If we were to ask 100 people what they consider to be the unofficial capital of European Union, most of them would definitely answer “Brussels”. They would also say that this city is heaven for all chocolate aficionados, fine beer lovers and French fries’ secret admirers. And everything sounds too tempting and delicious already, right?
Even though the headquarter of the European Parliament is in Brussels, this doesn’t mean that the city is boring and that all you see around are too-busy bureaucrats running from one place to another. You’d be surprised to find out that this capital is one of the most beautiful European cities, with breath-taking architecture and people that are always full of energy.
There are a lot of places to see, things to do and delicacies to try!
How do you get there?
Flying with Blue Air, of course! We provide various routes at advantageous prices, along with personalized services and our airplanes land directly on the main airport in Brussels – that’s what we call “Smart Flying”.
From the airport, you can take the train to the city center and the price of a round trip ticket is around €15. The Central Station is the closest to the heart of Brussels and the most popular meeting place in the area is the Brussels-Midi train station. Once you arrive here, you will only have to make a few steps to get to the closest subway station. There are numerous direct connections that will get you anywhere in Brussels.
Things you didn’t know about Brussels
Belgium is well-known for its over 172.000 tons of chocolate produced annually. Furthermore, the greatest chocolate sales point in the world is located inside Brussels International Airport. There are over 2000 shops always ready to satisfy the needs and tastes of the most pretentious chocolate lovers.
There are over 450 varieties of Belgian beer sold in Brussels. Starting from the classic brews and ending with the fanciest ones, the Belgian beer is never missing from any restaurant dining table. Beer aficionados should try Westvleteren 12 at least once in a lifetime, the rarest Belgian beer, known as the beer with the finest taste and very rich in flavours. The fact that the annual production of this type of beer is limited is what makes it so wanted.
There’s no secret that Belgian people are gourmets and they appreciate any type of food that matches with their exceptional beer. You’ll find over 140 restaurants per square kilometer and over 4000 shops selling various types of French fries and over 40 types of sauces. People here are so in love with this food that they even have a museum of French fries.
Belgian men are some of the tallest people in the world. Belgium occupies the second place in top countries with tallest men in the world, with an average height of 181,7 cm, the first place being occupied by Denmark. But this is not the only thing that differentiates Brussels men from tourists.
98% of Belgian population lives in the urban area and 97% out of them have access to TV cable services. When you get bored of wandering the streets and you have nothing else to watch on the TV, you can opt for doing something more fun, such as jumping in the deepest pool in the world! Nemo33, as it was iconically named, has 35 m in depth and is one of those places that you must see while in Brussels.
Tourist attractions you should not miss
Brussels is a city where you should spend more than 24 hours to visit it, but if you’re in a hurry or just want to get a glimpse of it, you can adjust your “to visit” list. We suggest you opt for the following route:
Cinquentenaire – The Royal Palace – Mont des Arts – Grand Place – Manneken Pis.
In order to get to the spectacular Cinquentenaire Park or Jubelpark, you’ll have to walk through the European Neighbourhood first, where you can find the sumptuous buildings of the European Parliament and the European Committee. The park was founded in 1880 as a celebration to the 50th anniversary of Belgium’s independence. The view is incredible, especially due to the triumphal arch located right in the centre of the green area.
From here, the next stop is at the Royal Palace in Brussels – the official building of Belgium’s kings and queens, although the building is not used as a residence. Instead, the official audiences and visits are held here.
It is best to keep your eyes off your phone and enjoy the unique architecture of the buildings, as well as the street art, on your way to one of the most famous and beautiful areas in Brussels – Mont des Arts. Once you’re here, you can consider yourself a “blue blood” person. Mont des Arts offers an outstanding panorama of the city. While staying on the stairs of Jardin du Mont des Arts, you can see some important tourist landmarks, such as The City Hall’s Tower or Atomium.
Walk down the stairs of Mont des Arts directly towards Grand Place, the zero-mile marker in Brussels and the place where you’ll find the most vibrating and coloured market – Grote Markt. Even though it’s a small market, it is a visual feast for tourists, due to the multitude of architectural styles that mingle together in various colour palettes.
By following the wonderful streets in the square, you’ll easily get to Mannaken Pis, one of the most renowned bronze sculptures. Even though it may look funny, it is of great importance for Belgians, and there is even a tailor responsible for creating outfits for the statue every now and then.
If you still got plenty of time to spend, you can visit and, at the same time, do some shopping at Brussels’ Galleries. Another option recommended to those who want to see the world from above would be to visit Atonium. Also, if there’s clear sky, it’s worth including the Royal Observatory in Brussels and you will be bewildered by what space secrets you may find and by the beauty of celestial objects.
The truth is that even we were left breathless by reading this article, but one thing we completely agree with – that Brussels is definitely a city worth visiting.
So, what are you waiting for, traveller? The route is already established, you know what attractions to visit, all you have to do now is to book a flight to Brussels with Blue Air.
Gather tons of memories and come back well!