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Brussels at a Glance

European Union capital and historic city, Brussels is ready to awe you with its multiple museums, laid-back cafes and history-rich heart.

Standing in the center of Brussels' Grand Place, gaze upward to see the impressive Hotel de Ville. With Gothic spires and pinnacles, this building is the oldest in the square. The majestic guildhalls that make up the rest of the square are able to rival the height and splendor of the Hotel de Ville because the guilds were so profitable earlier in Belgium's history.

Tourists could spend all day in Brussels looking upward, but take your eyes off the architecture for a moment and grab a waffle from a street vendor. In most places, this sweet and delicious treat is served as a snack with customized toppings. For a more formal meal, dive into a cafe for lunch, stop and get coffee, or sample some local beer. You'll need to fuel up before you tackle Brussels' formidable collection of art and history museums.

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Brussels Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Belgium if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can research travel requirements in Belgium by using the  U.S State Department's website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Brussels Gare Centrale
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Brussels gets more rain than the UK so travelers should come prepared with an umbrella. Weather is cool year round and sweaters are often needed, even in summer.

      Safety Concerns Brussels' tourist areas have pickpockets, so secure your valuables Avoid flashing cash and keep your passport in your hotel safe.

      Health Concerns Brussels has clean drinking water and good public health. Avoid illness by practicing good hygiene.