Hotels in Brussels
Hotels in Brussels are your gateway to a relaxing city break packed with delicious eats, picturesque sights, and that cosy Belgium vibe. Marvel at Grand Place, savour Gulden Draak (iconic craft beer), and bring home some yummy Belgian chocolates. Then top it off with mussels and more beer.
Hotel Mercure Brussels Centre Midi is the perfect launchpad for exploring the city. A mere 10-minute stroll to the centre, and a stone's throw from Brussels-Midi train station. See classics like the iconic Manneken Pis (you’ve got to Google it), the Atomium (boasting 360° views 92m above the city), the Royal Museums of Art and History, and the Museum of Natural Sciences. After your epic sightseeing, you can pamper yourself silly at the hotel spa and sauna. It's the perfect day, Brussels-style!
If you're looking for a snug retreat, Harmon House is your home from home – but better. Located just a minute from Avenue Louise, a luxe shopping destination, and 1.7km from the town centre. Indulge in a charcuterie breakfast, experimental cocktails and a high-tech thermal spa with an amphitheatre sauna, and five different Jacuzzi animations.
Another centrally located gem is the ibis Brussels off Grand Place. A short jaunt to the metro, the Palais des Congrès, the main shopping areas and the cultural district. You could explore the Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula and admire the art collections of the Fin-de-Siècle Museum. But before all that, make sure you fuel up at the breakfast bar.
Feeling inspired? There are plenty of fab hotels in Brussels waiting for you.
Popular hotels in Brussels
Best Western City Centre
Hotel Catalonia Grand Place (ex Catalonia Brussels)
Yooma Urban Lodge
ibis Brussels Airport
B&B Hotel Brussels Centre Louise (ex Qbic Hotel Brussels)
ibis Brussels Centre Gare Midi
NH Brussels EU Berlaymont
Le Chatelain Hotel
nhow Brussels Bloom
ibis Brussels City Centre
Places similar to Brussels to visit
Madrid is a modern capital city that dances to its own rhythm, often until the sun comes up. If you’re looking for people-watching opportunities, find them at one of many scenic pavement cafes. Along the Paseo del Arte, discover more collections of fine and modern art than you can squeeze into one visit. Wander stylish shopping streets, and visit the home ground of one of Europe’s most famous football teams.
Things to do
There are lots of fantastic things to do in Madrid. Visit one of Europe's most famous football grounds, spend an afternoon among beautiful nature in one of the hidden gardens and explore the beautiful designed buildings, iconic artwork and spectacular churches. You're bound to find something interesting to see and do in this vibrant city.
World class art
Madrid is famous for its arts scene, and if this is the reason for your visit then the only place to start is at the Museo del Prado. This historic museum is one of the world’s foremost art galleries, and you can excitedly browse both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Continue discovering the other components of the Golden Triangle of Art and head to the Museo Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
Great for exploring
Dip into another aspect of Madrid’s culture and make for the famous El Rastro flea market. You might want to leave some space in your suitcase for the fantastic buys you can pick up from the myriad of stalls, especially as the Mercado de San Miguel is another must-see. If all that shopping leaves you needing a dose of peace and quiet then head to the alluring El Retiro Park, and lose yourself in the pretty gardens as you stroll between historic statues and towering trees.
Madrid has an excellent dining scene that’s perfect if you love eating out. There are countless restaurants to choose from, and you can spend a leisurely evening trying local delicacies or taking your time over some tapas as you sip on Spanish wine. Dance away your meal with a night at a salsa club, before heading to a discoteca to party until the early hours.
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Located in the northwest of Belgium, Bruges is a picture-perfect city of medieval architecture, winding canals and cobblestone lanes. Its cool climate adds a wintry air of romance, while horse-drawn carriages and cosy cafés make it the perfect city break for couples and scenery lovers. Spend your time strolling along the city’s bustling streets, explore its history on a visit to the Burg Square, then round off your day people-watching and sampling the local beer.
Start your sightseeing with a trip to Bruges’ Historic Centre, and gaze up at the attractive architecture and old churches. Spend some time taking photos of the lovely old buildings in the Markt, before setting sail on a canal cruise. If you want to ramp up the romance then take to the water as the sun starts to set and enjoy a memorable meal for two.
There are lots of great dining opportunities in Bruges, whether you want to eat at a restaurant in an elegant converted mansion or try the city’s street food. If you have a sweet tooth then you’ll love your culinary journey in Bruges. Belgium is renowned for its fabulous chocolate, and there’s some incredible places where you can grab a quick dessert, waffles drenched in sweet treats or a chocolatey hot drink. Or take your time sampling melt in your mouth truffles and pralines at a world class chocolate shop. Take plenty home with you as you’ll miss them when they’re gone.
If you’re religious then a trip to the Basilica of the Holy Blood should be high on your list of things to do. You can see what’s believed to be the blood of Christ in the church, which is on a corner of Burg Square. Explore the rest of the square before spending the evening sipping Belgian beers on a terrace with canal views, as you reflect on a great day in Bruges.
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Germany’s once-divided capital city is now a multicultural melting pot of vibrant music, international cuisine, and progressive attitudes. Home to a vast collection of art and antiquities from across the world, Berlin boasts a rich fusion of creativity and culture. When the sun begins to set, the city welcomes visitors from across the globe with its offering of live music, bustling bars and lively dance clubs.
Fascinating and solemn reminders of Nazi rule remain scattered across the landscape. From Checkpoint Charlie to the Holocaust Museum, Berlin’s historical notes are sobering evidence of the city’s tumultuous past. Today, the capital boasts a distinctly urban feel and plenty to discover.
Things to do
Berlin city breaks boast things to do for one and all: the art-lover, the foodie, and the party animal. Explore the past on a guided tour of its historical architecture and diverse neighbourhoods before sampling the exquisite cuisine on offer. To avoid getting lost in the sprawling metropolis, be sure to have a game plan before you head out.
The city is home to several exciting landmarks. From the iconic Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of hope and unity, to the Reichstag, the home of Germany’s parliament, Berlin boasts historical points of interest that are sure to captivate you. Remember to take your camera when you go up the Berlin Television Tower, which offers stunning views across the city, or when you go for a relaxing stroll in the Tiergarten Park.
History and culture
Berlin’s history is, of course, intertwined with the two world wars, and there are poignant reminders of this across the city. A visit to the Berlin War Memorial is a must while you’re in town as it’s the last part of the infamous wall still standing. The Holocaust Memorial, located in Mitte, is a touching tribute to Jewish victims of the Nazi regime.
Not all of Berlin’s museums are sombre. The city is also home to various iconic galleries that deserve a visit. Museum Island offers many options. The Gemäldegalerie that celebrates art from the 13th century to the 18th century is a must-visit. For fans of modern art, head to Neue Nationalgalerie, where you can witness exquisite pieces from the 20th century. After your dose of culture, sample local delicacies, sip some of Berlin’s famous beer and party the night away at an all-night techno club.
Food and drink
A city break to Berlin is a real treat for food-lovers. Home to Michelinstarred restaurants and a renowned sustainable eating scene, Germany’s capital boasts varied cuisine to satisfy all tastes. While the city offers a rich plant-based dining experience popular among vegan gourmets, tourists are always delighted by the many options for meat-eaters too.
Considered nothing less than a national pride by locals across the city, ‘Currywurst’ is one of the most popular foods to try. This humble grilled-sausage dish is so well-loved that it even has a museum dedicated to it – the Deutsches Currywurst Museum. Made up of a traditional German sausage topped with tomato sauce and curry powder, ‘Currywurst’ is warming, hearty, and delicious. Other traditional foods include ‘Spätzle’, a vegetarian dish consisting of egg-based pasta, and ‘Apfelstrudel’, a mouthwatering Austrian dessert dish.
Those looking to enjoy traditional German beer should head to Berlin during Oktoberfest. Set over two weeks in October, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and an essential aspect of Bavarian culture. During this unique event, a significant quantity of Oktoberfest beer is consumed. Visitors come dressed in traditional Bavarian attire to enjoy colourful parades, exciting funfair rides and a cheerful atmosphere.
Home to countless bars, lively events, and one of the best club scenes in the world, Berlin’s nightlife is hard to beat. Nestled in the city’s nooks and crannies, the bars are bursting with creativity and offer the perfect place for a drink or two. Look closely, and you’ll discover funky beach bars with strategically designed interiors made to imitate a beachlike atmosphere. From Capital Beach to YAAM, these venues will make you feel like you’re enjoying a relaxing tipple at the seaside.
Berlin’s club scene can be described as avant-garde and progressive, with indie and rock-pop venues open to partygoers every day of the week. In this unique city that never seems to sleep, clubs don’t get busy until around 2am. Head to the neighbourhood of Mitte in the city centre to sample the best of Berlin’s nightlife.
For stunning panoramic views of the city and a bustling rooftop terrace, check out The House of Weekend in the centre of Berlin. Sisyphos Nightclub is another popular haunt, boasting a lively festival atmosphere and large outdoor area. For fans of live music, wander over to Hangar 49 club, where you can enjoy everything from heavy metal to indie rock while taking in breathtaking views of the Spree River.
East and West
The city of Berlin has a long history of being divided into two parts: East and West. A few years after the Second World War, large numbers of skilled workers began heading away from Soviet-ruled East Berlin to West Germany in search of better job opportunities. In response to this, the Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 to prohibit entry into West Berlin. The Berlin Wall stood until 1989 when it was torn down by ecstatic crowds responding to the news that citizens of the GDR (German Demographic Republic) could once again cross the border freely.
Since the Berlin Wall fell over 30 years ago, the city has slowly come back together. However, some evidence that Berlin was once divided still remains today. If you happen to spot a tram, you’ll know that you’re standing in the former Eastern part of the capital. However, while the streetcar system almost wholly vanished in West Berlin at one stage, tram lines have extended into that part of the city in recent years.
And if you come across an ‘Ampelmännchen’ figure (meaning little traffic light man), you’ll know that you’re in former East Berlin. This famous green icon was historically used to instruct citizens on when to cross the street and has since become a tourist-favourite character. Over in West Berlin, a more sombre-looking counterpart was traditionally incorporated into the traffic light system.
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Iceland holidays will transport you to a place of natural wonders, home to hot springs, mountains and lava fields. Located just below the Arctic Circle, Iceland’s geological features are truly remarkable.
There’s plenty to see and do in this captivating country. Take a trip to Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city. Boasting vibrant cafés and bars, Reykjavik also offers the ideal base for exploring the Golden Circle – a popular itinerary that involves visiting fascinating geysers and spectacular waterfalls.
Further afield in the remote Highlands, there’s the opportunity to hike up mountains and wander through ice caves. Whatever you get up to, holidays in Iceland promise a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Natural Beauty and Uniqueness
Iceland isn’t short of natural beauty. This is a country shaped by dramatic landscapes and unspoiled scenery that make it a truly unique place to visit. From its glaciers to its lagoons, Iceland’s natural wonders are illuminated season after season by the Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun.
11% of the country’s landscape is covered by ice, so there’s ample opportunity to walk across some of its most extraordinary glaciers. Enjoy a hike on Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Iceland. Also known as ‘the water glacier’, Vatnajökull offers an unforgettable experience and endless beautiful views.
Or head over to Thingvellir National Park and walk between the tectonic plates at the Almannagja gorge. Adventurous travellers can also try snorkelling or scuba diving in the Silfra Fissure or go horse-riding through the park.
And of course, spotting the Northern Lights should be right at the top of your Iceland bucket list. This awe-inspiring ethereal light show is not to be missed. Visitors can join a Northern Lights guided tour to witness this phenomenon from the best viewing locations across Iceland.
Holidays to Iceland guarantee amazing attractions wherever you go. One of its most popular places to visit is the Blue Lagoon, just half an hour south of Reykjavik. This outdoor geothermal spa boasts brilliantly blue waters said to contain unique healing properties. The waters are nice and warm, averaging temperatures of 37 to 39°C (98–102°F).
Whale-watching is another much-loved activity in Iceland – perfect for nature-lovers. Catch a glimpse of these gentle giants splashing around in the water under the Northern Lights. Whale-watching tours depart all year round from Reykjavik and other locations across Iceland.
Iceland is also home to some pretty incredible geysers, including Strokkur, located in the Geysir Geothermal Area. Strokkur is an active geyser that blasts water to a height of 20 metres every 5 to 10 minutes. It’s well worth a visit if you want to learn more about the country’s geological highlights.
Reykjavik is a cosmopolitan coastal city full of personality. Here, quaint, colourful houses line the streets, giving the cityscape a picture-perfect look. Reykjavik’s Old Town features impressive ancient buildings full of history, while stylish boutiques and restaurants add a contemporary edge to the city’s traditional Nordic character.
Stroll around Reykjavik’s idyllic city streets and catch glimpses of the surrounding mountains and sea. There’s lots to explore, from its National Museum and Saga Museum to the Harpa arts centre.
Relax in the city’s geothermal-heated pool, Laugardalslaug. This is the largest pool in Reykjavik and is very popular with the locals. You can also take a 20-minute ferry ride to the neighbouring Viðey Island, where you can explore walking trails and enjoy scenic views over Iceland’s capital city.