Brussels Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in Brussels
The Belgian capital is famous for many things: being the headquarters of the European Union, beer, fries, and a strange peeing statue, but it’s often overlooked for being as cool as it is. Start here with my basic Brussels travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Brussels travel blogs.
When to Visit
Summer months such as July and August are peak tourist season all over Belgium, but that’s also when you’ll find a number of great art, culture and music festivals taking place all over Brussels. In winter before the end of the year, the streets come alive with the myriad Christmas markets, and though it can be cold, the atmosphere is magical! Basically, visit Brussels at any time of year and you’ll be able to find something cool happening, just don’t forget to pack a sweater, even potentially in the summer!
Top Things To Do
Visit the Horta Museum – Dedicated to the work of Art Nouveau architect, Victor Horta, this museum is housed in his former home and UNESCO site built in the late 19th century. It gives a fascinating look at the movement not only as contributed to by Horta himself, but many of his contemporaries.
Drink beer – Really, is there something that Belgium isn’t known for more than beer? Maybe frites, but we’ll stick with the drinking. There are hundreds of beer bars in Brussels, but if you wan’t to do something a bit more off-beat, consider a beer tasting at Spirit of Wallonia.
Browse the flea markets – They may mostly be full of junk, but if you’re shopping for 1920s kitchen cutlery, you won’t find a better place to look in Brussels! The daily market at the Place de Jeu du Balle is highly recommended in this case as it’s bizarre but fun for a good stroll!
Although it’s a relatively small city, taking a tour around Brussels will save you time and get you in to some areas of the city you might otherwise overlook, so it’s definitely worth you time to consider one. Take a look at this selection of Brussels tours.
LGBT – Gay Brussels Travel Guide
As the second country in the world to introduce marriage equality, Belgium is a very accepting and easy place for LGBT travelers, and Brussels is undoubtedly the gay capital of the country, with most of the city’s gay life being centered around one street in the downtown area: Rue du Marché au Charbon. Apart from the bars, clubs and other parties, these are a few of the best things you should know about visiting gay Brussels.
Pink Screens Film Festival – This annual film festival taking place every November showcases LGBT films from around the world at several venues around Brussels. Several parties and music events are also organised to coincide with the festival.
Brussels Pride – Belgium’s main pride event takes over the city every May and consists of a march as well as many other political, fundraising, music and comedy events. Each year’s pride has a different theme and aims to address and raise awareness of minorities within the LGBT community.
More gay travel resources here.
Brussels Hotel Deals
Brussels has plenty of cool and quirky hotels, as well as all the big chains you’d expect. They’ll likely get full when there’s a conference or special event in town, so definitely consider booking in advance. I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
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