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About Brussels

The capital of Belgium and the administrative capital of the European Union, Brussels is a charming city with an interesting history. Donning art nouveau facades and Gothic structures, this small city reflects its medieval origins and distinctly humorous character. Beneath its modest exterior lies fascinating treasures - its world-class museums, art galleries, master-chocolatiers, and the effervescent cafe-culture. But the city earns its stripes with the honour of being the birthplace of French Fries.

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Parc du Cinquantenaire

Parc du Cinquantenaire was built under the patronage of King Leopold II in 1880 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Belgian independence. Its centrepiece is the monumental Arcade du Cinquantenaire, a triumphal arch with two arms extending out, which house three museums - the Royal Art and History Museum, Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History and Autoworld - boasting an incredible 350,000 artefacts from all around the globe.

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Mini-Europe

True to its name, Mini-Europe is a theme park featuring miniature 1:25 scale models of the continent’s most iconic monuments, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, an erupting Mount Vesuvius, and a chiming Big Ben. Located in Brupark, Mini-Europe is a must-see attraction that gives you the opportunity to explore the best of Europe in a few short hours.

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Autoworld

Housed in the vast Palais Mondial at Parc du Cinquantenaire, Autoworld is a vintage car museum that explores the history of the automobile industry, featuring some of the most desirable pieces of automotive art in Europe. With over 300 vehicles on display, it lets you journey back in time to see how the car industry has evolved. A popular attraction among vintage car aficionados, art enthusiasts and history buffs, Autoworld is a rare memory to make while in Brussels.

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Grand Place

The Grand Place, Brussels’ town square, is a testimony to the city’s rich and diverse culture that seamlessly blends Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles. Often hailed as one of the world’s most iconic urban ensembles, the Grand Place is home to many of the city’s historic buildings. Flanked by the House of the Guilds, the Town Hall, and the King’s House, the charming cobblestone square is bustling with a flurry of classic cafes, local bars and hotels.

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Atomium

The Atomium is one of Brussels’ best-known landmark. The 102m structure, designed by the architect Andre Waterkeyn for the 1958 Brussels World Exhibition, represents iron atoms in their crystal lattice, magnified 165 billion times. Located in Brupark, this magnified atom looms over Mini-Europe, which features 1:25 scale models of iconic European monuments.

Restaurants in Brussels

El Turco

Al Matbakh

Al Matbakh, meaning ‘the kitchen’ in Arabic, is a colourful restaurant that offers an authentic culinary experience with dishes that combine North African cuisines with Lebanese origins.

El Turco

Bon Bon

Bon Bon is a 2-star Michelin star restaurant that offers a truly gastronomic experience.

El Turco

Orientalia

If you’re craving Middle Eastern flavours while in Brussels, then look no further than Orientalia.

El Turco

El Turco

El Turco, located in Place de Londres, focuses on Mediterranean cuisines with Ottoman inspirations.

El Turco

Green Mango

When it comes to burgers, Green Mango gets straight to the point. This small restaurant is considered one of the best burger joints in Brussels.

Shopping in Brussels

Woluwe Shopping Center

Located in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, the Woluwe Shopping Center is one of Brussels’ most popular malls. With over a hundred stores, it offers a variety of shopping and dining options for visitors to enjoy. So, if you’re in need of a few essentials, or a coffee pitstop, a visit to this bustling centRE is a good idea.

Woluwe Shopping Center
Docks Bruxel

Docks Bruxel

Docks Bruxel, Brussels’ new environmentally friendly shopping district located on the junction between the canal and Boulevard Lambermont, offers an eclectic mix of fashion, food and entertainment. Boasting over 110 stores, restaurants, cinema, hotels and an adventure park, time spent at Docks Bruxsel will definitely be worth your while.

Westland Shopping Centre

Westland Shopping Centre

The Westland Shopping Centre, located in Anderlecht, is one of Belgium’s largest shopping hubs. The centre is home to more than 140 stores and offers several dining options for its visitors.

The Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert

The Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert

Lined with a carefully curated mix of cafes, theatres, luxury stores and many enticing shops, this magnificent glass-roofed arcade remains a popular meeting point in Brussels.

Passage du Nord

Passage du Nord

Passage du Nord is one of Brussels’ last remaining historic shopping galleries. Inaugurated in 1882, this charming vaulted glass arcade offers an eclectic mix of over 20 quality boutiques.

tajawal insider tip

Brussels is one of the cities best explored on foot. However, you can also purchase a metro ticket that's valid for 24 hours to move around the city.

Best time to visit Brussels

spring

March to May

temperature
10° to 17°C

March to May. It's spring time in Brussels and the weather is pleasant.

Brussels Facts

Languages

French, German, Dutch

Currency

Euro

Transportation

trains, trams, buses

Population

2.1 million

Landmark

Grand Place

Airports

Brussels Airport (BRU)

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