Brussels city breaks

If you’re looking for a unique and relaxing city break with tasty food, stunning scenery and plenty of atmosphere, Brussels is the destination for you. This quaint city will impress you with its Art Nouveau architecture, relaxed cafe culture and cool art scene. Take in the magnificent buildings at Grand Palace, stop off for a glass of Gulden Draak, and be sure to purchase a box of homemade Belgian chocolates to take home.

Things to do

Whether you’re sampling the local chocolate, taking in the sights and sounds of the Grand Palace or enjoying a glass of Belgian beer, there’s plenty of activities in Brussels to keep you entertained. End your city break with a plate of mussels and a cold glass of Gulden Draak.

 

Map of Brussels

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Brussels experiences a mild climate with four seasons and an even amount of rain throughout the year.

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Brussels Airport (BRU), is located 8 miles northeast of central Brussels.

Brussels is best for...

Artsy types: Creatives will fall in love with Brussels’ Art Nouveau architecture.

Ladies who lunch: Brussels’ rich cafe culture provides the perfect opportunity to catch up and people-watch. 

Culture vultures: From film festivals to jazz marathons, Brussels enjoys a generous programme of cultural events throughout the year.

Fast facts for Brussels

Language: The language spoken in Brussels is French.

Currency: The currency used in Brussels is the euro (€).

Local time: Brussels is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Brussels Airport (BRU), is located 8 miles northeast of central Brussels.

Flight time from UK: Approx 1 hour 5 mins.

 

Getting around Brussels

Bus or tram: Brussels has an efficient bus and tram network that can easily take you from one side of the city to the other. 

On foot: Brussels is a great city for walking. Most of the tourist attractions are located around the centre and are easily accessible on foot. 

By metro: For a fast and reliable journey from one side of the city to the other, jump on the metro. 

By taxi: Taxis are ideal for travelling back to your hotel at night when public transport is less frequent. 

Events in Brussels

Culture Bonanza: Brussels’ legendary Kunstenfestivaldesarts arts festival kicks off in May, with three weeks of opera, theatre, dance and music performances at various venues around the city. 

Sound of Music: Enjoy a long weekend of live jazz music at the Brussels Jazz Marathon in May. Concerts take place at various open-air venues, jazz clubs, cafes and bars around the city. 

Film Festival: Film lovers will not want to miss the Brussels Film Festival in June, a nine-day feast of European films screened at the Flagey cultural centre. 

Brussels weather

Temperature: 3-18 (°C)

Explore the city’s Art Nouveau architecture in the spring, when there is the least chance of rain and temperatures rest in the mid-30s (°C). For warmer weather, come in the summer when you can enjoys highs of 22 (°C), or take advantage of fewer crowds in the autumnWinter is the best time to snuggle up in Brussels’ cosy cafes. 

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