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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

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Cute city, I had the feeling I was inside a snowglobe, eveything is just so cute! Woudn't stay more than 3 days though, It's a small city, you can easily see everything in that time.

    Insider Tip:Take a walk to the centre, enjoy every small chocolate store. Eat belgian waffles (on the actual stores, the street ones are bad), visit the Magritte Museum (A MUST! Amazing), taste every beer you can at Delirium Café.

  • 20%

    Anonymous

    Don't Waste Your Time

    We only spent one night here, thank goodness! There is barely anything worth seeing in this city, and the people are HORRIBLE. Waiters, bartenders, strangers even are RUDE. One young man STOLE MY PHONE RIGHT OUT OF MY HAND. DO NOT waste your time in this ghetto, worthless city.

    Insider Tip:If you do go there, approach the famous absinthe bar with caution, and whatever you do, DO NOT ORDER DAS BOOT AT DELIRIUM BAR. There's a reason the local will stare and laugh at you.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Nice and safe, enjoyable city.

    Would recommend: Bruparck (Mini Europe & Atomium), Cantillon Brewery (tour & tastings), Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (with demonstration and tastings), Grand Place and the many quaint little streets off of it, and the Manneken Pis (located near to a couple of great waffle shops!)

    Insider Tip:Be in the Grand Place to see the lights come on at night!

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    A weekend in Brussels

    We really enjoyed Brussels - a weekend was just enough to feel fulfilled and see what we wanted to see without feeling like we needed more time/getting bored. The Grand Place is where I recommend starting off your sightseeing, and definitely get a walking tour. You will get a great view of the city, some info on the history and sights, and you can get your bearings and return to the places you want to spend more time at after getting your bearings and and understanding of the city layout.

    Insider Tip:-The Grand Place has a tourist info center with maps, definitely grab one -Also definitely do a walking tour -Avoid the restaurants on "meat street" and the ones too close to the center. They are generally way too expensive and the food is average to below average. Look at menus/prices before sitting down anywhere. -Celtica bar has great deals on Trappist beers before midnight (you can get the 3 beers for 6Euro) -Do grab some belgian waffles and try the mayo fries - it's touristy but delicious

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Dope city, even doper beer.

    Super cool city. Reminded me a lot of Montreal, but better. Very laid back, eclectic and multicultural. Loved it.

    Insider Tip:Matonge is the African district, so go there for cheap food. Hoogstraat in the southern part of central Brussels has lots of cool stores and galleries, so go there if you want to buy some vintage clothing or check out some art. The Palais du Justice is not to be missed, and Rue du Tanneur has a ton of great street art. Honestly, you can't go wrong anywhere in the centre.

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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