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Brussels Guide

Welcome to our Brussels Guide


Check out the vibrant and pretty central square of Grand-Place

Go cultural at the fabulous Royal Museums of Art and History

Seek out the impressive Atomium and the cheeky Manneken Pis

Discover the best food in Brussels on a Gourmet Walking Tour

Catch an intimate Jazz gig at the fabulous Music Village

Experience the divine Le Cirio - a popular grand café dating from 1886


Travelling to Brussels

Brussels Overview

Travelling To Overview

Whether you travel on the Eurostar or take a flight to the Belgian capital, getting to Brussels is incredibly simple – with regular services, both are quick and easy options.

By Rail

By Rail

It’s quick and easy to reach Brussels on the Eurostar; it takes just over two hours from London’s St Pancras Station, where the checking-in process and passport control is much more efficient than at the airport.

By Road

By Road

It’s fairly easy drive to Brussels – if you’re confident on the wrong side of the road! About 130 miles of motorway awaits between Calais and the Belgian capital.

By Air

By Air

Cheap, regular, quick – flights to Brussels are a really easy way to travel to the Belgian capital. The flight time from London is just over an hour and there are a number of services from other major UK airports including Birmingham, Manchester & Edinburgh.

Getting Around in Brussels

Brussels Overview

Getting Around Overview

It’s incredibly easy to get around the Belgian capital – brave the cobblestones of the old town and all the major sights and attractions are within walking distance. For longer journeys and exploring further afield, the great public transport and easy bike hire are superb options too.

By Bike

By Bike

Bike tours are great, but if you like to strike out on your own the fabulous Villo bikes at 180 locations around the city offer cheap, short-term rentals.

By Public Transport

By Metro

Between the buses, trams and metro, the public transport in Brussels is fairly extensive and easy to navigate – validate passes in the little orange boxes and use the different kinds of transport interchangeably.

By Foot

By Foot

It’s fairly easy to get around the main sights, museums and attractions in the centre of Brussels, as they’re all fairly close together.


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Crowne Plaza Brussels

Fantastically located, right in the heart of the Belgian capital, the Crowne Plaza Brussels is an excellent option for your short break on the continent. The four star luxury and comfort of the hotel’s accommodation offers a welcome retreat after a long day of shopping, sightseeing and soaking up the sublime culture that characterises Brussels. Plush and contemporary, the Crowne Plaza is a real gem.

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There are loads of great events & reasons to visit Brussels and here are just a few!

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    Art Brussels - April

    Popular Art Exhibition held every year since 1968 encompassing 150 different galleries.

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    Brussels International Fantastic Film Fest - April

    This annual event has a great reputation for showing the best creepy, horror movies.

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    Ommegang Festival - July

    This historical procession, celebrated since 1549, is held at Place du Grand Sablon.

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    Innova Fair - November

    The World Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technologies at Brussels Expo.

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    Brussels Christmas Market - December

    As special as any in Europe, stock up on Belgian Chocolate for the festive period.

Out and About in Brussels


Travel Guide Sidebar Out and About The Maasmechelen Village of designer stores is a great place to pick up beautiful clothes, and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is worth seeing – it’s the world’s oldest shopping mall.

Eating Out

Travel Guide Sidebar Out and About The must-try foods in Brussels are the mussels, waffles, fries and chocolate – served near enough everywhere; find some great restaurants in the Sainte Catherine & Antoine Dansaert quarter.


Travel Guide Sidebar Out and About Being the Belgian capital, there are loads of great places to dance the night away in Brussels – Fuse and Recyclart are well-established clubs, whilst Ancienne Belgique has fab live music.


Travel Guide Sidebar Out and About Heading on a Beer Tour in Brussels will give you a broad overview of the bars and famous Belgian beers on offer – if you’re after just the one place, we recommend Moeder Lambic.

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