travel guide

The Capital of Belgium.

Brussels is not only the capital but the heart and centre of the country. It is one of the largest and most beautiful cities in Europe and is no surprise that it was chosen to be the political centre for the headquarters of much of the European Union’s institutions, as well as the political seat of NATO, the Western European Union (WEU) and other European organisations. Today, it is considered the de facto capital of Europe.

Brussels architectural jewel is the Grand Place with its lovely 17th century buildings and 15th century Town Hall. Nearby is the well known little statue of Manneken Pis, the most popular citizen of Brussels. The collegiate church of SS Michel and Gudule (Gothic) with its 16th century stained glass windows, the church of Our Lady of the Sablon (late Gothic) are magnificent monuments to be visited.

Brussels Belgium, city skyline at Arcade du Cinquantenaire of Brussels (Arc de Triomphe)

Other points of interest are the House of Erasmus in Anderlecht, the 17th century Cambre Abbey, the Royal Palace and Park, Parliament Buildings, the Archway of the Cinquantenaire and the 19th century Palais de Justice. The Battle of Waterloo, with its painted panorama of the famous battle and the Napoleonic relics, is a short distance from the capital, as is the castle of Gasbeek, which belonged to the Count d’Egmont.