Brussels is not only about beer, waffles and chocolate! This amazing city is more than a 1000 years old. Today the name Brussels stands for the meeting point for all the diverse cultures in Europe. It is a cosmopolitan city where many different cultures live together and where different languages can be heard on each street. Brussels also has an important international vocation: as the european capital, the city is home to the European Commission and to the Council of ministers of the European Union (EU). Variety and contrast can be found in the different architectural styles of Brussels, the former capital of the medieval Duchy of Brabant. Gothic cathedrals and churches are next to – and sometimes in stark contrast with – gracious classical facades like the buildings around the Royal Square.
See the medieval majesty of Grand-Place, described by Victor Hugo as “the most beautiful place in the world” and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This sophisticated square is famed for its Baroque and Gothic buildings as well as its rich historical heritage. Understand Belgian humor at the famous Manneken-pis (the Peeing Boy), a different kind of city emblem that proves the “irreverent spirit” of Brussels. Discover this and much more in a walking tour that includes some of the best sightseeings of the city.
The famous Manneken-pis
Royal galleries and Galleries
Rue des Bouchers (street of butchers)
Cathedral of Saint Michel-and- Gudule
Historical centre with the Royal place
Church Our-Lady of Sablon
Its importance as the capital and home of the European Union
Language boundary and Brussels dialect
Global significance of the European Quarter complex
Treaty of Brussels
Cultural scene and important artists
Legends and myths
Museums and art galleries