Brussels – Belgium’s Historic Capital

IMG_4017Beautiful Cobblestone Pedestrian Only Street – Brussels

Brussels is the beautiful and historic capital of  Belgium and the capital of the European Union. Located in the central part of the country, it is home to some unique and diverse architecture – including the “Grand Place”, “The National Basilica of the Sacred Heart” and the “Antonium”, a monument constructed for the 1958 World’s Fair.

IMG_3927Many of the attractions are easily accessible by it’s public transportation system, which uses a combination of metro, trams, buses and waterbus.

For those who prefer to walk, they will find themselves in luck, as the city’s central area features some cobblestone lined, pedestrian only streets. On these streets, there are many traditional Belgian chocolate shops, plenty of stores to find that perfect souvenir or even places to enjoy a famous Belgian Waffle.

One attraction that you may find a large crowd taking selfies with, is the famous “Manneken Pis” or “Peeing Boy” statue, which is said to date back to the 1600s. Over the years it has become the symbol of Brussels and the unique sense of humour of it’s citizens.

IMG_4006The Grand Place

If walking or transit isn’t your style, then perhaps you’d prefer to rent a bicycle. In fact, it has been said that riding a bike around central Brussels is the quickest and most efficient way to get around. The city offers a bike share program with pickup and drop off locations throughout town, and a network of bike lanes to zip around on.

IMG_4027                                                                               Bike Rental Station

Of course, after a long day of exploring this wonderful city, you may want to visit one of the city’s many restaurants and try one of Belgium’s national dishes, “Moules-Frites”, which is mussels with french fries – quite delicious! Also, If you are a fan of Stella Artois, the brewery is located in a nearby town called Leuven, and offers tours of the facility, a great half day trip!

IMG_4013Manneken Pis

 

Brussels is definitely a worthwhile stop on any European journey!

 

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