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Why fly to Brussels?
Brussels is a place of power and beauty. It is the capital of Europe with the headquarters of NATO and the European Union located within its borders.
The city is a wonderful mix of Spanish, Flemish, German, Italian, English and Walloon. This unique mix has made for a thoroughly interesting city and culture. In fact check out mini Europe, which is a permanent fixture in the city and is made up of iconic structures that represent major European cities like London's Big Ben.
The architecture in Brussels has several influences and includes some of the most beautiful and interesting pieces in Europe. Head to the Grand Square and start your architectural exploration. The square itself is quite beautiful to see. Galleries and museums provide a wealth of cultural information inside and sheer beauty on the outside like the Magritte Museum and the Musee Royaux Des Beaux-Arts.
One of the most well known pieces of artist in the city is of a little boy urinating called Mannekan Pis, which illustrates the city's whimsical view of art and design. And which also explains why the city also hosts the Comic Strip Museum. The museum itself is housed in a building designed by Victor Horta in the beginning of the 20th century.
For a piece of science meets art check out what an iron crystal would look like, magnified billions of times at the the Atomium. The monument was erected for the 1958 World Fair and is one of the city's most iconic structures.
Brussels is a world class city and every little pebble, stone or piece of iron sings of it.
Summer temperatures in the city are hot and often hit the border of 30. The winters are cool but not freezing with temperatures in the 10s along with the occasional sprinkling of snow. The city experiences some light rain throughout the year.
When to fly to Brussels
Due to the headquarters of several important institutions located in the city, Brussels is quite busy throughout the year. The summer brings in the tourists although residents of the city head out. Flight tickets are expensive from June to August.
The cooler months reduce tourist travel to the city and as a result flight tickets are less expensive during those months. For the best deals plan a trip in October to November or alternatively February to March.
Getting into Brussels
Your flight will land at Brussels International Airport. The airport has a great shuttle service, which is frequent and runs directly into the city center. Outside of the terminal you can find buses that will take you into the city center as well as outer neighborhoods. In addition, taxi service is available outside of the terminals.
Getting around Brussels
Brussels is an easy city to get around. You can traverse by foot when the weather is good, but when you need some wheels there are plenty of options. The public transpiration service in the city is very efficient and includes buses, trams as well as light rail.
- Check out the Natural Sciences Museum with its numerous exhibits it is a fantastic tour for adults and kids alike. Some of the exhibits include the North Sea Discovery Room which provides an interactive tour of the Belgian coast. The North Coast - South Coast exhibits show the stark differences in the two environments while a mineral gallery gets deep into the earth's core.
- Learn all about Europe's Parliament at the EP's visitor center. Get a closer look at how decisions are made and the 360 projection will make you feel like you're actually sitting inside parliament chambers.
- Visit the world's first shopping center, the Galleries Royales Saint-Hubert. The building itself is incredible and offers some really great boutique shopping.
- Take a stroll through the impeccably manicured city parks one of the largest ones is the Cinquantenaire Park, which provides a nice place to relax and have a snack on one of the wooden benches as you watch life float by in Brussels.
- One of the most prominent collections of art is all of Europe is located in Brussels at the Musee Royeaux des Beaux Arts. Spend the day taking in classical artwork by the greats.
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