The Capital Of Europe
There's much more to Brussels than beer, chocolate and chips. The capital of the country and of Europe, is far from the dull bureaucratic city that it is often perceived to be. On the contrary, it is a vibrant cosmopolitan place that has fantastic shopping opportunities, an abundance of bars and restaurants, every kind of museum and a laid-back atmosphere that all add up to make it a perfect weekend break destination.
The city's millennium-old tradition of pragmatic mercantilism and international relations is symbolized by grand halls, fabulous architecture and Pis Mannekin, this sculpture of a little boy urinating has become the city's beloved symbol. It's no wonder that Brussels' most famed exports include Hergé's intrepid explorer Tintin, and the surreal art of masters such as Magritte and Delvaux, whose creations capture the absurdity and excitement of a city that has become the undisputed crossroads of Europe. So head to a cozy cafe, order a lambic beer or fresh hot chocolate and just soak it all in.
The heart of Brussels in terms of location and where everything is going on.
This is where the people of Brussels come to see and be seen. It is an elegant square, surrounded by numerous restaurants, cafés, and antiques shops. On Saturday from 9am-6pm and on Sunday from 9am-2pm an antique market is in full swing.
Grote Zavel/Grand Sablon Brussels 1050 Grote Zavel/Grand Sablon: premetro/tram 48, 95 & 96 bus 34Website
Worth a quick look just to see how something so famous can be so small!
Follow the signposts south out of the Grand Place.Website
For something different, visit the Belgian Center for Comic Strip Art, great for Tintin lovers.
The Tintin shop is located right next to the Grand-PlaceWebsite