Like any other European city, the architecture of Brussels is striking. It has a combination of Baroque, Gothic, Neo-Classical and postmodern styles, and its appeal lies in its diversity. The Grand Palace attracts many visitors, and the square has the Neo-Gothic Breadhouse, the Guilds of Brussels and the Manneken Pis, which are also major tourist spots. A trip to the Brussels Park ensures that you can see the Royal Palace, the Palace of the Nation (which is the seat of the Belgian federal parliament) and the Office of the Prime Minister. A number of cultural and music festivals fill up the calendar like the Iris Festival in spring and the The Couleur Café Festival. If you are interested in folklore, the Ommegang and The Saint-Verhaegen will attract you immensely.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Brussels
Where to Shop
The streets of rueNeuve and Chaussée d’Ixelles are lined with outlets of many international brands and are busy shopping areas. If you are looking for budget buys, head to Place du Jue de Balle or Galerie Agoragalerij, where people sell their old stuff and are willing to negotiate the prices. You can find perfect souvenirs for friends and family here. Avenue Louise also has a mix of high end fashion stores and pocket-friendly stores. After you are done, you can relax in the cafes in Rue Jean Stas. If you love all things old, head to the Sunday Brussels vintage market in Rue de la Violette. You can end your shopping spree with a Brussels beer and chocolate walking tour, where you can interact with like-minded people.
What to Eat
La maison des Crêpes is a 100 year old restaurant at Zuidstraat 13 that makes beautiful crepes. Pick between La Savoyarde which is made with bacon, cheese and caramelized onions orL’Hélene, which has bacon, goat cheese and apples. The Café Tasse in Rue Marché aux Herbes offers a huge selection of chocolates and hot chocolate drinks, which you can but after tasting the countless free samples that are on display. Brussels is a heaven for dessert lovers. The delicious smell of pastry will usher you in Rose de Damas, Patisseries Orientales, which is a family run shop. Have the waffles with strawberry slices, chocolate sauce and whipped cream in Maison Dandoy and wash it all down with some beer from Delirium village.
The Local Language
Dutch and French are the official languages of Brussels, but most natives understand rudimentary English. But, it is always wise to learn some local phrases before visiting a country.
• parlez-vous anglais?-
“do you speak English?”
• L'addition s'il vous plait-
“the bill please”
Dos and Don’ts
• The weather changes pretty rapidly, so carry an umbrella with you.
• If you love fashion, Brussels has a lot to offer. You might want to save up.
• Festivals are quite regular here, so plan your trip accordingly.
• Do go on the Brussels Beer Tasting Tour.
Emergency Contact Numbers
• Emergency Services – 112
• 24-Hour Chemist - There are no 24- Hour chemists in Brussels, but some stay open till late.
• Fire - 100
• Police - 101
• Ambulance – 100
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Brussels?
The airlines offering cheap air tickets to Brussels are Air Europa and British Airways.
• What is the time zone used in?
The time zone of Belgium is GMT+1h.It is GMT + 2h during Daylight Saving Time.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from London to Brussels?
From London to Brussels, the most popular airlines are Vueling and British Airways
• What is the shortest time for a London to Brussels flight?
The shortest time for a direct London to Brussels flight is 1 hour 10 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Brussels?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Brussels are the Old England Building, Musée duCinquantenaire, St-Gilles Town Hall, Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art, Grand Place andÉglise Notre-Dame du Sablon.
• What is the currency of Belgium?
The currency of Belgium is Euro.
Download the Yatra app to grab cheap air-tickets
to Brussels. You can web check-in
to avoid queues at the airport. Yatra will answer all your travel queries. Happy travels to you!