The emergence in Brussels of NATO and the European Economic Community actively contributed to the transformation of the capital of Belgium from a wealthy merchant town to a major administrative city. The prevalence of English and inexpensive cafes undoubtedly attract tourists. And an organic combination of architectural styles makes the city completely unusual in the eyes of travelers. Hire a car and go on all kinds of excursions to see the picturesque streets and famous monuments. The most striking sights in Brussels are Grand Place, chocolate boutiques in the Royal Galleries of St. Hubert. Leaving the capital, make sure that you try the “Brussels balls”, which are considered a popular local dessert, visit the quarter “Brussels Womb” and find all the writings of Brussels (a dog, a girl,
Brussels Airport ( Brussels Airport ) - download the scheme
IATA code: BRU
Location: 11 km from Brussels
Official website: http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/
Information: +32 2 753 77 53
The following companies provide car rental services at Brussels Airport: Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Avis, Thrifty Car Rental, Sixt. Rental car rental desks are located in the arrivals area. There are 8 parking zones near the airport, which can be booked on the airport website.
Brederodestraat 16 http://www.belvue.be/
For several centuries, the Royal Palace was the residence of the Dukes, and today a museum is opened here, where you can visit luxurious chambers and galleries. Having rented a car, be sure to go look at the wonderful Mirror Room with a luxuriously decorated ceiling, the Imperial Room, in which there are 11 golden flower pots. The throne room is particularly pompous: the splendor of crystal chandeliers, the height of the ceilings and decoration make an indelible impression. This room served as a venue for royal balls. Near the palace is a former hotel that hosted famous people. Today, here is the Bellevue Museum, which stores artifacts and archives related to the history of Belgium.
Walking around the city, take a look at the Atomium monument. It is considered a symbol of the city, which reminds residents and guests of Brussels of the events of the 20th century, which have become significant in the study of the atom and the use of atomic energy for various purposes. The monument is a metal structure - a model of an iron molecule, increased by 165 billion times. On the upper ball of the structure there is a restaurant and a viewing platform, which can be reached in just 20 seconds by high-speed elevator.
Parc du Cinquantenaire, 11 http://www.autoworld.be/home
Autoworld is the largest automobile museum, the collection of which includes more than 300 cars. Thematic areas of the museum are divided into: sports cars, microcars, environmental and communication vehicles, cars that once belonged to famous people, motorcycles. During the tour you can see not only the heritage of the national auto industry, but also European, American.
When you drive a rental car in Brussels, take the time to visit the Royal Galleries. These are unique combinations of commercial spirit and cultural style, which are combined under a glass roof. Here are the stores that sell the highest quality goods. Numerous trading shops present both modern goods and vintage gizmos. In addition, in one of the parts of the complex are equipped apartments where you can rent a house.
Tourists regardless of age and gender will be interested in visiting the Mini-Europe park, which presents more than 350 buildings from 80 cities. Here you can see small reproductions of the Palace of Westminster, Acropolis of Athens, Grand Place. In addition to buildings and squares, some events are also recreated, for example, the fall of the Berlin Wall. Every detail of the sights is worked out to the smallest detail, so after visiting the park you can safely say that you have visited famous places.
An hour from Brussels is a city with a unique architectural ensemble, which is considered one of the “pillars of tourism”. Ghent is famous throughout the country for the cozy atmosphere of the Middle Ages, the best museums, pubs and, of course, a fun student life. The main attractions of the city are Vrijdagmarkt square, which is considered the main one in the city, the castle of the counts of Flanders, whose history began in the XII century. Tourists also like to visit Alleyn’s house, which was a former almshouse, and where the folklore museum now works, as well as in the castle of Gerald the Devil. After many excursions, stop by an atmospheric establishment to sample local beer and national snacks. Finally, visit the “flea market” at Groentenmarkt, where you can buy hand-made souvenirs.
Surely everyone remembers the fateful battle of Waterloo from history. Arriving in Brussels, rent a car and go on an excursion to the legendary city to be imbued with those historical events. At the entrance you will be met by a lion statue that looks towards France. It was established by the King of the Netherlands in honor of his son, who was wounded during the battle. The panorama of the battle also impresses. Once inside the circular gallery, you can immerse yourself in the realistic atmosphere of military events. Here the sounds of shooting and shells will be heard. After that, you can go to the Church of St. Joseph, near which the remains of soldiers are buried, or to the Wellington Museum, in which the prosthetic leg of the lord who commanded the English cavalry is stored. It will also be interesting to visit the Wax Museum, Napoleon's headquarters and Ugumon Castle Farm.
Bruges is a charming town where there is no place for autobahns, skyscrapers and malls. It seems as if time has stopped here, and life goes its leisurely course. Arriving in this atmospheric city, be sure to ride a horse-drawn carriage, climb Belfort to explore the most distant surroundings and try all sorts of beer in local pubs. Be sure to visit all the museums where you will learn how to fry fries, make chocolate and brew beer. When leaving, make sure that you have performed a special ritual: visited the picturesque Lake of Love and fed the local swans.
The next point on the map of the tourist route is Antwerp. This is the birthplace of the great creators: Adrian Brauer, Rubens, Quentin Matses, Antoine Van Dyck. Antwerp is rightfully considered a city of arts, because it is here that the maximum density of the location of art salons and workshops, antique shops, exhibition complexes is traced. The main attractions are the Royal Museum of Art, Onze-Lieve-Vrowe Cathedral, the “Museum of Jewelry”, the central square of Grote Markt, and the Antwerp Zoo. By the way, the city has an active nightlife. In such authentic places as Red & Blue, D-Club, Nanno sur l´O you can visit the best parties in the country.
Having rented a car, go on an excursion to the seaside resort town of Ostend. If you travel from June to August, you have a huge entertainment horizon. Windsurfing, outdoor pools with heated sea water, beautiful beaches and an active nightlife will surely be remembered for a long time. If in the city you will be traveling and it will be literally half a day to get inspired, you should visit the Peter and Paul Church, where the first Queen of Belgium is buried, the three-masted sailboat “Mercator”, which was used by officers more than half a century ago, is the James Ensor House Museum, which presents works famous expressionist artist.
Rue du Marche aux Herbes 93 https://www.exki.be/
Do you want a delicious breakfast, while everything was cooked quickly? Head to Exki. Simple but comfortable atmosphere provides a pleasant meal. Despite the small assortment of products, everything is prepared deliciously and in accordance with the recipe. The institution is also suitable for those who try to adhere to a healthy diet, and do not intend to eat local waffles or french fries. In this case, Exki can order a hearty salad with chicken, tuna, vegetable salad or soup.
Rue des Eperonniers / Spoormakersstraat 60 http://aksumcoffeehouse.com/brussels/
For a light bite or coffee break, Aksum Coffee House is the place to go. The institution is located in the city center, so you don’t need to go somewhere to try the most delicious coffee in Brussels. There are only ten tables in the coffee shop, and an incredible aroma soars in the air. In the warm season, the institution opens a modest terrace for its visitors. By the way, if you like one or another type of coffee, you can buy grains here.
25 rue du Lombard http://www.nuetnigenough.be/
If you consider yourself a gourmet, then you should visit Nuetnigenough. The restaurant is not aimed at tourists, but at local residents who know a lot about food. That is why the portions are huge, beer is one of the best in the city, and the dishes are always delicious. You can’t book a table in the restaurant, so you may have to wait for the vacant seat at the bar. A rental car will be conveniently parked nearby.
Rouppeplein 23 http://www.commechezsoi.be/fr-fr/
If you are looking for a decent restaurant where you can celebrate an event or hold an important business meeting, book a table at Comme Chez Soi. A cozy atmosphere, stylish interior and high quality service will guarantee a good evening and good mood. If you can not decide on the order, stop your choice on the tasting menu. This is the best option to try a little of everything.
Boulevard de Waterloo 138 http://le-bistro.be/en
The advantage of Le Bistro is that it works until late in the evening, so you can take your time to enjoy delicious food, pleasant company and strong drinks. Waiters will be able not only to perfectly serve, but also to tell a couple of jokes to cheer up. The windows from the second floor offer excellent views of the city. So, sitting with a plate of deliciously smelling food and a glass of excellent beer, you can slowly talk or reflect on the eternal.
Rue Artan 116
+32 2 733 23 53 http://www.funkeyhotel.com/home/index double room - from € 60
Planning to rent a car and looking for a hotel with free parking? Feel free to opt for the FunKey Hotel, a bright and stylish hotel with the best value for money. Spacious and functional rooms with an equipped kitchenette are at your disposal. The hotel is suitable for both business trips and traveling with children. Tasty and satisfying breakfasts will surely be to your taste, and the desire to go somewhere in the morning for a snack will definitely not arise.
38, Boulevard de Waterloo
+32 2 504 11 11 http://www.thehotel-brussels.be/en/home.html double room - from € 178
The Hotel Brussels is an elite hotel that is permeated through with luxury and wealth. To book a room is better on the principle of "the higher the better." The rooms have panoramic windows, so watching the city is a pleasure. It offers a dry sauna, hammam, spa, fitness center. Nearby is a shopping center with fashion brands. Functional rooms are equipped for business meetings.
24 rue du Berger
+32 2 510 83 40 http://www.lebergerhotel.be/ double room - from € 100
At Hotel Le Berger, every room is an original design decision. The cozy interior makes an impression and sets up for a pleasant pastime. A big advantage is that there are restaurants, supermarkets, fashion shops nearby. After a delicious breakfast, you can safely go to explore the city and its surroundings. Note to tourists: using special offers and promotions, you can get gifts or save on accommodation in your dream room.
Rue Royale 120
+32 2 209 61 10 http://www.motel-one.com/de/hotels/bruessel/ double room - from € 89
Motel One is a comfortable hotel with reasonably priced rooms and a convenient location. The tourist center, where the main attractions and popular shops are located, can be reached in 10 minutes. The interior is stylish, and every detail is organically selected. The competent staff will not only make sure that you are provided with everything you need, but will also solve any problems. The hotel has its own free parking, where you can leave your rental car.
Rue de l´Amigo 1-3
+32 2 547 47 47 https://www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/hotel-amigo/ double room - from € 197
For the capricious tourists who appreciate the service, Hotel Amigo is suitable. This is a luxury hotel, which is located in the historical center. On the right is the famous Manneken Pis, on the left is the central square. It offers a fitness center, room-service, dry cleaning. Couples are offered babysitting services. In case of a corporate party or celebration of the anniversary, a banquet room is equipped, for negotiations - a conference room.
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