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Referred to as The Capital of Europe due to the presence of the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, Brussels offers an administerial as well as a cultural ambience. An ultimate European metropolis with a vibrant blend of languages and culture, the city also offers a wonderful mosaic of restaurants and clubs.

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Dating back to the stone age, the area was home to Roman occupation after which it was incorporated into the Frankish Empire. However, the city of Brussels was officially founded by Duke Charles of Lower Lotharingia when he constructed the first permanent fortification in the city around 979.

 

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Brussels is an atmospheric city with fascinating history packed into every street and alleyway. With stunning architecture and carefree vibe, the capital city is a beloved place to visit. It offers more unusual attractions along with the usual European staples such as art and architecture.

Contrasting architecture is apparent everywhere in the city. Hippie art installations face off against concrete 1960s buildings and the administrative offices spark against the magnificent royal mansions.

The Grand Place hidden away in the centre of the city, is guaranteed to take your breath away. It was originally built as a merchants' market in the 13th century. Admire the beautiful 15th Century city hall and the magnificent six guild halls scattered around the square. The Square glows with a different magical ambience at every hour of the day.

An art lover’s paradise, multiple art galleries surround you wherever you are. Conceptual art is showcased at townhouses, skating rinks and numerous unusual venues. With more and more students and young artists displaying their art at open studio weekends and event nights, there really is something for every art lover in Brussels. Discover the history of lace at the costume museum. Historically one of the significant industries of the city, the art of needlepoint lace has always been fascinating. The museum glorifies one of Brussels’ oldest crafts and highlights the details of ancient and new lace outfits. Many historical outfits are on display here and the exhibitions change constantly throughout the year.

A gastronomical heaven, food and drinks here in the city are always different. Scrumptious frites have to be double fried and the classic waffle is topped with a snowfall of icing sugar. Don’t forget to try Brussels’ own biscuit: the shortcrust cinnamon speculoos. Popular for its wonderful half-en-half, a heady mix of white wine and champagne, visitors flock from all over the world to try out the city’s delicious concoctions.

 

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The Grand Place

The Grand Place hidden away in the centre of the city, is guaranteed to take your breath away. It was originally built as a merchants' market in the 13th century. Admire the beautiful 15th Century city hall and the magnificent six guild halls scattered around the square. The Square glows with a different magical ambience at every hour of the day.

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Musée Mode & Dentelle

Discover the history of lace at the costume museum. Historically one of the significant industries of the city, the art of needlepoint lace has always been fascinating. The museum glorifies one of Brussels’ oldest crafts and highlights the details of ancient and new lace outfits. Many historical outfits are on display here and the exhibitions change constantly throughout the year.

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Parc du Cinquantenaire

Built during Léopold II's reign, this beloved park attracts tourists for its cluster of museums which cover art, history, military and motor vehicles. There are a total of three and a half million artefacts on display here. In the southern part of the park lies the Royal Art and History Museums full with antique surprises. Autoworld lies in the northern part and houses a huge collection of vintage cars.

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Old England Building

Originally a department store in 1899, the building is a piece of art itself. With a black façade and arched windows, it is nothing less than an art nouveau showpiece. Home to the fascinating MIM music museum which celebrates music in the grandest way possible, it boasts of more than 2000 historic instruments. Have a delicious meal at the rooftop café and admire the grandeur of the city.

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Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts

A prestigious museum which masters the perfect blend of ancient and modern art, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts hosts works by prominent artists like Paul Delvaux, Rik Wouters and Musée Magritte. There is a delightful representation of the 15th-century Flemish Primitives in the Musée d’Art Ancien and wonderful paintings like Rogier Van der Weyden’s Pietà and Hans Memling’s refined portraits are on display.

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Église Notre-Dame du Sablon

An atmospheric and gothic church which was formerly a archers’ guild chapel in 1304, Église Notre-Dame du Sablon will take your breath away. A gorgeous example of development of ogival art from Brabant, admire the church’s architecture and numerous stained glass windows.

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Bruges

Who said time travel isn’t possible? There are numerous places in France that have the power to make you travel back in time with their medieval history and the rustic culture thriving in the city and Bruges is indubitably one of those places. This compact territory has some gothic castles that must be explored by every traveller, for an ideal day out, you can consider sailing along the canals to soak the beauty of Bruges.

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Hasselt

Aired with a mystery, Hasselt is called the capital of Belgian Limburg. Beloved for its Japanese Gardens which are wonderful for strolls, comic strip walks for the graphic art lovers, a world-leading free-bus system and a museum celebrating the joys of gin, this charming town manages to capture your heart. Your first stay here will definitely won’t be your last.

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Leuven

Booming with a lively student population and a rich and deep history, Leuven is known for housing one of Europe’s oldest universities, KU Leuven. Founded in 1425, the university and its students lend a vibrancy to the city. Leuven is also the country’s reigning brewing capital, producing hundreds of delicious varieties. The area is home to the second largest brewery in the world, Inbev.

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Antwerp

Belgium’s biggest port, Antwerp attracts everyone, from hard-core party goers to diamond dealers, from fashion moguls to art fanatics. The city has excellently preserved its medieval heart despite severe World War II bombing. Decorated streets full with cobblestones, quaint cafes, a riverside fortress and a truly magnificent cathedral, Antwerp remains one of Europe’s most important cities.

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Ghent

Ghent is a quirky city offering an eclectic blend of fascinating cultural cocktails and trendy, modern urban life. The marvelous medieval and classical architecture contrasts beautifully with large concrete post-industrial areas. A visit here guarantees a memorable time, with fantastic canal-side architecture, a vast variety of bars and fine restaurants.

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Luxemburg

A grand cosmopolitan city, Luxemburg is the cradle of Europe, home to the most important European institutions. A city of thousands contrasts, Luxemburg is full of delights at every corner. From theatres and museums to Michelin-rated gastronomy, this capital city stuns everyone with its fascinating cultures and mindsets.

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Tournai

The birthplace of the founder of the Merovingian dynasty, Clovis I, Tournai demands exploration. Streets full of mystery and history wait to be discovered by curious minds. One of Belgium’s oldest cities, Tournai is full of engaging museums for art, archaeology, social history and natural history, ancient gothic historic churches and Romanesque houses.

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Aalst

A charming town located in East Flanders, Belgium, Aalst is famous globally for its carnival festivities, celebrated every year before Lent. Plan your trip according to the Carnival of Aalst and have the most magical time of your life. Watch the exciting and fun-filled parade crossing the city, full of costumed volunteers and parade cars.

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