Brussels is the capital of Belgium it is also the largest urban area in Belgium, comprising 19 municipalities, including the municipality of the City of Brussels, which is the de jure capital of Belgium, in addition to the seat of the French Community of Belgium and of the Flemish Community.
600 years ago, Brussels was just a place to take a break on the way to Bruges.
Today, with over one million people, it is the headquarters of NATO and the capital of the European Union.
This travelogue brings us to the heart of Europe. We visit the attractions Brussels is most famous for and move on to explore lesser-known areas.
In this video, we start in Bruges to check into a medieval hospital, savour the exquisite art of Memling, climb a bell tower, getting up close and fortissimo at a carillon concert. Then we ride the train to Brussels, where passionate chefs — creators of French fries and Europe’s finest chocolate — give us a taste of their art.
The most important places to visit in Brussels:
- The Atomium represents a cell of iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. You can even take a walk inside.
- Manneken Pis – simply put, a statue of a boy urinating. Often it’s adorned with costumes.
- Royal greenhouses were built all the way back in 1873, it’s a massive complex of greenhouse domes and galleries that showcase many rare plants and flowers.
- Royal Palace – currently the offices of Belgian monarchy, this present structure was constructed in the 19th century.
- Grand Palace – spend an evening in Europe’s most beautiful square. Few other places in the world can match its architectural splendour.