Travel Gazette, Belgium – Brussels
Forget the dreary business of the EU and NATO which dominates the headlines from this city, the tourism industry in Brussels is alive and booming, especially popular with travellers from the UK, Germany and France.
It’s also famous delicacies such as the Belgian handmade chocolates, multiple flavours of beers and mussels and fries drenched in mayonnaise. It would be difficult to mention to mussels without bringing up one of the most famous restaurants in Brussels, Chez Leon.
They serve half a ton of mussels a day from just this ONE restaurant on the Rue de Bouchers. They also brew their own Leon beer and offer special menus for groups of 20 to 230 guests.
The beer aficionados’ favourite spot is Patrick D’Hane’s Bier Circus (89 Rue de l’Enseignement – closed Saturday and Sunday), uphill from Central station, where you can sample a selection of over 200 beers. Another top choice is Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas, which has a nice selection of lambics, Belgian brews and some Italian craftbrews as well.
A must see for every visitor is the Grand-Place – it is an outstanding example of the eclectic and highly successful blending of architectural and artistic styles that characterizes the culture and society of this region.
For lovers of history and cultural studies there are almost 90 museums in Brussels and a variety of historical monuments that exist from the middle ages.
The Royal Army Museum is considered as the most important in the world regarding the number, originality and diversity of objects from WWI.
Home to the adventures of Tintin, it is no wonder that Belgians are crazy for comics. Brussels’ cartoon museum pays homage to the history of classic comics. The Comic Strip Center is not just a fun place for kids but a classic monument designed by Art Nouveau architect, Victor Horta.
Travel around the city is pretty easy, you will find the complete public transport offer in Brussels in 4 easy-to-read maps: the STIB network during the day, in the evening and at night as well.
We stayed at the Novotel Brussels Centre, located in the heart of the city, near Rogier, Brouckère and Grand-Place. It’s modern, clean, reasonably priced and offers wifi, good breakfast and even a swimming pool.