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City trip in the European city: Brussels

Both the new MEININGER Hotel Bruxelles Gare du Midi, located right next to Belgium's busiest train station, and the MEININGER Hotel Bruxelles City Center offer the perfect base for exploring the Belgian capital. Many of its sights can be quickly and easily reached from both hotels, either on foot or with public transport. As well as cultural highlights such as the Grote Markt, Atomium, European Quarter and the Manneken Pis, culinary specialities such as Belgian fries and chocolates cannot be left out.

Business travelers benefit from short distances to the city center and European Quarter. Free Wi-Fi also guarantees a comfortable stay. Families can look forward to generous family rooms. The Game Zone provides kids with a change of scenery and parents can end the day with a leisurely drink in the bar. Private multi-bed rooms offer ideal accommodation for class trips and tour groups. Packed lunches, lunch and evening meals can also be booked upon request. Backpackers can stay the night at a particularly good price. Washing machines, tumble dryers and the guest kitchen ensure our guests maintain their independence and have a trouble free trip!

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What to do in Brussels - Brussels Atomium Admission Ticket

Brussels Atomium Admission Ticket

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What to do in Brussels - Brussels Mini-Europe Admission Ticket

Brussels Mini-Europe Admission Ticket

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What to do in Brussels - Choco-Story Brussels Museum Entrance

Choco-Story Brussels Museum Entrance

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What to do in Brussels - Brussels: Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee

Brussels: Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee

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Frequently asked questions about Brussels

What is Brussels famous for?

Brussels is the capital of Belgium, full of Art Deco cafés and bars, unique Flemish art, towering Gothic cathedrals and quaint guild houses. The city is full of activities all year round. Explore the parks with blooming flowers, architectural monuments, historical culture and art as you fortify yourself with the famous Belgian chocolates and the huge selection of local beers.

Brussels is also a marvelous city for shopping thanks to its 19th-century shopping arcade Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. The passage houses a number of top brands, some of which have designed clothing for the Belgian royal family. The cobbled streets of the city center are lined with excellent restaurants and wood-paneled Art Deco brasseries.

Brussels is considered to be the center of the EU. It is often referred to as the "capital of the EU" because it is home to many important European institutions, including the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament.

What to do in Brussels?

12 things you should have seen and done in Brussels:

- Be inspired by the Grand Place
- Step back in time at the Old England building
- Visit Notre-Dame Du Sablon
- Admire Le Botanique
- See the Royal Palace
- Smile about Manneken Pis
- Get your fill of art at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts
- Relax in the Parc Du Cinquantenaire
- Enjoy a beer tour
- Appreciate the lesser known history of Brussels
- Enjoy the nightlifeMarvel at the Atomium

Where is Brussels?

Brussels is the capital of Belgium. The country, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is located in Western Europe. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest.

Brussels city is divided into two segments, the lower and upper town. The lower town is based in the valley of the river Senne. It is the main hub for businesses and industries and includes the historic heritage of the city. The upper town, on the valley's east slope, consists of residential and governmental districts holding the Parliament building, Royal Palace and offices of the ministries.

Is Brussels a safe city?

Brussels is a city of around 1 million inhabitants. Crime is generally pretty low and easy to avoid if you are aware of certain petty crimes. Be vigilant and take care of valuables in the streets of the city center, busy tourist sites and transport hubs.

Is Brussels expensive?

Brussels is one of the more expensive cities in Europe. Being a major business hub and home of principal EU institutions means there is a steady supply of wealthy people coming and going on a daily basis. Tourist attractions, transportation and food can be a bit pricy compared to other European major cities.

How many days should you spend in Brussels?

Brussels is the capital city of Belgium. There are amazing things that you can see and experience in Brussels. The city offers many opportunities to immerse yourself in Western European culture and history.

You can explore the city in a day or more. Tow days in Brussels are just enough time to explore the highlights and fill up on Belgium's famous food and beer.

Where to stay in Brussels?

Brussels' accommodation options are diverse, with something for every level of comfort and budget. The most frequent question from travelers visiting for the first time is, "What's the best area to stay in when visiting Brussels?". Without a doubt, the best place to stay in Brussels is the area around the city center. It contains almost all the main sights and various places to eat. So, staying here makes sense if your time is limited.

What to eat in Brussels?

One of the best reasons to visit Brussels is the local cuisine. Brussels has some typical dishes and street food delicacies that you should try if you want to get to know the local culture. Of course, this includes chocolate, waffles and the Belgian fries! 

French fries!
Waffles
Moules frites
Stoemp
Carbonnade Flamande
Chocolate
Speculatious
Beer

Which Brussels airport is closest to the city?

The largest and closest airport to the city center is Brussels Zaventem. It is located just 12 km from the city center. Charleroi airport is located 60 km south of Brussels' city center.