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City Breaks > Brussels


Book a cheap city break to Brussels with Best4Travel! Holidays to Brussels are ideal for anyone looking for a cultural, European experience! As the capital of Belgium, Brussels is home to a vast collection of historical sights and attractions which you can find more details about below.


Here at Best4Travel, we have access to great-value holiday deals on flights and centrally located accommodation in Brussels that you won’t find anywhere else.


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Top Attractions in Brussels


  • Grand Place:

  • The Grand Place, or Grote Markt, is a stunning central square in the city of Brussels. Surrounded by lavishly designed guildhouses, the square has had a fascinating history since its construction in the early 11th century and has had such memorable former residents as Victor Hugo and Karl Marx.


    In 1402 construction started on the gothic Brussels Town Hall (Hotel de Ville). This epic example of medieval architecture still stands to this day, having survived the bombardment of Brussels in 1695, the horrors of WWI, and Nazi occupation during WWII. These events have made the Grand Place quite a fitting spot for the Museum of the City of Brussels to be located.


  • Manneken Pis (Lil’ Piddler):

  • This small bronze statue of a boy urinating is a Belgian national treasure, having been a permanent feature of the city since either 1618 or 1619, and is a perfect example of the local zwanse (humour). The statue has been dressed up in over 1000 costumes over the years, a number of which can be seen in the City Museum.


  • Comics:

  • The Adventures of Tintin, by Hergé (Georges Remi) has had a huge cultural impact on Belgium since the comic’s release in 1929. Nowadays TinTin pops up everywhere in the country’s capital, from the Tintin Boutique on Rue de la Colline, on countless murals across the city, and more recently in the Músee Hergé in Louvain-la-neuve.


    Tintin is not the only character to be found on Brussels Comic Book Route, with works by such prominent street artists as Defo 84, Oli-B, Solo Cink, and Bonom, turning the entire city into an open-air gallery.


Where to Eat in Brussels


Arguably one of the biggest draws for holidays in Belgium is the food. Belgian chocolate is often regarded as the best in the world, and any sweet connoisseur would be remiss not to visit the various chocolate boutiques and workshops in Brussels, from Laurent Gerbaud on Rue Ravenstein, to Neuhaus, the home of the praline!


If you needed any more proof of Belgium’s confectionary prowess, just look at how prevalent Belgian waffles are! In Brussels, waffle carts and boutiques are available at every turn, and if you don’t currently have any strong opinion on the Belgian versus Liège waffle debate you certainly will by the time you leave! Maison Dandoy in Rue au Beurre is often voted as the best waffle shop in Brussels. While there make sure you try the gingerbread Speculoos that put this bakery on the map, and will make the perfect souvenir to bring home!


Belgium is also famous for the incredible range of international cuisine its multicultural society has brought to the country’s capital. We here at Best4Travel have listed the Top Rated Cafés and Restaurants in Brussels below (along with some of our favourites) for you to try!


  • Low Cost
    • Tonton Garby, Rue Duquesnoy 6
    • Bia Mara, Rue du Marche aux Poulets
    • L’Express, Rue des Chapeliers 8

  • Moderately Priced
    • La Quincaillerie, Rue du Page 45
    • Belga Queen, Rue du Fossé aux Loups 32
    • Le Zinneke, Place de la Patrie 26

  • Expensive
    • Le Rabassier, Rue de Rollebeek 23
    • Bon Bon, Avenue de Tervueren 453
    • Comme Chez Soi, Place Rouppe 23

Nightlife


  • Pubs

    • Delirium, Impasse de la Fidelite 4A
    • Poechenellekelder, Rue du Chêne 5
    • Au Brasseur, Rue des Chapeliers 9

  • Clubs

    • Fuse, Rue Blaes 208
    • Bazaar, Rue des Capucins 63
    • You Night Club, Rue Duquesnoy 18

Transport


Getting around Brussels couldn’t be easier with metro, tram, taxi, and bus services available throughout the city with the STIB (Société des Transports Intercommunaux Bruxellois). Set your city break off right and purchase a Brussels Card + Public Transport; a travel card that not only gives you unlimited use of the metro, tram, and bus for 24, 48, or 72 hours, but also access to 39 of Brussel’s top museums free of charge, and incredible discounts to the city’s top cafés, restaurants, and bars!


Transfers


With Best4Travel you can have a transfer arranged for you from Brussels Airport straight to your hotel! The approximate transfer times from the airport to the city’s top hotel and tourist destinations are as follows:


  • City Centre : 30 minutes

  • Anderlecht : 25 minutes

  • European District : 30 minutes

  • Ixelles and Saint-Gilles : 25 minutes

  • Saint-Josse-ten-Noode : 20 minutes

For more information or for a tailored quotation on transfers to any of the resorts in Brussels featured above, please call our expert Irish call centre today FREE on 1800 814 000


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  • Currency: Euro

  • Language: Dutch, French and German

  • Time Difference to Ireland: +1 hour

  • Flight Time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Local Dutch Phrases:
    • Hello: Hallo
    • Good morning: Goedemorgen
    • How are you?: Hoe gaat het?
    • Good afternoon: Goedenavond
    • Good night: Goedenacht
    • Goodbye: Daag
    • Please: Alstublieft
    • Thank you: Dank u wel
    • You’re welcome: Graag gedaan
    • My name is... : Ik heet...
    • Do you speak English?: Spreek je Engels?
    • I am from Ireland: Ik kom uit Ierland

  • Public Holidays
    • 1 January: New Years Day
    • April : Easter Monday
    • 1 May : Labour Day
    • May
      • Ascension Day
      • Pentecost Monday (Whit Monday)
    • 21 July : Independence Day
    • 15 August : Assumption Day
    • 1 November : All Saints’ Day
    • 11 November : Armistice Day
    • 25 December : Christmas Day

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