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

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    Lovely stay!

    So worth the money! Very spacious, clean, and airy. Excellent facilities but an 8 euro breakfast for toast and ham is a huge rip-off. Great walking tour!

    Insider Tip:Don't arrive at night, the area around the hostel can be a bit seedy. It's fine in the day.

  • 100%



    A MUST TRY IS THEIR ESCAGOT. Sold by a man in his 'food truck'-like store, that guy is a legend. Just opposite the Beurs, it is a must try for its price. Also, don't miss out on their seafood grills sold almost everywhere, and DO check out the restaurant street near the Royal Gallerie

    Insider Tip:Get a map, and go for an adventure! Night-life is really active and a Pub called Delirium is a MUST go for pub crawlers or party goers. Located near other pubs as well. Have fun!

  • 80%


    Amazing city

    Grote Markt, the central market place of Brussels is teeming with tourists and lively activity. The place is breathtaking surrounded by guild halls, the city’s Townhall and Breadhouse.

  • 60%


    Delicious chocolate everywhere and of course tons of different beers and delicious waffles are the pro's The cons would be that outside of the square and neighboring area there isn't a ton that I found to do there and in some respects as a solo female traveler I didn't feel all that safe in Brussels.

    Insider Tip:Stay at the town center as close as possible to the famous square. Brussels can seem sketch at night and the further away from the center the more this becomes apparent.

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    Brussels from my point of view

    Charming little city though it was probably one of the more dirty cities that I visited. Interesting contrast in states of repair of buildings (quite common to have a really run down place right next to an 'attraction' eg. the grand palace)

    Insider Tip:Fairly small city. No need to spend more than 3 days here when on holiday unless you have specific locations in mind. Tram/Underground rail system a little confusing at first (uses basically the same lines/stations through the city centre) though given it only takes 40 minutes to walk from 1 end of the city centre to the other, it isn't really necessary. I only used the trams to go to the atomium (30 minute trip). Public toilets are NOT free (between 50 eurocents and 1 euro to use).

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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