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City Break Brussels

If you’re looking for a unique and relaxing city break with tasty food, stunning scenery and plenty of atmospheres, 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.

3-18 °C

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

1 hour

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

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.

Visiting the Grand Palace ranks highest on the list of things to do in Brussels. This impressive central square is home to several 17th-century buildings and a range of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. As the sun sets, the square comes alive with locals and tourists drinking and chatting.

With over 400 varieties of beer made in the country, it’s no surprise that beer drinking is a big part of Belgian culture. There are several places in Brussels to enjoy a glass. The Place du Chatelain area has a lively atmosphere and good selection of beer cafes.

No trip to Brussels is complete without purchasing a box of Belgian chocolates. The Galeries St-Hubert arcade has a line-up of chocolatiers, making it one of the most popular places in Brussels to try and buy. Make sure you’re purchasing genuine handmade chocolates made in Belgium.

Galeries St-Hubert is one of the best places in Brussels to enjoy a day of shopping. Under its magnificent glass roof, this arcade features several luxury boutiques, cafes and chocolatiers. For more affordable shopping, head to the Louise fashion district. Bargain hunters will also love Brussels’ popular flea markets.

End your city break in Brussels with a hearty Belgian meal and a cold glass of Belgian beer. Belgians love to dine outside, and there are plenty of restaurants around the lively Place du Chatelain area to enjoy an alfresco dinner. Don’t leave without trying a Brussels favourite - mussels and chips.

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

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

Tourist Information: Further Brussels tourist information can be found at http://visitbrussels.be

Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Brussels, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belgium for recommendations and advice on visas and health.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

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, or take advantage of fewer crowds in the autumnWinter is the best time to snuggle up in Brussels’ cosy cafes. 


GETTING AROUND

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

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. 


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