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Belgium’s capital Brussels is an architectural rollercoaster ride from gothic and art nouveau to faceless bureaucratic and ending at one of the world’s most beautiful medieval squares, the Grand Place. This multicultural city is also a gourmet’s paradise and a mecca for art and history lovers.
Browse the many art galleries and museums strewn across the city, savour some of the world’s best beers in an art deco café or at the Brussels Beer Festival BXL Beer Fest, and hunt for lost treasures at the flea market in the Marollen quarter. And if you visit Belgium’s capital in winter, then don’t miss its iconic Brussels Christmas Market. For the enthusiasts of the outdoors, the nearby Hallerbos bursts into a vast sea of flowering bluebells in spring and has become one of the cities most popular places to visit amongst international visitors.
Belgium’s answer to the Eiffel tower, the Atomium is a 165 billion times magnified cell of an iron crystal consisting of nine spheres connected by escalators. Standing 102 metres tall, the view from the top sphere is the best in the city.
This rather diminutive statue of a urinating boy is the capital’s most famous resident and best represents this city’s down-to-earth character. Made in hollow bronze in 1619, Manneken Pis is often dressed in different costumes during important events and is one of the most representative images of Brussels folklore.
Officially bilingual Dutch and French, the latter is most commonly spoken while many people will also speak English.
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