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Historic yet hip, bureaucratic yet bizarre, self-confident yet unshowy.

Brussels is multicultural to its roots.

The cityscape swings from majestic to quirky to rundown and back again. Art deco facades face off against 1960s concrete developments, and regal 19th-century mansions contrast with the shimmering glass of the EU's Gotham City. This whole maelstrom swirls out from Brussels' medieval core, where the Grand Place is surely one of the world's most beautiful squares. But Brussels' greatest architectural expression came at the turn of the 19th century with art nouveau, and its master builder is Horta. While restraint characterises his exteriors, the interiors are sensual symphonies of form and colour.

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Hidden Gems

Rediscover Brussels

Brussels, capital of Belgium, principal seat of the Belgian Royal Family, and capital of the European Union, is a remarkably small, easy-going, and human-sized city for all its importance.
  • Châtelain Area

    Châtelain Area

    Nestled on the edge of St. Gilles and bordering Ixelles is the delightful area of Châtelain, a place popular with Bruxellois and expats alike for whiling away weekend and evening leisure hours. Place du Châtelain and the surrounding side streets have a little something for everyone. From excellent restaurant and bars, small boutiques to local markets with food trucks, flower stands and local farmers' produce - the area of Châtelain is always worth a visit. Whether you have an hour or a whole weekend spare, be sure to visit this chic neighborhood in the Belgian capital.

  • Brussels by Bike

    Brussels by Bike

    Go off the beaten track by cycling in Brussels and explore the capital's many different sides. Cycling is the ideal means of transportation to free you up to explore Brussels' diverse atmospheres. It lets you take in, admire and experience the capital's ambiance and features while taking advantage of the great outdoors. Not too fast and not too slow, cycling makes for an easy connection between the historical city centre and surrounding communities, while offering green spaces, extraordinary heritage, and a whole host of museums and activities to explore. So, saddle up and enjoy your guided ride through the city!

  • Local Breweries

    Local Breweries

    Beer and Brussels are inextricably linked. It's not for nothing that Belgian Beer culture has been listed as a part of humanity's world heritage, and there are countless bars and restaurants in the capital where beer plays a prominent role.

    Brussels Beer Project - Discover this charming brewery located in the heart of Brussels. Insider Tip: Join them for their new tasting route on rue du Bailli close to the hotel

    Beer Mania - Explore local craft beers

  • Comic Strip Museum

    Comic Strip Museum

    An accomplished attraction located in the heart of Brussels, the Comics Art Museum has been honouring the creators and heroes of the 9th Art for 30 years. The regularly renewed permanent exhibitions and a diversified programme of temporary exhibitions enable visitors to discover the countless aspects of comics art.

    Insider Tip: Hotel guests enjoy 10% discount on tickets for the museum

  • Street Art Route

    Street Art Route

    Graffiti or calligraphy, tags, stensils and stickers… Brussels' street artists represent the voice of a constantly evolving capital city. They exhibit their work in public spaces, in plain view of all those with a keen eye who can spot it. Whether commissioned or spontaneous, monumental or more discreet, the artworks cover building walls, benches, lamp posts, shop fronts and facades, using the city itself as an exhibition space.

  • Manneken Pis

    Manneken Pis

    Manneken Pis is a landmark 61 cm bronze fountain sculpture of a puer mingens in central Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. It was designed by Jérôme Duquesnoy the Elder, and put in place in 1618 or 1619. The current statue is a replica which dates from 1965.
  • Pannenhuis

    Pannenhuis

    Pannenhuis is a Brussels metro station on line 6. It is located in Laeken, in the northwest of the City of Brussels . It opened on 6 October 1982 and is named after Rue du Pannenhuys/Pannenhuisstraat, which is just to the west, in the municipality of Jette.
  • Parks in Brussels

    Parks in Brussels

    Brussels, a region as nature intended. A very green capital city that gives each of its inhabitants 28m² of nature: historic parks, pleasant little public gardens, broad tree-lined avenues, a wood, a forest and even farms and vegetable gardens! So many opportunities for city dwellers and visitors to Brussels to stay in touch with nature and enjoy a break in the fresh air. Have fun exploring!
  • For Foodies
    For Foodies
    The Best Belgian Fries

    Enjoy Fry Days

    The French claim they invented fries; so do the Belgians. But let's focus on something we can (nearly) all agree on. Fries, known as frites to Belgians and chips to the English, are a delicious snack and form the perfect accompaniment to a burger. To make sure you eat the best fries when you're next in Brussels, head to one of these top kiosks.

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    For Cocktail Connoisseurs
    La Pharmacie Anglaise

    SIP SIP HOORAY

    Enjoy delicious cocktails in the heart of Brussels.

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    For Romantics
    Explore the city's sunset hot spots

    Catching Rays

    Situated on the North-South axis that connects the lower, working-class part of the city with the upper, aristocratic part, the Mont des Arts has had quite an eventful history and nowadays offers stunning sunset views. 

    Perched on top of a Brussels hill, Place Poelaert offers a beautiful panoramic view over the Belgian capital. You can even see the basilica of Koekelberg and the Atomium in the distance. In Summer, the city of Brussels installs a 'Summer Info Point', a temporary Summer bar with deckchairs.

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    For Urban Travellers
    The Sablon and the Marolles

    Live Like a Local

    The Sablon and the Marolles seem to be each other's opposites: one neighbourhood chic and distinguished, the other folksy and authentic. In the past, the Sablon was a quarter for the nobility. The Marolles is a district known for its popular authenticity, a place for jokes and 'zwans', which houses a typical Brussels mix of French, Dutch, Spanish, and Arab-speaking residents. It has a fascinating social history. These two districts imperceptibly merge into one another. Their mutual influence is distinctively ‘Brussels'.

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    For Social Butterflies
    Place de Londres & St. Boniface Square

    Where the buzz is at

    Choosing Place de Londres for meeting up with people is always a good idea, no matter the occasion. There's truly something for everyone on this square: good restaurants like Mediterranean food at El Turco or sandwiches at JeanBon, fish and chips at Bia Mara, or drinks at the trendy London Calling. The area in front of the Saint Boniface church is known for its many bars and cafes, yet L'Athénée, which is hidden behind the church, often goes unnoticed. 

  • For The Easy Going
    For The Easy Going
    Royal Palace of Brussels

    sit back and relax

    The Royal Palace was built on the site of the former Palace of the Dukes of Brabant which was destroyed by fire in 1731. Started in 1820 under the reign of King William, it was modified in 1904 under Leopold II, who had it rebuilt in Louis XVI style. The side wings date from the 18th century and at the end of each wing there is a pavilion.

    Adjacent to the Royal Palace you will find a park with lots of food and drinks options. 

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    For Rooftop Lovers
    Musical Instruments Museum

    on top of the world

    The Musical Instruments Museum is a music museum in central Brussels, Belgium. It is part of the Royal Museums of Art and History and internationally renowned for its collection of over 8,000 instruments.For those looking for more than just musical instruments, the MIM also features beautiful architecture and a stunning view over the city from its rooftop.

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    For the cultural traveller
    HORTA Museum

    UNESCO World Heritage Centre

    The Horta Museum is located in the private house and studio of Victor Horta (1861-1947). Built between 1898 and 1901 at 23-25, rue Américaine in Saint-Gilles, Brussels, the two buildings are typical of Art Nouveau at its height. The interior decoration has largely been retained, the mosaics, stained glass, and wall decorations forming a harmonious and elegant whole, down to the last detail.

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Family To Do List

Welcome to Brussels, the perfect destination for your family outings. Here, great artists draw on walls, and sculptures, paintings and comic book heroes are all life-size. Even grand and solemn museums love to devise amazing adventures for kids. And at every corner and sidewalk of the city, friendly Bruxellois go out of their way to show you the way. There are parks, gardens and playgrounds, and all the freedom to just wander round, opening doors, looking high and low, young and old sharing wonderful moments. In Brussels we eat on the streets and with our hands - frites, waffles, chocolate... So when are you coming over?