..We were staying at the Mariott which was at central location and an excellent hotel..

    Another must visit here is the cartoon museum..
    A very charming and happening family friendly city with lots of stuff to do and see as well..Architecture is beautiful, scenery is great…

  • Joanna Makeba says:

    Had an AWESOME weekend with family at Brussels..

    Were at Marriott..nice comfy beds, clean and large spaced..nice hotel overall..

    Had grimbergen(Mmmm!) at Morte Subite..Had greta cheese and salami platter

    Fani Thai served greta Thai meals..Food was all thumbs up!!
    Saw Mannekin Pis, the happily peeing boy in Scuba outfit, even saw a peeing girl and found a peeing dog!!

    We went to Atomium and paid 10 euros to get inside ..The queue was long and it took ages to get inside as it is very busy on Sundays..So reach early..The kids will love it!

  • Caleb Scott says:

    Thanks for the post!

    Awesome place Brussels is!

    Makes for an interesting time to be had with family or all by yourself for a few days at a go!

  • Naomi Johnson says:

    Oh how I love Brussels! Thanks you so much for posting this!

    I had a great time here with my family a fortnight ago! :-)

  • Bella AckerMan says:

    Ahhh, Brussels is my favorite destination to spend time on a nice weekend with family or friends!

    Keep posting! :-)

  • seem@ says:

    NO wonder every person who has given a visit to Brussels will be left awestruck with the architectural beauty,artifacts.Visiting Brussels in the festive time leaves you endured with loads of wisdom.We had been in the city at the carnival time and enjoyed the joyful streets viewing best of parades,music,art and relishing on the delicious cusines.
    Totally a delight of experience.

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