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What to see, what to do Bruxelles - Brussel?

The 10 good reasons to go Bruxelles - Brussel

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Paradise of the "chine

Flea market, antiques: you can go hunting from the Sablon to the Marolles. The old market is a Sunday must.

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Brussels, the European

Capital of more than 500 million Europeans and seat of the institutions: 184 nationalities

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Capital of the comic strip

Tintin lived in Brussels. Routes and a museum set Belgian comics to music.

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Beers, chocolates, speculoos

2,000 beers and 500 chocolate makers in the Plat Pays. Brussels also adds speculoos.

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Brussels, close to home

Brussels is the closest capital to Paris. And yet not at all French!

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Numerous quality museums

Fine arts, natural sciences or dedicated to Magritte: museums of international interest!

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Shopping at reasonable prices

Ideal for varied and original shopping, vintage or designer clothes and decoration.

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The largest pedestrian mall in Europe

With a surface area of 50 hectares, Brussels has the largest pedestrian area in Europe.

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The greenest city in Europe

With more than 8,000 hectares of forests, woods, parks and gardens, it's a great place to go green!

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Art Nouveau at every corner

An artistic movement close to nature, Art Nouveau exploded between 1890 and 1910.

What to visit Bruxelles - Brussel?

Interview

Interview: My Brussels

with Mélissa MONACO, author of the guide

Originally from Hainaut, Mélissa adopted Brussels when she arrived there to study journalism. After several years of expatriation, she returned in 2006. When she's not travelling (and writing on her blog mellovestravels.com), she's wandering around the different communes of Brussels, discovering things she'd never seen before and new addresses.

See the video of the interview

Good to know to visit Bruxelles - Brussel

Timetable Timetable

Museums close early in Brussels, at 6 pm at the latest for the most important ones. The same applies to most tourist attractions and sites. If there is one, the weekly closing day is normally Monday, as in France.

To be booked To be booked

It is not necessary to reserve your entrance to the museums, but it is strongly recommended

Until further notice, sanitary rules require you to have a sanitary pass, but we recommend that you inquire beforehand, as rules may change.

Budget & Tips Budget & Tips

Museums are quite expensive in Belgium, equivalent to French prices. Public museums are free and open on the first Sunday of the month, as in France.

Main events Main events

There are plenty of events in Brussels not to be missed, especially from spring onwards; but if we had to pick just a few, we would mention the Iris Festival (a festival of the Brussels-Capital Region) and the Europe Festival in May; the Ommegang, a show that recreates the "joyful entry" of Charles V into Brussels (in June-July); the iconic Flower Carpet with its thousands of begonias laid out on the Grand-Place (every even-numbered year in August); the Beer Weekend, again on the Grand-Place, in September; also in September, the Comic Book Festival and its parade of giant balloons; the Nuit Blanche and its many cultural events in October and the year closes with the Plaisirs d'Hiver (Winter Fun), much more than a Christmas market, which illuminates the long evenings of December.

Guided tours Guided tours

Visit Brussels offers guided tours on a variety of themes, which can be booked for a fee. Most museums also offer a guided alternative, usually for groups. Brussels has a network of greeters who are happy to show you around the city at your leisure. Info on www.visit.brussels

Smokers Smokers

Smoking is forbidden in all closed places (museums, restaurants, cafes...). Some closed places (like the airport) may have a dedicated smoking area.

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