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 Brussels, a city that continues to surprise and move you. This city-region-capital of 500 million Europeans is waiting to share its treasures with you. It’s a fair bet that its stormy history is the reason for its open-mindedness, warmth and friendliness. You’ll feel right at home in Brussels! As well as its historic monuments, Brussels has so much to share with you: its comic strip speech bubbles, its Art Nouveau façades, the talent of its stylists and designers, its delicacies and its surrealism, which can be found on every street corner.

currency

1 euro = 100 cents

phone

112

newspaper

Le Soir
La Libre Belgique
L’Echo
La Dernière Heure
European Voice (English language, dedicated to European Union news)
De Morgen
De Standaard
Het Nieuwsblad

hours

Shops are open from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. ‘til 6 p.m. Supermarkets close later and usually stay open until 9 p.m. on Fridays.

population

1,132,781 (last census: 31st December 2011)

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visit.brussels, the tourist office for Brussels can be found at the following addresses:
-BIP - Rue Royale 2-4, 1000 Brussels
-Town Hall - Grand-Place, 1000 Brussels

For more info on the places and events that are too good to miss, visit: http://www.visit.brussels

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City Centre

Graced with a majestic historic heart, a unique atmosphere and a host of activities for all ages, Brussels has surprises around every corner.

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The Grand-Place in Brussels

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Manneken Pis

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BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels

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Magritte Museum - Royal Museums of Fine Arts

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Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

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La Bourse de Bruxelles

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If you are in Brussels for one or two days, visit.brussels proposes a selection of the most visited museums and attractions in the capital of Europe.

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Manneken Pis

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BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels

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Magritte Museum - Royal Museums of Fine Arts

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The Atomium - Monument and Symbol Built for Expo 58

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Mini-Europe, the EU's most beautiful monuments in Brussels

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Train World, discover the railways in Brussels

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Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels

(c) Luc Viatour GFDL

Royal Museums of Fine Arts - Musée Fin-de-Siècle Museum

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Belgian Comic Strip Centre - BCSC

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Royal Museum of the Armed forces and Military History, Brussels

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MIM - The Musical Instruments Museum

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Autoworld Brussels - The World Automobile Centre

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BELvue museum, Brussels | Everything there is to know about Belgium

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Cinquantenaire Museum - Royal Museums of Art and History

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ADAM, Art & Design Atomium Museum

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MIMA Millenium Iconoclast Museum of Arts

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Belgian Chocolate Village

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Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale

Horta Museum, an Art Nouveau gem in Brussels

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Big events

Brussels culture is in perpetual motion: Exhibitions to glance at or gaze at, forums and shows for all tastes, traditional markets and great flea market bargains, conferences for those who like debate and ideas, sporting events not to be missed .... Find out about everything happening in Brussels Take the plunge here!

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Bright Brussels Festival

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Pride Festival in Brussels

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20km of Brussels - 36 years of Brussels' most popular race

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Visit the Laeken Royal Greenhouses in Brussels

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ArtBrussels - Large Contemporary Art Fair

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Fête de la Musique

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Couleur Café Music Festival

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Bruxelles Les Bains - A beach in Brussels!

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Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels!

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The Ommegang, Brussels' oldest historical pageant

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The Brussels Flower Carpet, a major event on the Grand Place

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Fête de la BD - Comic Festival in Brussels!

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Brussels' Christmas market - Winter Wonders

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The Iris events

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Brussels design market

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Le Tour - Brussels Grand Départ

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Where to eat

The Bruxellois are as famous for their gastronomic talents as they are for their love of eating. Is there any city offering more qualitative restaurants per square mile? Head on down the page, and discover the best addresses in town.

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Brusselicious

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Where to sleep

Where to sleep

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Made in Louise Hotel

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The Augustin, boutique hotel in the heart of Brussels

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Hôtel des Galeries

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TrainHostel

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JAM Hotel

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Shopping

To really get to know Brussels, set out to explore its shops. Here you will find the top of the line, the fun, the creative and the original. Brussels fashion is like the city itself: no fuss. Its creators have an inventive soul. Sablon, Marolles and Matongé; Louise, Dansaert, Châtelain and Neuve, its flagship streets and districts await you with their doors open. And for a sweet finish: don't forget the crunchy pralines, speculaas and cuberdons to take a little taste of Brussels away with you.

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Marcolini Chocolatiers

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Biertempel

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Art nouveau & déco

For the past century Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings have brightened up the streets of Brussels. The Art Nouveau style was first introduced in Brussels in 1893 when Victor Horta built the Tassel House. This house represents the very first synthesis of Art Nouveau: light, colour, ironwork, mosaics... Architects such as Victor Horta, Paul Hankar and Henry Van de Velde were innovators and created a “total” art style that dominated all art domains until approximately 1914: architecture, furniture, carpets, decorative objects, jewellery, posters...
After the First World War, there was a tendency towards more rational trends that gave birth to Art Deco, a style that features geometrical lines and stylised motifs and makes use of both traditional and modern materials.

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Horta Museum, an Art Nouveau gem in Brussels

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The Autrique House

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Cauchie House

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VILLA EMPAIN

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Musée et jardins David et Alice van Buuren

(c) Olivier van de Kerchove

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

© Belgian Comicscenter Daniel Fouss

The Belgian Comic Strip Center (BCSC)

The Tassel Hotel

The Max Hallet House

The Solvay House

The Eetvelde House

Foundation Frison Horta

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Comic Strip

Brussels is where Tintin, Spirou and the Smurfs grew up, and they now pervade the city. They are everywhere: on walls, building façades and museums. They are exhibited and sold in galleries and boutiques. They decorate restaurants and hotel rooms. They are celebrated and paraded in the streets. Comic book speech bubbles are on every corner. Blistering barnacles!

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Belgian Comic Strip Centre - BCSC

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Comic Book Tour of Brussels: Mural Paintings

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Moof, Museum Of Original Figurines & 3D Comics in Brussels

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Fête de la BD - Comic Festival in Brussels!

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Europe

Brussels is the bustling capital of 500 million Europeans. It always offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere with cultures from the past and present, and from here and elsewhere. Its European district is a kaleidoscope of cultural activities. From the Parlamentarium, which explains in detail the workings of the EU, and the iguanodons of the Natural Sciences Museum to the vintage cars of Autoworld, there is something to keep everyone busy.

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Parlamentarium, the European Parliament Visitors' Centre

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Station Europe

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House of European History

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The European Parliament hemicycle

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Europa building

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Nightlife

russels is known for its festive side and its nightlife and offers you numerous nightclubs where the DJs keep you dancing all the way through to the early hours of the morning.

Electronic music lovers will love the Fuse, Zodiak or C12, while hip-hop afficionados love to gather at Bloody Louis.

Madame Moustache attracts a more rock ‘n’ roll crowd with its electric and refined programme, whereas Bar Rouge welcomes elegant night owls.

Come and experience an unforgettable night in our beautiful capital and dance to various atmospheres of Brussels’ nightlife!

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The Fuse, Brussel's Techno Nightclub

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Madame Moustache

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Jazz Club - L'Archiduc

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Stereo Club

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Bonnefooi

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Nightclubs, where to go out in Brussels

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Tourism Information

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visit.brussels is the Brussels tourist agency. Its mission is to bolster and spread the image of the Brussels-Capital Region. visit.brussels wishes to put Brussels on the local and international map as the capital of 500 million Europeans, the "world city" where 180 different nationalities mingle, making Brussels a cosmopolitan place with permanent links to the rest of the world.

visit.brussels - Brussels Info Place (BIP)

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visit.brussels is the Brussels tourist agency. Its mission is to bolster and spread the image of the Brussels-Capital Region. visit.brussels wishes to put Brussels on the local and international map as the capital of 500 million Europeans, the ""world city"" where 180 different nationalities mingle, making Brussels a cosmopolitan place with permanent links to the rest of the world.

Address: 2-4 rue Royale - 1000 Brussels

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visit.brussels - Town Hall of Brussels

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Address: Grand-Place, 1000 Brussels

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European Parliament Tourist information

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Address: Place du Luxembourg, 1050 Brussels

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USE-IT info desk

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