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Flights to Brussels

Flights to Brussels

The capital of Belgium, Brussels is a major city in the country and a center of politics, culture and economy. Serving as home to numerous international organizations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants, the city is the largest in Belgium and is the de facto capital of the European Union and headquarters for NATO. The city has a population of over 1.2 million in the metro and the metropolitan area of the city serves as home to 1.8 million people. The history of the city goes back to the 10th century when it was founded by a descendant of Charlemagne. The city played an import role in the Second World War. Spreading on an area of 161.38 km2, Brussels is located at an altitude of 13 meters above sea level. As far as language is concerned, the city can be termed as bilingual as people in the South speak French and those living in North, speak Dutch. The city reports vast numbers of migrant and minority groups who speak their own language, thus making Brussels a multi lingual and multi cultured city.

Overview

People planning a holiday in Brussels can fly to the Brussels International Airport which is the 23rd busiest airport in Europe in terms of passenger traffic. Located at a distance of 11 km north east of the Brussels city, more than 83 airline operators connect the Brussels International Airport around 100 destinations around the world. Experiencing an oceanic type of climate, Brussels have four seasons but temperature remains moderate for most part of the year. While August is the warmest month of the year, the city received highest rainfall in July and May is the direst month in the year. January is the coolest moth of the year with temperature averaging 5.70 C. The region does not receive very heavy snowfall and at average it snows 24 days per year. The month of March, April, May, September and October are the best months to enjoy a holiday in Brussels. Pride Festival held in May, Zinneke Parade in May and Brussels Summer Festival held in August are some of the major festivals held in Brussels.

City Attractions

Having a rich past and multi-cultural influence, Brussels offer variety of attractions and activities that, people would enjoy to the core. Located right in the center of old part of Brussels, the City's main plaza also known as Grand Place is one of the most charming architectural splendors and is one of the best preserved in Europe. Adorned with gables, pilasters, and balustrades, ornately carved stonework, and rich gold decoration, it is also the place where all of Belgium’s actions take place. Manneken Pis is another well-known spot in Brussesl famed for the various legends associated with it. Saint-Michel Cathedral is must visit spot for those interested in architecture. Sporting the Gothic style of architecture the impressive façade, the 69-meter-high twin towers is the major attraction here.

Dedicated to the history of cartoons and comic strip, Belgian Comic Strip Center is another major crowd puller in Brussels. Royal Palace (official residence of the royals of Belgium), Belgian Royal Museum of Fine Arts (one of largest and best art galleries in the world), Mont des Arts (for fine view of the city), Notre-Dame du Sablon (among the most charming Gothic churches in Belgium), Parc du Cinquantenaire (housing a museum) and Basilique Nationale du Sacré Coeur (fifth largest church in the world) and Abbaye de la Cambre (French garden) are some of the major sightseeing places in Brussels.

Eating and Shopping

Famous all over the world for its waffles, the cuisine of Belgium is not limited to this sweet treat. The cuisine of Belgium is deeply inspired by French and Ethiopian cuisines and the regular selection of Belgian beer, the famous Lambic style of beer brewed in and around Brussels is exceptionally popular. The city boasts of more than 1,800 restaurants, and a number of high quality bars along with good options of street food stalls which are easy on the pocket and can be enjoyed on-the-go. When in Brussels, tourists are advised to get out on the street to savor some of the local delights like Belgian waffles, Chicon Au Gratin, Moules-frites, Gaufre , Boudin Blanc, Frites, Stoemp, Crevette Grise, Chocolate, Carbonnades Flamandes, Filet Américain, Speculoos and Waterzooi. Le Pigeon Noir for traditional fare, Noordzee — La Mer du Nord (multi cuisine), Vismet Caffé al Dente(Italian), Friture René (beer and fries), L’Archiduc (classic cocktails), Aux Armes de Bruxelles (Belgian classics), Chez Antoine and Umamido are some of the most popular places in Brussels to enjoy a hearty meal.

When in Belgium chocolates, beer and lace are some of the most important shopping items, but the limit is not restricted to them. Handmade cheese, exquisite artifacts, cosmetics, fashion accessories, crystal pieces and books are some of the major shopping items you can purchase here. While Rue Neuve and Avenue Louise are the two major shopping streets, there are huge malls, brand outlets and numerous department stores that too greet the tourists with equal fervor

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