City Breaks in Brussels
Belgium’s capital is a great destination for a quick city break as it is a compact city and has an abundance of attractions to keep travellers occupied. From wandering the labyrinthine paths of the Grand-Place to brewery tours and theme parks, Brussels offers its visitors so much more than good beer and rich chocolate!
Where to Stay
In recent years, accommodation in Brussels has boomed which has led to serious competition. This means that it is possible to get a great deal on your Brussels accommodation. From international luxury chains and grand hotels to simple hotels and apartments, there is somewhere for everyone in Brussels!
As Brussels is an important business centre, many of the hotels, regardless of their status, cut their prices at the weekends when their business visitors leave. This makes Brussels perfect for a cheap weekend getaway!
What to do in Brussels
As Brussels is an interesting mix of old and new, it is home to a great variety of attractions. The rest of this guide highlights some of the Brussels’s best attractions to visit on a city break.
No trip to Brussels is complete with taking a wander though the Grand-Place or Grote Market, the heart of the city during the Middle Ages. This lively square is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is lined with some of the city’s most iconic architecture. It is here that you will find the grand Town Hall and the ornate King’s House which is now home to a collection of local artworks and relics.
Despite being built for the 1958 World Fair as temporary exhibit, the Atonomium was never fully dismantled and has become one of Brussels’s most famous landmarks. The futuristic metal attraction is a 102 meter-high scale model of an iron crystal cell. There is a fast lift to the sphere at top of the structure for stunning views of the nearby theme park and the other spheres house interesting exhibitions.
There are a number of interesting museums to visit while on holiday in Brussels which explore a variety of themes. The most important is the Belgian Royal Museum of Fine Art complex. Highlights of the complex include the Museum of Ancient Art which has pieces that date back to the 15th century and the Magritte Museum which is dedicated to Surrealist René Magritte.
Bruparck is a theme park and one of the city’s most popular family attractions. The vast park has a collection of attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Highlights of the park include Mini Europe, a faithful model of European cities, and the Oceade Water Park which has a great selection of indoor and outdoor water attractions.