About Brussels

Brussels is Belgium’s capital and home to the European Union headquarters. The Grand-Place square at the heart of the city has shops and cafes inside ornate 17th-century guild houses and the intricate Gothic Hôtel de Ville with a distinctive bell tower. The 19th-century Maison du Roi houses the Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles city-history museum, including costumes for the city’s famed Manneken Pis statue. Colorful murals throughout Brussels share the stage with the Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée, devoted to comic-strip art. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium encompasses art from Old Masters to the present, and the Magritte Museum presents hundreds of works by the renowned Belgian surrealist. The European Quarter contains the European Parliament building, dinosaur skeletons at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Parc Léopold, and art-nouveau mansions. Built for a 1958 World’s Fair, the iconic Atomium offers panoramic views. South of the city, 14th-century Beersel Castle has steepled towers, a drawbridge, and a moat.
Grand Place

Grand Place or Grote Markt is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city's Town Hall, and the King's House or Breadhouse building containing the Brussels City Museum. The Grand Place is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels. It is considered one of the most beautiful squares in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis is a landmark bronze fountain sculpture in central Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. It was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619. The current statue is a replica that dates from 1965 and the original is kept in the Brussels City Museum. Manneken Pis is the best-known symbol of the people of Brussels. It also embodies their sense of humor and their independence of mind.

Atomium is a landmark building in Brussels, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. It is located on the Heysel Plateau, where the exhibition took place and now a museum. The enclosed stairs, escalators, and an elevator allow access to the five habitable spheres, which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere includes a restaurant that has a panoramic view of Brussels.

Mini-Europe is a miniature park located in Bruparck, at the foot of the Atomium, in Brussels, Belgium. Mini-Europe has reproductions of monuments in the European Union on display, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented. The park contains live-action models such as trains, mills, an erupting Mount Vesuvius, and cable cars.

Autoworld is a museum of vintage cars in Brussels, Belgium. It is located in the southern hall of the Cinquantenaire Park and displays a large and varied collection of over 250 European and American automobiles from the late 19th century to 1990. It is notable for its collections of early and Belgian-produced vehicles, including Minervas and several limousines belonging to the Belgian royal family.
Palace of Justice

Palace of Justice of Brussels or Law Courts of Brussels is the most important court building in Belgium. It is located on the Place Poelaert/Poelaertplein in the Marolles/Marollen district of Brussels. The building is reputed to be the largest constructed in the 19th century and is a notable landmark of Brussels. The best views of Brussels are found on Poelaert Square, where the main entrance to the building is located.
Halle Gate

Halle Gate is a medieval fortified city gate and the last vestige of the second walls of Brussels. It is now a museum, part of the Royal Museums of Art and History. Today it is converted into a museum that displays exhibits about the history of the building, as well as of the City of Brussels and its defence. The collection includes the parade armor of Archduke Albert of Austria, Governor General of the Habsburg Netherlands in the 17th century.
Royal Museums of Fine Arts

Royal Palace of Brussels is the official palace of the King and Queen of the Belgians in the center of the nation's capital Brussels. However, it is not used as a royal residence, as the king and his family live in the Royal Palace of Laeken on the outskirts of Brussels. The Royal Palace houses the services of the Grand Marshal of the Court, the King's Head of Cabinet, the Head of the King's Military Household, and the Intendant of the King's Civil List. The Palace also includes the State Rooms where large receptions are held, as well as the apartments provided for foreign Heads of State during official visits.

Sablon or Upscale Zavel is a neighborhood and hill in the historic upper town of Brussels. It is a lively area of chic bars, fashionable restaurants, and chocolate shops. It is overlooked by the Gothic Notre-Dame du Sablon Church, bustling Place du Grand Sablon hosts a weekend antique market. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium showcase works spanning the 15th to 21st centuries, while the Magritte Museum highlights the life and art of the Belgian surrealist painter.
Best Time To Visit Brussels

The best time to visit Brussels is from March to May and from September to October.

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