One of our colleagues has just returned from a short break to Brussels and has kindly shared his experience below.
Touted as the capital of Europe and a city break secret, Brussels, officially nicknamed “the European Village” offers the perfect mix of culture, history, night life and shopping all within a stone’s throw of eachother.
Getting around Brussels is easy, the metro is cheap and costs just €7.50 per day with a couple of stations excluded (try to ignore the smell) and walking is a genuine option with most areas very accessible on foot.
If history and architecture is your thing, be sure to visit the spectacular Grand-Place and Mannekin pis, albeit slightly strange, there are many other museums dotted around the city.
A short metro ride to Maelbeek and you can visit the European district made up of huge glass buildings and definitely worth visiting the European parliament whilst you’re there. A short walk from here is the fabulous Cinquantenaire triumphal arch and Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History.
With a café or bar on every corner, beer, chocolate and waffles a plenty, you will have an abundant choice in which to indulge your taste buds. If you don’t enjoy being hounded by restaurant owners try to avoid rus des boucher or get your head down and keep walking. As you’ll find out, Beer is part of Belgium, head to Delirium Bar for a huge choice of beer including fruity options and maybe a shot or two of absinth.
Accommodation prices throughout the city are extremely reasonable with 3 night breaks available from just £160pp. Being just a two hour train ride from London, Brussels offers a fantastic alternative to the more popular European short breaks and is certainly not an inferior choice.