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brussels belgiumBrussels Belgium is the capital of Belgium and its largest city. It is also known as the capital of the European Union (EU) and a centre for politics. It is this that attracts the many visitors who flock there annually. The main attractions for visitors to Brussels include the Grand Place, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 because of its important place its part to play in local and wider history, the Royal Palace (a sight to behold) and the St Michael and Gudula Cathedral, worth a visit for all who enjoy religion, history, art and architecture. brussels belgiumIn terms of architecture, Brussels is very diverse. It offers medieval buildings, Art Noveau style buildings and more postmodernist architecture, including the building of the EU. Those with an interest in architecture will notice the grand Flemish houses in the town and enjoy the way in which the various styles are mixed in harmony. Art is important in Brussels. It is a cultural city offering over 80 museums including the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the Army and the Comic Museum. brussels belgiumPerforming arts is also high on the agenda for the life of residents and tourists in Brussels. The opera house, the Brussels Theatre, the La Monnaie Theatre and the Kaaitheater are particular favourites. Many people enjoy evenings of live music, ranging from opera and classical to clubs and bars which offer more pop and techno offerings. Those who enjoy their food will already know that Brussels is famous for its chocolate and waffles. The cuisine in Brussels, as is the case with much of Belgium, is mainly French. The seafood eateries found at Ste Catherine are very popular with locals and visitors alike. Thanks to its political importance, travel to and from Brussels is very easy. It is a well-connected city. There are numerous high-speed rail networks connecting the city with other major European cities and the main airport is Brussels Airport (located in Zavantem). brussels belgiumIn addition and in part because of its high profile political visitors, there is also ample choice for eateries, attractions and accommodation in Brussels. The weather in Brussels is mild and seasonal, with warm summers and colder, wet winters. While Brussels dominates on the European political landscape, many tourists were slow to pick up on its small town charm and various attractions, including delicious food, shopping, museums and nightlife. Festivals and exhibitions are organized regularly throughout the year to keep tourists entertained and the area has grown in popularity over the years. As well as this, many top clothes designers are recognizing Brussels (and Austria at large) as a bigger cultural fashion area and the shopping experience is one not to be missed. There is something for everyone in Brussels – young and old. Whether you enjoy a long stay or a weekend visit or even day trip, the city can entertain you during your time there. Its charm lies in how unassuming it is as a capital city. It is however, grand and beautiful. It is the perfect place to explore on foot and at leisure, stopping at one of the many coffee houses on your travels to enjoy a drink and some Belgian chocolate.

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