Brussels is the bilingual capital of Belgium meaning both French and Dutch are the official languages of the city. The city is more than 1000 years old. Beer drinking has been a national passion. Brussels, the beer paradise, every September holds a Beer Festival at Grand Place.
Chocolate is one of Belgium’s prominent industries. Pralines, chocolate masterpiece created by Jean Neuhaus are very famous. Brussels being a beer city has two beer museums, the Maison des Brasseurs (Brewers House), and the Musee de la Gueuze (Grueze Museum). Lambic style of beer is only brewed in and around Brussels. Brussels is also referred to as gastronomic center of Europe for its wide variety of food, hot piping waffles are a must try. How can one forget our comic hero, Tintin. He was the creation of Belgian artist Hergé, the pen name of Georges Remi.
Brussels is served by the Brussels Airport (BRU). The airport located in the Zaentem’s Flemish is a little over 10 miles (16 km) from the city, and is ranked among Europe's Top Five for freight. Brussels Airline is the national carrier. Make use of cheap flights to Brussels to get to the Beer City.
The city is accessible from every part of Europe. One can land up in a much smaller South Charleroi Airport (CRL), which is located near to Charleroi, 30 mi from the city. Make use of the cheap airfares to Liege and get down at the nearest airport. The whole of Europe is well connected by Train.
The world famous Mannekin-Pis statue of the peeing boy is seen as a symbol of French and Dutch cohabitation in Brussels. It has two beer museums, the Maison des Brasseurs (Brewers House), and the Musee de la Gueuze (Grueze Museum). Atomium, model of a molecule, (Mini Europe) is the only place where touring the continent takes just a few hours. You should only have the patience; Brussels has a museum for everything; Beer, Comic, Chocolate and what not. Grand Place is a World Heritage Site and is the central market square in Brussels. The Waterloo Battlefield was also known as the Napolean’s last field.
The best time to visit Brussels is from May to October. Weekends and holidays have the best entertaining events. The weather at times is unpredictable but the temperatures are mostly mild (between 10°C to 25°C). You can hit the city for sightseeing on Sunday’s as the shops are closed.
A special drink, which is only found in the city, is known as “half-en-half”. It is a blend of white wine & champagne. A visit to Brussels is incomplete without stepping into Delirium Café, only place where one gets 2000 different varieties of beer, Guiness world Record. Unbelievable! Brussels is a clubbing town, the best nightlife pubs are Fuse, La Fleur en Papier Dore, L’Archiduc, Le Cirio to name a few. There are hotels like Le Châtelain All Suite Hotel, Hotel Amigo and also youth hostels.