City Guide Brussels, Belgium

Visiting Brussels

The crossroads of Europe and home to the headquarters of the EU, Brussels is a busy, cosmopolitan city with much to offer the visitor.

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Brussels Podcasts

Brussels - At the Comic Strip Center

In this podcast recorded in the Belgian capital Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Willem Degraeves from the city's Comic Strip Center, one of Europe's most unique and fascinating museums. During the interview Willem tells Colm why Brussels is so synonymous with comic strip art, what are his favourite characters and more.

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Brussels Videos

Brussels - a video postcard

Take a look around Brussels in our video postcard. See its main sights such as the Grand Place, Mannekin Pis and more.

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Brussels Pocket Guide

Brussels Pocket Guide

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Brussels City Reviews

  • 30%



    Not very much to see in the city. I suggest drinking tours or individually touring bars on your own.

    Insider Tip:If you don't like beer then you won't like Brussels.

  • 70%


    Not as Much as I Thought

    I enjoyed Brussels a lot, but it was much busier and dirtier than I expected - basically like most large cities. I had been the Bruges for a few days before going to Brussels, and I enjoyed the quaintness there more than the big city feel of Brussels. The Grand Place and Royal Palace were nice, but otherwise, I didn't think there was quite as much to see.

    Insider Tip:You can get away with just a day and night in Brussels. If you're there for the evening and enjoy beer, definitely check out the Delirium Cafe, which has over 2,000 types of beers.

  • 80%


    Good times

    I loved Brussels and would go back in a heartbeat. I found the people very nice and helpful. I speak French which probably helps. It's a very walkable city and the public transportation is reasonably priced. While you are in town check out the Coudenberg museum. It's an archaeological site of the medieval Palais Royale and it's below the Place des Palais. If you can, try to time going to the Grote Markt at sunset as the light reflecting of the buildings is beautiful.

    Insider Tip:If you get a sandwich with fries, the fries will be inside the sandwich, this is normal. There are cheap waffles near the Manneken Pis, and look out for comic book art on random walls.

  • 70%


    Brussels has great waffles, beer, chocolate, beer, architecture, and oh yes did I mention beer?

    Brussels Belgium is a great walk around city. The city center is laid out in an upside down pentagon of gridded out streets. Walking though this city center can be really amazing in terms of the architectural beauty of all the city buildings and the churches. If you wander a little outside of the city center pentagon thingy you can see European Parliament to the west, or if you go far enough south there is a nice forest reserve that we enjoyed. Also, the Belgian's know their beer! cheers!

    Insider Tip:avoid intercity trains in Brussels. Though friendly, the controllers aren't always correct in their advice. Holland is much better with their train system. Also, go to "La Brocante" south of the city center right next to the flea market. Finally try to order "Westvlettren 12" they probably won't have it, but if they do you're in for a treat.

  • 100%


    More than I expected

    When we planned to visit Brussels we didn't expect it was that great, It is a beautiful city with a lot of history, and great beers.

Belgium: Itinerary

Over 1,000 years old, Brussels is one of Europe's classic capitals. Its main square is often regarded as one of the world's most beautiful, while there are also some more majestic ones too. This city is also the EU capital full of official government offices to walk around just outside of the city.

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