Brussels holidays

Essential Information

When To Go

Spring, Summer, Autumn
March – May

July, August
September

Getting There

99 £GBP

LCY → BRU

Stay There

73 £GBP

4-star hotel

Visas

Tourist Visa
not required

Freedom of movement

Currency
Euro
1.00 USD = 0.94 EUR
CURRENT WEATHER
Rain
+10°C
Airport Transport

Taxi: 24 £GBP (25 min)
Bus: 8 £GBP (45 min)
Train: 18 £GBP (15 min)

Restaurants

Lunch ≈ 13 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 34 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 2.80 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.75 £GBP

Health & Safety
Travel insurance is recommended
Emergency numbers:
Ambulance: 112
Police: 101

Why Brussels

A city of contrasts, this enchanting destination will quickly engross you with its unique attitude and spirit. In Brussels the old combines with a progressive way of thinking and it is well worth taking the time to get to this city’s personality.

Brussels holidays are a pleasant assault on all the senses. Let famed Belgian beer and gourmet chocolate tickle your taste buds. Feast your eyes on incredible architecture, listen to the sounds and breathe in the smells of the bustling Gare du Midi market. The city’s architectural diversity ranges from the modern home of the European Parliament – the Espace Leopold, to the futuristic Atomium, the past can be found in the medieval Grand Place and the Parc du Cinquantenaire, a horse-shoe shaped arcade with a truly impressive Triumphal Arch. History, art and culture runs in Brussels veins. Discover examples of Art Nouveau buildings on every corner and learn about the father of the movement, Victor Horta at Musee Horta - one of more than 80 museums in the city.

When to go

Climate

To choose best time to go on holidays to Brussels learn some facts about its climate. Brussels’ climate is temperate with four distinct seasons. However, temperatures are reasonably mild throughout the year with an average low of 1 degree Celsius (34 Fahrenheit) in winter peaking at 23 degrees Celsius (73 Fahrenheit) in the summer.

On average Belgium experiences more rain than the UK and a little less than the Netherlands, it rains most in  July (mid-summer) and in December (early winter). The least rain occurs in April (mid-spring).

Where to go/stay

Don’t let the idea of the European Parliament put you off, Brussels is much more than politics and bureaucracy. There’s a wide variety history, arts and culture and events to make Brussels city break perfect. And many of Brussels’ best places to stay reflect the city’s cultural wealth. The range is vast from grand old hotels to trendy guesthouses.

Unless you are in the city on specific business, try to find a place to stay within the central ‘pentagon’, ideally in the Grand Place (Grote Markt) area or in nearby Ste-Catherine. The city also has a reasonable network of B&Bs.

Things to do

The sheer variety of things to do in this city makes Brussels holidays unforgettable. Visit the city’s landmarks, museums and free parks while admiring the beautiful Art Nouveau architecture by day. Then enjoy gourmet dining and the city’s vibrant nightlife scene by night.

Brussels shopping scene has something to satisfy everyone, from fashion at the large Woluwe shopping centre, to the lively markets such as Gare du Midi through to heavenly chocolate shops.

Situated in the city’s heart is Grand Place (Grote Markt) which is considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful medieval squares with its ornate 17th century buildings. Learn about Belgian architect and designer Victor Horta who is considered to be one of the most important names in Art Nouveau architecture at the Horta Museum. With his (1892-93) Hotel Tassel, he is sometimes credited as being the first to use the style in architecture.

A chocoholics’ heaven awaits at Bar Choc, with about 50 different beverages all based on, you guessed it, chocolate. For a truly unique eating experience on your Brussels city break head to Gin Fish, where you won’t find printed menus. Instead you watch the chef at work in the open kitchen preparing dishes from the fish catch of the day.

Go to popular pub Gran-Palace at La Mort Subite to whet your whistle with Belgian beer. For live music head to Hotsy Totsy which also doubles as an art gallery.