Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, is home to about 10% of the country’s total population. But it is not only the number of people you will meet along the way that is interesting about the city. There is also the number of attractions you can explore.
Location and How to Get There
Brussels is in the heart of Belgium. If you are coming from a foreign country, you can directly fly to the Brussels Airport. From the airport, you can take a train or a taxi to get around and reach the downtown.
If you are coming from different parts of the country, you may either take a plain, a train, or a bus to get to Brussels. Transportation in this side of the world is quite very efficient so you should not have problems getting in and around.
What to See There
Brussels has many important landmarks. As most of the attractions in the city are fairly close to each other, you can choose to go around by foot or by bike. Going around in cars is not advisable since some roads, especially in the old town, are not open to cars.
First, you can go and see the Royal Palace. This is the official home to the Belgian Royal Family. Although they no longer live here, it is still worth the trip.
You can also see The Bourse, the stock market building, where many locals can be found sitting on the steps with fries on their hands.
You also should definitely see the Atomium. It is the icon of Brussels and of Belgium as a whole. Many foreign tourists flock here for a quick glimpse at how the future may look like.
The Grand Place-Grote Market is another must-visit in Brussels. This is where you can find the best Belgian waffles served with caramelized sugar. Plus, there are a lot of other good buys, too. If you are lucky, you can even witness a music and light show.
Brussels became Belgium’s capital city officially in the 19th Century. When the proclamation came, much of the old town was replaced by brand new structures. Only a small historic center was preserved from the old town.
Some of Brussels’ attractions are for free; others come with a fee. Just make sure that you have enough dollars in your pocket so you are ready whenever a need to pay comes up. That will give you the freedom to enjoy not just the sights but also the hospitality and delicacies that the city has to offer.
Brussels’ official languages are French and Dutch.