City Guide: Brussels
Brussels is the city where the European Parliament is located. Thus, Brussels is the city where many demonstrations take place or end as important decisions are made in Brussels. During the week, Brussels is anything but a cheap city when it comes to hotels. But on weekends, Brussels is really affordable for all travelers alike.
Visiting the Village Provencal
The first thing we saw was a market focusing on products from the Provence. You might have heard about the French region which is popular for its cheese.
But it’s not just the cheese, there are many other products such as spices or macaroons which are offered.
Finding an abandoned park
As we found a park on the city map, but didn’t see exactly where possibilities to enter where located, we were quite happy when we found a gap to dip in.
Unfortunately, it turned out pretty fast that we were wrong and that this is an abandoned, probably private, separated part.
We rather got back out and moved on to see the buildings of the European Quarter.
As a huge demonstration was announced for the next day, we were lucky enough to be able to take a photo of it without masses of people in front of it…
Strolling around in Brussels’ streets
Brussels has both, big and small streets. You cannot even distinct between an old part of the city and new, modern buildings, as it appears to be mixed.
This combination gives Brussels a very interesting and somewhat unique dynamic.
Elevator in the city
What fascinated us was an elevator which brought pedestrians from a very high level of the city of Brussels to a very low one.
But before entering, we were able to enjoy awesome views of Brussels. The only wish left was clear weather, but I guess you just cannot have it all!
Grand Place Brussels
It didn’t take us long until we found Brussels’ town hall as well as the famous “Grand Place”.
Next to the natural ancient beauty of this place, there was a big festivity going on. Not our biggest passion, but of enough other people, there was a beer feast going on. Which made it very difficult to take adequate pictures and to “fully enjoy the rain”.
Visiting Palais Royal
In summer, Palais Royal is open for visitors and free of entrance. It is possible to walk through the palace and even to take photos without flash!
So if you’re curious about how the king lives and works, give it a shot! We enjoyed it very much and were impressed of the pageantry.
Discovering Triumphal Arch
As I learned, there are many cities which do have a triumphal arch such as Paris or Rome. And Brussels!
There is a huge green square which leads to Triumphal Arch. In the case of Brussels, the Triumphal Arch is a symbol for the gained independence of Belgium.
Atomium is the most famous landmark of Brussels. Located a bit outside the city, it was once created and built for the world exhibition. Comparable to the Eiffel Tower in Paris!
Atomium does definitely look like a huge atom! On the other side, it is definitely the most touristic thing in Brussels…
Historic and religious
When visiting the city of Brussels, definitely keep an eye out for historic buildings and architecture from another time – it is just so worth it and beautiful to look at!
In contrast to many other cities we visited, especially in Eastern Europe, Brussels does not have many churches or religious buildings too obvious in the heart of the city.
However, if you’re interested, there are some to see. The one which impressed us was called “Basilica of the Sacred Heart”. Around it, there is a huge green square which seems perfect for enjoying Brussels and the moment when it’s warm enough!