Not only the capital of Belgium but also the administrative home of the European Union, Brussels is one of the top European city breaks. Its city centre is split into two distinct halves, the Upper Town and the Lower Town whose unique and contrasting beauties together make Brussels the brilliant city we know today.
One of the city’s definite musts and awarded one of TripAdvisor’s World’s 25 Best Landmark can be found in Lower Town; discover the enclosed picturesque Grand Place square. Marvel at the sheer beauty of this infamous marketplace, enjoy its many classic cafes, stroll around the flower market and check out the magnificent town hall. Close by are a number of the exceptional museums Brussels has offer and the Museum of the City of Brussels is one of the highlights which tells the story of this interesting city’s past and development through its amazing collection of tapestry, photographs, sculptures, engraving and stained glass displays.
Head to the gothic St Michael and Gudula Cathedral, a beautiful building dedicated to the city’s patron saint often used for royal weddings before delving deeper into the Upper Town which has much more of an aristocratic feel than its other half as it is here that the Government buildings, palaces and grand churches are located. Visit Brussels Park, the city’s oldest park and walk from the impressive Royal Palace at one end down to the Parliament at the other.
The Atomium located in Brupark looks like no other building, designed in the shape of an iron atom cluster only 165 billion times bigger is worth a visit, not only to see this amazing design but to head inside its nine spheres housing its various exhibitions. Visitors can also wander around Mini Europe and see 350 of Europe’s most loved landmarks at a 1:25 scale, enjoy its subtropical waterpark or head to the Village with lots of restaurants and shops so the Brupark is a perfect way to spend the day, especially if here on a family break.