Belgium's capital city, Brussels, is a fascinating place known for its rich heritage, stunning architecture, diverse culture, and delicious food.
The European Commission, the Council of the European Union, and the European Parliament are all located in Brussels, which is the de facto capital of the European Union (EU). The city significantly impacts how European politics and policies are developed.
Brussels has a wide range of architectural styles, from the clashing Gothic, Baroque, and Louis XIV styles on the Grand Place to the modernist structures of the EU institutions. Brussels has very little remaining medieval architecture. Most of the structures from that era can be found in the historic district (also known as Îlot Sacré), Saint Géry, and Sainte-Catherine neighborhoods.
The Grand Place, the principal attraction in the city center, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. The Flamboyant Town Hall, a neo-Gothic Breadhouse, and the Baroque guildhalls of the old Guilds of Brussels stand out on the square—all three structures date to the 15th century.
Brussels is equally famous for its culinary treasures. It is a chocolate lover's paradise, and Belgium is known for its premium chocolate. There are several gourmet chocolate stores in the city where you may taste a variety of delicious pralines, truffles, and other chocolate delights. You cannot miss the chance to try the original Belgian waffles, which offer the perfect contrast between a crispy outside and a fluffy Inside and are topped with a tasty variety of toppings. And, of course, no trip to Brussels would be complete without trying their legendary fries, which are served with a selection of tasty sauces.
All year long, Brussels hosts or organizes a lot of events. Numerous festivals also energize the Brussels atmosphere. The Iris Festival is the official festival of the Brussels-Capital Region and is held annually in spring, The Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival is held in February, and the Flower Carpet event is hosted every two years, during which the Grand Place in Brussels is turned into a stunning carpet of colorful blossoms. Visitors from all around the world come to see this magnificent display, which features beautiful floral designs.
Overall, all visitors to Brussels are guaranteed a fascinating and enlightening experience, whether they want to explore the historical landmarks, immerse themselves in the city's dynamic culture, or indulge in its culinary pleasures.