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Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the European Union, is a city that successfully blends the legacy of the Middle Ages with today's conditions. The city, whi...
Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the European Union, is a city that successfully blends the legacy of the Middle Ages with today's conditions. The city, which means "settlement in the marsh", has become a sight of both culture tours and leisure-oriented holiday-seeking travelers. If you come to town in the summer, where the temperature of the air is 20-25 degrees; Festival Couleur Cafe, Ommegang Medieval History Festival and other organizations in different concepts can be watched on the spot. Shopping buffs can get to famous brands and local products by taking advantage of tax advantages of the city's vibrant night life continues until the first light of the morning. Accommodation facilities in Brussels, a safe city, offer every budget option in terms of price and are pleased with their central location and holiday. You can also easily reach the city by foot or by public transport such as the metro, tram or bus, which is famous for its Belgian chocolates, waffles and monasteries.
Where to stay in Brussels?
The capital city of Belgium, which means "settlement in the swamp", is one of the most important cities in Europe as a political or tourist attraction. That is why millions of people visit the city every year. If you are planning a Brussels trip in the near future, the first question you will have to ask is, of course, "Where do you stay in Brussels?"
Brussels, which hosts important institutions such as the EU Parliament and the EU Commission, is considered the capital of Europe. Due to the political position of the city, many politicians are welcomed. Travelers traveling around Amsterdam, Paris and Luxembourg, however, have a few days' visit to Brussels with fast trains in Europe. Beautiful historic texture, vibrant night life Brussels is a city where you can visit and have fun for a few days.
Brussels is a small city in general. Wherever you stay throughout the city, you can reach most sightseeing spots with a short stroll or a metro / tram ride. The vast majority of the city's places of interest are within easy walking distance of each other, with only the Atomium and Mini Europe being a little further away.
Brussels City Center: The main center of Brussels is the famous Grote Markt (Grand Place) Square. There are many important structures around this square which is active day and night. In the streets of the city from the Middle Ages you can find cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops - everything you are looking for shortly. It is useful to be careful as you are in every city in the middle of the night, which is a bit of a hike later in the night.
Grand Place Square, Brussels
To the east of the square is a very big train and metro station called Brussels Central Station. High-speed trains from Paris and Amsterdam are being arranged. Situated in the north-west of the center, Place Sainte Catherine is famous for its seafood restaurants and shopping streets such as Rue Antoine Dansaert.
Ixelles et Saint Gilles: located in the south of the city center of the 2nd district, where is the place to stay in Brussels and is known as the shopping paradise. Brussels's most famous shopping street called Avenue Louise is located here. Besides, the city's most famous gourmet restaurants, bars and hotels are located in this area. It is within walking distance of many important sights in Brussels. In the upper areas of Avenue Louise, you can find affordable hotels in the Louise subway stop.
European Quarter: You can find the best business hotels in the district of the city, which contains important places such as Royal Palace and Brussels Park. It is possible to reach many places on foot here.
3 ★ ibis Hotel Brussels Center Ste Catherine
Our first recommendation is the 3-star ibis Hotel Brussels Center Ste Catherine, which has a score of 8.2 out of a total of 3000 reviews. Located right next to the De Brouckere metro station, it is 550 meters from the city's center, the Grand Place, and a 10 minute walk from the Children's Statue.
3 ★ Hotel Saint Nicolas
The 3-star Hotel Saint Nicolas is a beautiful establishment with 8 out of 10 points after approximately 5000 reviews. In the very center of Brussels, there is also a tram stop near Tesise which is 3 minutes away from Brouckere underground station. Grand Place, the famous square of Brussels, is 3 minutes from the hotel and 5 minutes from the Children's Statue. This facility, which is very popular due to its location, costs 109 Euros per night for a double room for June period. The normal list price is around 124 euros.
3 ★ Bedford Hotel & Congress Center
The 3-star Bedford Hotel & Congress Center is one of the most popular hotels in Brussels. It has a high score of 8.2 out of 10 with a result of 15,000 reviews. Located 450 meters from Grand Place Square, this boutique hotel is surrounded by many restaurants and pubs. The Anneessens metro station is 200 meters away from the hotel.
4 ★ Thon Hotel Brussels City Center
The 4-star Thon Hotel Brussels City Center is a 3-minute walk from the popular Rue Neuve Avenue and Rogier Square, which has a score of 8.4 out of a total of over 3,000 reviews. There is free wi-fi service right next to the facility on City 2 AVM. You can reach the airport by transferring to the Rogier metro station opposite the hotel. In June there was a double room for 107 euros, normally this price could go up to 199 euros.
4 ★ Marivaux Hotel
The 4-star Marivaux Hotel has 8.3 out of 10 points. The nearest metro station is the Rogier station, which is just 200 m away. For the June period, the hotel's double room cost was around 149 euros. This hotel also has free wi-fi service, which has the best price benefit rate of the city.
Places to Visit in Brussels
1. Grand Place
The Grand Place, one of the most lively and beautiful squares of Europe, is at the top of the list of places to visit in Brussels. Surrounded by a number of historic buildings, including the Breadhouse, including the city hall and the Brussels City Museum, the square is the ideal location for socializing in Brussels.
The most popular event on the street, hosting the Belgian Beer Manufacturers Museum, is the Flower Carpet Festival, held every two years in August. You can sit at this popular square in the city, take a breath and see beautiful buildings and admirers watching them.
2. Manneken Pis
One of the first stops to visit after spending time at Grand Place is the Manneken Pis, where you can hear about many city legends.
The sculpture, which was stolen many times after 1618 and was renewed at the same time, is a fountain designed as a child who does not really work. The sculpture, which is poured into a beer during celebrations, is dressed in some of the clothes in the wardrobe on special occasions.
Although the Children's Statue does not count as the city's icons, you can be frankly frustrated when you first see the sculpture 61 cm long. Nevertheless, do not leave the city without photographing before you see this popular icon of the city. The statue is located 10 minutes walk from Grand Place Square.
Atomium was built for EXPO 1958, which depicts the magnified state of the iron crystals 165 billion times. The monument, consisting of 9 culms, each 18 meters in diameter, was designed by Andre Waterkey.
After completion, the top floor of the building, which has become the symbol of modern architecture in the city, can be reached by elevator, is the ideal spot to observe Brussels. This floor also has a restaurant where you can eat. Do not leave the city without seeing it at least from the outside, which makes the nightfall become a separate air.
Address: Square de l'Atomium, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium
Visiting Times: Everyday 10: 00-18: 00
Admission Fee: Adult 12 Euro (Mini Europe + Atomium 24,70 Euro)
4. Mini Europe
Mini Europe, which you can see miniatures of 1:25 scale of 350 buildings from 80 cities, is located in Bruparck just like Atomium. In the open air miniature park opened in 1989, you can examine various types of train, mill, cable car models as well as Vesuvian volcano modeled as an explosion as well as structures such as Pisa Tower, Grand Place, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower.
There is also an interactive demonstration in the park, offering visitors information about the European Union, the "Spirit of Europe". Dilerseniz You can buy combo tickets that include Atomium + Mini Europe locations. Because these two popular places of the city are right next to each other.
Address: B-1020 Brussels (Laken)
Visiting Times: Everyday 09: 30-18: 00
Admission Fee: Adult 15,30 Euro (Atomium + Mini Europe 24,70 Euro)
5. St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral
The most magnificent religious building you can include on your list of Brussels destinations is a museum displaying valuable items. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral. The cathedral, which Victor Hugo described as the simplest example of the Gothic architecture, It was built as a chapel dedicated to Michael.
The religious structure which was converted to church in the 11th century. Lampert brought sacred goods belonging to St. Gudula. The wooden pulpit by Hendrik Frans Verbruggen is one of the most interesting parts of the cathedral.
Address: Place Sainte-Gudule, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Visiting Times: Everyday 07:30 - 18:00
Entrance is free. Treasury department 2 Euro.