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Brussels Holidays Overview

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and a mix of Flemish and French culture. It is at the crossroads of two cultures and plays an important role in the European Union. It has a unique character and is a melting pot of cultures.

The Bruxelles borough has many beautiful and charming attractions. The area around Grand Palace has many ornate buildings while St. Catherine's Square is equally impressive. Rue Antoine Dansaert is a trendy shopping destination while Place St-Gery is known for its many bars.

Close to the center of the city is the neighborhood of Marolles where Flemish is still spoken. The borough is known for its flea market on Place du Jeu de Balle and a number of stores that sell almost everything.

Ixelles is a vibrant locality with a large number of bars and restaurants, bookshops and record stores. The city's African neighbourhood is located in the Matongé district.

Brussels has a very diverse architecture and has postmodern buildings as well as medieval constructions. The main attractions in the city include the World Heritage Site Grand Palace, the Gothic Town Hall, Gudula and St. Michael Cathedral and the Royal Palace.

Brussels' quirkiness can be experienced on its Comic Book Road where treasured comic characters like Tintin, Lucky Luke and Marsupilami are painted on walls. There are more than 80 museums in the city including the famous Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the Museum of Modern Art.

The city is also known for its exquisite cuisine, a mix of hearty Flemish and refined French.

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Brussels holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Grand Place (Central Square)

What is it? The Grand Place is the heart of Brussels and has been since the Middle Ages. One of Europe's more beautiful squares, it lies in the centre of a confusion of small cobbled streets, and is surrounded by richly decorated 17th century Baroque Guildhouses, various Neo-Gothic buildings and museums. It is, however, the town hall, a magnificent Gothic building that dominates the square. Markets, flower stalls and various events are held here and this is the place to get to grips with the essence of Brussels, perhaps over a local delicacy at a pavement café. Hours of Operation: Phone:



2. Mannekin-Pis

What is it? The distinctive statue has been described as the Eiffel Tower of Brussels and tourists throng the streets in search of the tiny urinating urchin. The bronze Mannekin is thought to represent the 'irreverent spirit' of Brussels, but there are numerous tales about its beginnings. Started by Louis XV of France many years ago, it has been the custom of foreign countries, companies, visiting dignitaries or charities to donate an outfit to the Mannekis-Pis and the little boy is usually decked out in the latest costume; previous costumes are displayed in the City of Brussels Museum. Hours of Operation: Phone:



Brussels holidays - Top Events


1. Europalia Festival

From 2007-10-03

To 2008-02-03

What is it? The first Europalia (from the Roman 'Opalia', meaning 'rich harvest') was conceived in Brussels in 1969, and the festival has been held annually ever since to showcase the visual and performing arts of different designated guest countries each year. Numerous exhibits, concerts, film screenings and other events are held in and around Brussels between October and early February of the following year. The latest country to be featured was Russia, and next will be Europe. It will be the first time in the history of Europalia International that several countries participate together in the festival. Contact the Europalia International Foundation at [email protected] for more information. Where is it? Various around Brussels



2. Brussels Flower Show

From 2007-10-01

To 2007-10-10

What is it? The magnificent and unique Basilica of the Sacred Heart in the Brussels suburb of Koekelberg is the venue for the city's annual flower show. Each year in October the grounds of this massive Art Deco edifice are transformed into an Eden, spread with flowers, water features and plants arranged by nearly 100 florists. Visitors can delight in the flower show in addition to marvelling at the Basilica itself, the largest neo-Gothic church in the world, its interior decorated in 1930s style. A climb to the dome is rewarded with a beautiful panorama across the city and surrounds. For more information contact the Basilica on +32 (0)2 425 8822. Where is it? Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Koekelberg



3. Art Brussels

From 2007-04-20

To 2007-04-23

What is it? Tens of thousands of art experts and art lovers from all over the world eagerly await ArtBrussels, Belgium's premier art festival, renowned for its high standard. The Belgian Association of Contemporary Art Galleries instituted ArtBrussels in 1968 and today the work on view, selected by an international committee, represents more than 150 international galleries. Where is it? Brussels Expo



4. Brussels Flower Carpet

From 2008-08-01

To 2008-08-31

What is it? For a few days every two years, the beautiful Grand Place in the centre of Brussels is transformed into a gigantic carpet of fresh begonias, intricately worked into a themed pattern. In 2006 the tapestry will be inspired by the Middle Ages, with the flowers arranged on rotating platforms to form a giant kaleidoscope of 'rose windows'. Past designs have included scenes from Belgium folklore and mythology, the Brussels Coat of Arms, and Turkish rugs. Work begins a year in advance with scale models and detailed plans, and the multi-coloured end result is well worth it. The multi-coloured carpet can best be viewed from the balcony of the City Hall. Where is it? Grand Place



5. Brussels Beach

From 2007-07-01

To 2007-08-31

What is it? Not just a beach, but a real seaside resort in the heart of Brussels on the edge of the canal, Brussels Beach, or Bruxelles Les Bains, offers half a mile (1km) of fine sand, coconut palms and waterfalls, and plenty of sport, relaxation and cultural activities. Sports like beach volleyball, pétanque and ultimate frisbee are available, or for the less actively inclined a Thai pagoda houses several professional masseurs for complete relaxation. Two stages provide entertainment in the form of live music, DJs and shows, and food stalls and beach bars afford the chance to savour flavours from around the world. Children are well catered for with activities and entertainment that includes sandcastles, clowns and water games. Where is it? Bassin Béco, Port de Bruxelles




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