Brussels is probably best known for its strong involvement in the European Union, but there is a lot more to Brussels than this. There is a rich history behind the capital city of Belgium, and this makes it a culturally diverse and interesting place to visit.


The Market Square (Grand'Place/Grote Markt) is one of the focal points of the city. Surrounded by beautiful architecture and pavement cafés, it is somewhere definitely worth the visit when in Brussels. Brussels has its own Museum of Modern Art, and families will appreciate a visit to Mini-Europe. The architecturally eclectic Cathédrale des Sts Michel & Gudule is a fine timeline of Brussels’ architectural history, as it has been added to and built on so much throughout its long history.


One of the most famous places to shop in Brussels is the Brussels Flea Market, which is open every day. In the Place du Grand Sablon an excellent weekend antiques market is held, and food markets are held daily all over the city. Be sure to try some famous Belgian Chocolate, which can be bought from one of the many chocolate shops that are dotted around the city. The most famous of these is Leonidas.

Nightlife and Eating Out

There are a large number of pavement cafés in Brussels, serving hot and cold drinks and snacks – including the traditional Belgian waffles. Belgium produces some excellent beers, which can be bought throughout Brussels, and are often served with meals. Typical local dishes include rabbit cooked in beer and various seafood dishes.

Tourist Information

Tourist information OfficeTown Hall of BrusselsGrand'Place / Grote Markt 1 - 1000 BrusselsTel: +32 (0)2 513 89 40


Brussels Airport is situated close to the city centre, to the north-east of Brussels. It serves most European and international destinations.