Capital of Europe - it is home to several European institutions such as the Parliament and the Commission - and capital of Belgium, Brussels is always full of atmosphere and welcoming. You can discover it around a beer, gueuze or lambic, but also on the Grand Place, Place Sainte-Catherine, in the French fry barracks or on the terraces of the mussel restaurants, and especially between the alleys of the flea market in Place du Jeu de Balle. We can also read it in the comic strip, of which Brussels is the epicentre. City of Hergé and Schuiten, we meet Tintin, Spirou and Les Cités obscures on the walls of the buildings and in the Belgian Comic Strip Centre. Its urban animation exists even in its suburbs, far from the historical centre, from the Marolles to the Châtelain, from the Cinquantenaire to Molenbeek. Brussels is also a green capital, with many parks, gardens, such as the Brussels Park or the Cinquantenaire Park, and even a forest on the edge of the city. A city of culture, Brussels is also home to the famous Atomium, near the Royal Park of Laeken, and the Mont des Arts, which houses the Magritte Museum. Also note that Brussels is the second largest French-speaking capital in the world, although it was originally a Dutch-speaking Brabant city, a language that is still used alongside French! A tourist guide dedicated to Brussels will allow you to discover all its mysteries and to know the best places to visit.

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When to go to Bruxelles - Brussel?

Brussels is dynamic all year round, but with only one drawback: its cold and rainy climate. To know when to go to Brussels, here are some tips.

High tourist season: The best time to go to Brussels is between May and September, when temperatures become more pleasant and rains less frequent. February, for carnivals, and December, for Christmas markets, can also be the subject of a few days getaway. Belgium means folklore and tradition. Be careful to check the dates of the Brussels festivities. Some parades sometimes cause heavy traffic jams in transport, such as during carnivals. As a worthy European capital: it is preferable to avoid the car to travel around Brussels on European summit days in particular.

Mid-season tourism: Although there is never any inactivity in Brussels, there are fewer tourists between November and March, excluding the Christmas and New Year period. The climate is indeed quite prohibitive.

How to go to Bruxelles - Brussel? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

An organised trip to Brussels will offer the classic tours, Atomium, Grand-Place and Marolles, as well as excursions to Bruges and Antwerp. Going with a tour operator will allow you to get prices on accommodation and transport.

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It couldn't be easier. Brussels is only 1h30 from Paris by Thalys and 40 mIn from Lille by Eurostar or TGV. Brussels Airlines, the Belgian national airline, operates daily flights from Paris-CDG, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Strasbourg and Toulouse to Brussels Airport in Zaventem. You will have no language barriers or cultural differences. You will then fully enjoy your stay, without any questions.

Brussels is above all a city that can be visited on foot. The distances between the main tourist attractions are not great. However, the city is very well served by public transport. The centre is well served by a network of metros (four lines) and trams operating in tunnels, known as " prémétros ". To get to areas outside the Pentagon, you will often have a choice between tram and bus.

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How to get organized?

An organised trip to Brussels will offer the classic tours, Atomium, Grand-Place and Marolles, as well as excursions...
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