Get to know Brussels, the multinational capital of Europe
Brussels, the capital and largest city of Belgium and of Europe as a whole, as the location of the European Union, is a city that knowingly charms and excites every visitor. In a city where all seasons can parade in a 24 hour period, the friendly and warm character of the Belgians and the relaxed rhythms of Brussels can turn the Belgian metropolis into an oasis of culture, history and art. The elitist aristocratic character of the historic city center, combined with the modern skyscrapers of the modern city and the romantic paths in the streets, squares and colorful open-air markets of the city, give Brussels the character of a multinational, cosmopolitan capital which has the ability to combine all cultures in its multicultural mosaic.
All city routes start and end at the Grand Square. Impressive, imposing and beautiful, it adorns the center of the Belgian capital, and magnetizes every visitor with its lights and sparkle. Architectural ornaments of another era, such as the highly impressive City Hall invites the visitor on a journey through time, as it is the place where the modern history of the city begins. Statues, large and historic parks, gardens (petit Sablon) and many museums uniquely unfold the cultural background of the city and the elegance of the Belgians. A sample of architectural grandeur, the Royal Palace building stands out as the most imposing building in the city. Impressive in appearance, the 102m high Atomium pays homage to science, while the Manneken Pis - petit Julien, becomes the central figure of the Belgian folk tradition and the most photographed statue in the city. Street lanes such as Dansaert Street reveal the most innovative, futuristic profile of Brussels, while the colorful profile of Ixelles creates the most urban bohemian atmosphere in Europe.
Food and local cuisine
Brussels is the world capital of chocolate. White or dark chocolate is the queen of the city with its aroma dominating the whole city and causing everyone to succumb to its sweet temptation. Similarly, Belgian beer is something like Belgian coffee and every hour of the day matches a different taste. Characteristic of the local beer, which does not look like any other in the world, are the fruity aromas. Within the city there are more than 800 snack and beer tasting points, offering a unique enjoyment experience. For local flavors try Mitraillete (sandwich stuffed with french fries and spicy tomato and mayonnaise sauce), Carbonnades Flammande (slightly sweet and sour beef), Vaul-au-vent (freshly baked dough with creamy mango sauce and lots of mango sauce).
Best season to visit Brussels
Ideally choose to visit Brussels in the period May - September, a period when the climate and weather conditions are ideal for an enjoyable trip.
How to move around Brussels
Transfer from/to Brussels
Brussels International Airport is 13 km away. NE of the city center, in the area of Zavendem and there are many flights that connect the airport of Athens and Thessaloniki. The connection of the airport with the city center is done by buses (lines 12 and 21), by train (the airport train station is on level – 1), by taxi or by rental cars.
Transportation in Brussels takes place through a wide network of transport, which offers comfortable, fast and safe transport. Choose the metro, city buses and trams for routes in the city and the surrounding suburbs. The city is extremely friendly and for cycling enthusiasts, an economic and ecological medium, which is proving to be extremely popular.