Book flights to Brussels, and be prepared to have a brilliant time in the Belgian capital. If we could choose a motto for Brussels, it would probably have to be; “If you want something done properly, do it yourself”, because this is a city does things really, really well. Belgian waffles, perfect pralines, incredible beer, and even French fries are all native to Brussels and not only that, but the city is also home to a Ryanair favourite - the fantastic peeing toddler statue! What more could you want from a city? Enjoy a break in the capital of the EU; book flights to Brussels with Ryanair.
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In order to get to know Brussels, there are places you just have to go and see ASAP!
On and around the Grand-Place

On and around the Grand-Place The Grand-Place is a Unesco World Heritage site. Its construction began in the 15th century; first, some covered market halls and a few guild houses, then a Town Hall to establish the authority of this centre of trade. It was bombarded by the French army in 1695 and almost completely destroyed. But, like a phoenix, it was to rise from the ashes in 3 years. This is why four styles stand side by side there: it’s a hotchpotch of Gothic, opulent Baroque, Neoclassical and Neogothic.

​Address: Grand-Place, Brussels 1000​Phone: 32 (0)2 513 89 40​Website: www.visitbrussels.be​More info: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/do-see/to-see/monuments-sites.doSubway: Bourse, De BrouckèreTickets: Ticketnet, Sherpa
Mont des Arts and its many museums

Mont des Arts was dreamed up by King Leopold II, who wanted to surround his palace with beautiful things and fine minds. Imagine the wealth of treasures to be found here : within a radius of 300 m there’s the Musée Magritte Museum, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts, the Coudenberg archaeological site, the Espace cultural ING (ING Cultural Centre), the BELvue Museum, CINEMATEK, not to mention the Musical Instruments Museum. An abundance of culture that you really can’t afford to miss!

​Address: Mont des Arts, Brussels 1000 ​Phone: +32 2 563 62 00​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/do-see/to-see/museums-visits.do​More info: BIP | Rue Royale, 2-4 / Brussels 1000 (Tel : +32 2 563 62 00)
Comic strip

Comic strip in Brussels is a sector that’s constantly evolving, it’s living from day to day! Every year, new comic strip frescoes are added to the trail. Specialist galleries and shops are opened, attractions are created, and exhibitions dedicated to various authors or characters are always running all over the region. Two must-see museums of the 9th art are the Belgian Comic Strip Center (Centre belge de la Bande Dessinée) and the MOOF. Belgian Comic Strip Center Rue des Sables 20, Brussels 1000 Tel. : +32 2 219 19 80 www.cbbd.be MOOF- Museum of Original figurines Rue du Marché-aux-Herbes 116, Brussels 1000 Tel.: +32 2 265 33 25 www.moof-museum.be

​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/do-see/to-see/museums-visits.do​Opening hours: Open from tuesday till sunday from 10am till 6 pm (closed during holidays)
The European district

Brussels is the capital city of 500 million Europeans. It’s a city bubbling with life, where there’s always a cosmopolitan ambience on offer, thanks to the mixed nature of its culture, with cultural influences from past and present as well as from here and elsewhere. In the European institutions district, there are a lot of businessmen and businesswomen to the square metre but Place du Luxembourg is a real world stage and the favourite “terrace” of an international crowd who get along well together in every language. Several places worth seeing: the Parlamentarium, Parc Léopold, the Wiertz Museum, the Museum of Natural Sciences and the museums of Parc du Cinquantenaire. And all this just a few yards away from the European Parliament.

​Address: Parlamentarium | Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels 1047 ​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/do-see/to-do/walks.do​More info: www.europarl.europa.eu/visiting/en/parlamentarium
Atomium

A seminal symbol of Brussels and unique achievement in the history of architecture: today the Atomium is the most popular attraction in the capital of Europe. It was built for the 1958 World Fair. The Atomium is the representation of an iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times. Visitors can walk through its tubes and spheres and the Atomium also presents a permanent exhibition dedicated to its history as well as temporary exhibitions for the general public.

​Address: Square de l'Atomium, Brussels 1020​Phone: +32 2 475 47 75​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/do-see/to-see/monuments-sites.do​Opening hours: Each day from 10am till 6pm (no entry after 5.30 pm)​More info: www.atomium.be
Palais Royal (Royal Palace)

Begun in 1820 under the reign of King Guillaume (William), it was altered in 1904 under Leopold II, who had it rebuilt in the Louis XVI style. The side wings date from the 18th century and are flanked at their far ends by two pavilions. The Royal Palace opens to the public every year from mid-July to mid-September.

​Address: Rue Brederode 16, Brussels 1000 ​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/do-see/to-see/monuments-sites.do​More info: www.monarchie.be
Manneken-Pis

This bronze statuette, produced in the 17th century by J. Duquesnoy the elder, embodies the rebellious spirit of Brussels. From the status of a public fountain, today it’s presented as a legendary figure. With numerous costumes and decorations, its wardrobe includes some 800 pieces.

​Address: Rue de l’Etuve, Brussels 1000​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/do-see/to-see/monuments-sites.do​More info: Brussels Info Place (BIP) | rue Royale 2, 1000 Brussels - Daily: 09 a.m. to 06 p.m. - tel: 32 (0)2 513 89 40 - info@visitbrussels.be
Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau was more than an artistic movement, it was a new way of living and thinking. In Brussels, the years from 1893 saw houses spring up that were unlike any others before, and every element of everyday life was adorned with organic or geometric lines: façades, wrought ironwork, mosaics, furniture, tableware, carpets, etc. The best way of discovering Art Nouveau is to visit the Horta Museum or walk around Square Ambiorix. But other residences will also welcome you in, such as the Maison Autrique and Hôtel Hannon (grand townhouse). The Horta Museum Rue Américaine 25, Brussels 1060 Tel.: +32 2 543 04 90 www.hortamuseum.be Maison Autrique Chaussée de Haecht 266, Brussels 1030 Tel. : +32 2 215 66 00 www.autrique.be Hôtel Hannon Avenue de la Jonction 1, Brussels 1060 Tel. : +32 2 538 42 20 www.contretype.org Square Ambiorix, Brussels 1040

​Phone: +32 2 543 04 90​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/do-see/to-see/museums-visits.do
Art nouveau: Horta museum

The Horta Museum is established in the private house and studio of the famous architect, Victor Horta (1861 - 1947). Built between 1898 and 1901, the two buildings are characteristic of Art Nouveau at its peak. The house has kept intact most of its interior decors: mosaics, stained-glass windows, furniture, paintings and murals form a collection whose every detail evokes harmony and sophistication. The museum is also a centre for research into Victor Horta and Art Nouveau. The architect's personal archives, a collection of blueprints for his buildings and a library are open to the public by arrangement.

​Address: rue Américaine 25, St.Gilles 1060​Phone: +32 2 543 04 90​Website: http://www.hortamuseum.be​More info: info@hortamuseum.be
Art nouveau: Autrique House

The first building created by Horta, the Autrique house has been entirely renovated and brought to life thanks to the imagination of the scriptwriters and cartoonists Schuiten and Peeters.

​Address: Chaussée de Haecht 266, Schaerbeek 1030​Phone: +32 2 215 66 00​Website: http://www.autrique.be ​More info: info@autrique.be
Art Nouveau : Hannon Hotel - Contretype

In 1902 the engineer Edouard Hannon (1853 - 1931) called upon his friend, the architect Jules Brunfaut (1852 - 1942) to build this mansion, a masterpiece in the Art Nouveau style. At the present time the building is occupied by the Contretype Photographic organisation which is devoted to the promotion of creative photography by organising, in particular, exhibitions.

​Address: Avenue de la Jonction 1, St. Gilles 1060​Phone: +32 2 538 42 20​Website: http://www.contretype.org​More info: contretype@skynet.be
Brussels Card: discover Brussels with one key! 24H/ 48H/ 72H

The Brussels Card is the best way to see this fascinating capital of Europe. It offers you, during 24, 48 or 72h, free entry to over 30 museums, free use of public transports and exclusive offers in designer’s boutiques, shops, exhibitions, restaurants & attractions.

​Website: http://www.brusselscard.be/
In Brussels, greed is not considered a shortcoming but a way of celebrating the ability to enjoy life.
Chez Léon €

Not far from the Grand-Place, heaps of mussels and chips from this guardian of good Belgian cuisine.

​Address: Rue des Bouchers 18, Brussels 1000 ​Phone: 32 2 511 14 15​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/restaurants.do​More info: www.chezleon.be
Chalet Robinson €€

Standing alone on an island in the middle of the lake in Bois de la Cambre (woods). You get to it in a boat. A complete change of scenery!

​Address: Bois de la Cambre | Sentier de l’Embarcadère 1, Brussels 1000 ​Phone: +32 2 372 92 92​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/restaurants.do​More info: www.chaletrobinson.be
T’Kelderke €

Simplicity is the house motto, in the cuisine, in the prices and in the informality. Delightful interior.

​Address: Grand-Place 15, Brussels 1000​Phone: +32 2 513 73 44​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/restaurants.do​More info: www.restaurant-het-kelderke.be
Comme chez Soi €€€€

The temple of fine dining in Brussels! Service, welcome, setting, wine cellar, it’s all magical.

​Address: Place Rouppe 23, Brussels 1000 ​Phone: +32 2 512 29 21​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/restaurants.do​More info: www.commechezsoi.be
Le Vismet €€

Mastery of seafood against a modern backdrop.

​Address: Place Sainte-Catherine 23, Brussels 1000 ​Phone: +32 2 218 85 45​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/restaurants.do
A.M. Sweet

A charming little café with a warm and friendly decor, serving all kinds of teas, good coffee, sandwiches, little cakes and pastries and very high-quality chocolate.

​Address: Rue des Chartreux 4, 1000 Brussels​Phone: +32 2 513 51 31​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/bars-cafes.do
Wittamer Café

Delicacies of all kinds in the shop and café service for anyone who fancies a bite to eat. But you just have to leave room for dessert of course.

​Address: Place du Grand Sablon 12, Brussels 1000​Phone: +32 2 512 37 42​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/bars-cafes.do​More info: www.wittamer.com
Le Pain Quotidien

Alain Coumont learned about bread as a little boy. With a hunger and passion for quality, his wish was simple: to find nourishing and healthy bread with a dense crumb and firm crust. He went back to his roots, opening a bakery to recreate the natural rustic breads of his childhood. There’s also an area for trying the products there (Viennese pastries, salad, all kinds of cakes and pastries as well as full, high-quality meals) in an interior showing a fondness for wood, around a large communal table.

​Address: Rue des Sablons 11, Brussels 1000 ​Phone: +32 2 513 51 54​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/breakfasts.do​More info: www.lepainquotidien.be
When it comes to hot spots in Brussels it can vary, but Place St-Gery is always a good nightspot. In Brussels you are never far away from a good bar.
Moeder Lambic

This establishment has received international recognition on the list of the 10 best beer bars in the world. The special draw of this bistro is the 46 artisan draught beers, which are kept in a cold room with less CO2, conducive to longer storage.

​Address: Place Fontainas 8-10, Brussel 1000 ​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/bars-cafes.do
Bonnefooi

A safe bet in the world of Brussels nightlife; for dancing until the early hours; fabulous mezzanine and amazing programmes (DJ improv show).

​Address: Rue des Pierres 8, Brussels 1000 ​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/bars-cafes.do
A La Mort Subite

As tradition demands, there’s no getting away from a turn in this palace of the most ‘brrrrrusseleers’ specialities in the capital. The patrons fluctuate between responsible fifty-something and quick-witted bons viveurs. And you can sip Faros, Kriek and Gueuze beers there, with a soft cheese open sandwich in your hand. A classic that’s still going strong.

​Address: Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7,Brussels 1000 ​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/bars-cafes.do
Le Cirio

Make the most of the unique atmosphere of this brasserie from 1886, which has successfully retained its cachet of yesteryear. Le Cirio was built in pure Art Nouveau style and has played host to many artists through the years. House speciality? The “Half en Half“: half white wine, half Champagne.

​Address: Rue de la Bourse 18-20, Brussels 1000​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/bars-cafes.do
Mister Wong

Standing right in the heart of the city centre between la Monnaie, la Bourse and Sainte-Catherine, this place is laying the foundations of a new scene and puts on a very particular and eclectic programme of music.

​Address: Rue de la Vierge Noire 10-12, Brussels 1000​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/bars-cafes.do
Madame Moustache

Neo-cabaret in the heart of Brussels on Marché aux Poissons close to Place Sainte-Catherine. You’ll be welcomed into a popular and original atmosphere. A return to La Belle Époqu

​Address: Quai au Bois à Brûler 5-7, Brussel 1000​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/bars-cafes.do
L’Archiduc

The fuddled charm of the Archiduc still works its magic. Its thirties decor has something to do with it of course. Concerts are often held there around the famous grand piano. Try it at the end of the evening too, when you might come across a famous singer or two. Style: Jazz / Electro

​Address: Rue A. Dansaert 6-8, Brussels 1000​Website: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/eat-drink/bars-cafes.do
Round off your journey of discovery by exploring the shops and boutiques! In the past, the upper part of the city was heavily influenced by the middle classes. It’s now almost naturally evolved into an upmarket shopping destination. Avenue Louise and its shopping arcades, Boulevard de Waterloo, Avenue de la Toison d’Or and the side streets are a real hive of creativity and variety. On these legendary thoroughfares, window shopping leads you from Brussels designers to Belgian labels, from luxury articles to big international brands. Creativity is also very evident in the lower part of the city on Rue Antoine Dansaert. Several years ago, designers from the leading fashion schools of Brussels took over the district; boutiques and studios have made it the district for anyone wishing to look at and try on clothes and accessories. For all the shops: www.visitbrussels.be
Maasmechelen Village

Around 60 minutes from Brussels, Antwerp and Cologne, Maasmechelen Village has more than 100 luxury outlet boutiques offering savings of 30% to 60% on the recommended retail price of leading brands.

​Address: Zetellaan 100, Maasmechelen​Phone: +32 89 77 40 00​Website: www.chicoutletshopping.com
Brussels South Charleroi Airport

Brussels South Charleroi Airport - Situated 46km from Brussels’ Grand-Place. Every hour, a shuttle bus links Brussels South Charleroi Airport to Gare du Midi railway station in Brussels (the shuttle leaves from the junction of Rue de France and Rue de l'Instruction, follow the "Thalys" exit at Gare du Midi). Tickets are sold either at www.voyages-lelan.be or in the terminal of Brussels South Charleroi Airport or on the bus leaving from Brussels. You can reach Brussels South Charleroi Airport easily from any Belgian railway station. Ask for the ticket "code 814 one way or code 815 return" at the ticket desk of your station. On arriving at Gare de Charleroi Sud (Charleroi South station), simply catch the direct bus (bus A), which takes you to the airport terminal in a few minutes. Similarly, when you arrive at the airport, you can buy a “bulk ticket” at the information desk. This covers your transfer by bus to Charleroi Sud railway station and the train journey to any Belgian destination. The bulk ticket can be bought only at the airport.

​Website: www.charleroi-airport.com, http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/essential-brussels/getting-here.do
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