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Beautiful bright apartment in the heart of the MarollesIn an iconic Brussels neighbourhood, spend a stay in this warmly colourful apartment with one or both bedrooms (second bedroom included for up to 3 guests, otherwise surcharge €25/night). Open the curtains wide from floor to ceiling and let the sun shine on the plants and paintings. Enjoy the pastel and woody sweetness of the fully-equipped kitchen. Or the striking tiles in the bathroom, with its large rain shower.
Modern Dreamsuite in the Sky/Free private parkingA new modern appartment with an at home feel. Ideally located, in front of the Underground station, 5min from the center of Brussels, 2min from the train station. Come and enjoy the fabulous view of the whole city of Brussels from the terrace or from the room. Many accommodations: near restaurants, cafes, pubs, supermarkets and stores. Equipped Kitchen, Toilet & Shower. Provided with clean bed linen and towels. Private parking and Wifi
Landscaped gardens, bijou jazz clubs, and an eclectic architectural mix are the hallmarks of Belgium’s capital city. Founded in 979, Brussels is officially older than the country it belongs to, and its Grand Place square is a Gothic-and-Baroque glory, from the medieval town hall to the 400-year-old guild houses. Elegant cafes and townhouses crowd its Art Nouveau neighbourhoods (look out for the iron-turreted Old England building, a department store turned music museum) while the European District, the headquarters of the EU’s parliament, commission, and council, is a modern monument in glass and steel. A centre for jazz and art lovers, Brussels is a characterful city where the epic Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, home to masterpieces by Europe’s most iconic artists, can sit down the road from a comic book museum. There’s no better place to get a feel for its heritage than the vibrant district of Les Marolles, with its historic buildings, secondhand shops, and famous flea market.
Brussels Airport (BRU) is the biggest airport in Belgium, and its main hub for international flights; the airport is seven miles — approximately 20 minutes by train or car — to the city centre. There’s also Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL), popular with budget airlines, 34 miles to the south; the journey into town takes under an hour by car or shuttle bus. High-speed train services connect Brussels with the rest of Europe, including the Eurostar, which reaches London in under two hours. With an excellent public transport system integrating metro lines, trams, and buses, as well as plenty of taxi and rideshare options, Brussels is a place you can happily go car-free. Also, the centre of town is best enjoyed on foot.
Spring and autumn are colourful times to appreciate the city’s spectacular parks and open spaces, while summer becomes a blaze of activity with the Foire du Midi funfair operating on the Boulevard du Midi, open-air concerts, and an urban beach on the banks of the Brussels Canal. May is a particularly fun month thanks to a variety of local traditions and events, including Iris Day (which celebrates the capital itself), Europe Day, the Brussels Jazz Weekend, and, once every two years, the multicultural Zinneke Parade. September is another good month to be in town: If Belgian Beer Weekend is not for you, perhaps you’ll get a kick from the Comic Strip Festival.
Dubbed the Space Egg for the vast circular lantern at its heart, this addition to the EU’s headquarters opened in 2017. Its multicoloured interior hosts the meetings of the European Council, and incorporates the 1920s complex of Résidence Palace in a marriage of Art Deco and postmodernism. You can tour the building for free, or just stand outside at night and bathe in the glow of its extraterrestrial light.
You’re spoilt for choice with green spaces in Brussels — the Parc de Bruxelles, the Cinquantenaire, the Jardin du Mont des Arts, the Parc de Laeken, and the Parc Tournay-Solvay all have their charms. To the south of the city, the elegant Bois de la Cambre, landscaped in the 19th century, covers 300 wooded acres before meeting the immense wild beech forest of the Forêt de Soignes.
Centered on the busy thoroughfare of Chaussée de Wavre, this colourful quarter has been home to African life and culture since the 1960s, when it was a hangout for Congolese students. The neighbourhood has become a lively melting pot of cultures, revered for its independent shops and restaurants.