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Brussels is a cosmopolitan city. European capital, besides being that of Belgium, it has 183 different nationalities. The city has an international character. Many think that Brussels is a business city because of the presence of the European Parliament and many businesses, but tourists of all ages have a lot to discover!
Brussels is a historic city with many buildings and beautiful squares. Visit the Grand-Place and the King's House (the museum on Brussels) or the imposing arcades in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, stroll through the streets of the Middle Ages in the historic center (around the Rue des Bouchers), go to a concert in St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, or visit the Royal Palace.
The most famous inhabitant of Brussels is the Manneken-Pis. This little man known around the world has been urinating water for almost 400 years. The statue located at the corner of Rue de l'Étuve and Rue de Chênes is a copy. A molding was done since the original stone was stolen several times. The "real" Manneken-Pis can be found at the Brussels City Museum on the Grand-Place, with its large wardrobe with more than 700 costumes. Tradition has it that the Manneken-Pis is dressed for special occasions. Did you know that he also has a little sister? Her name is (of course) Jeanneke-Pis. This statue of a girl urinating is located in the Impasse de la Fidelity, a side street at Rue des Bouchers near Grand Place.The Atomium is another icon of the city. Located in the Heysel Park, it offers from its upper ball a magnificent panoramic view of the entire city of Brussels. The futuristic monument was the figurehead and symbol of the 1958 World's Fair.
If you like art, you will appreciate the many museums of the city. You will find exceptional works of Magritte in the museum that bears his name, you can visit the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the Palace of Fine Arts - BOZAR, the Old Masters Museum or the End of Century Museum. If you prefer modern design, choose the Brussels Design Museum ADAM.
Go to the Brussels City Museum on the Grand Place if you want to know more about the history of the city. At the BELvue Museum, you will be able to learn everything you have always wanted to know about Belgium (its democracy, its history, etc.). The Parlamentarium explains interactively and clearly the role of the European Parliament.
Brussels also offers other types of museums, such as the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Belgian Chocolate Village, the Horta House and its art nouveau, or Autoworld and vintage cars.
Brussels has even more to offer. Luxury boutiques are located at the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert near the Grand-Place. In the Queen's, Princes' and King's Galleries (all of which have glass roofs) you will find many luxury boutiques, chocolate shops, jewelers and historic restaurants. If you prefer vintage, you will be in your element at Marolles, the oldest district in Brussels with many vintage shops. At the heart of this district is the Place du Jeu de Balle where a flea market is set up every day.
With children, you can go to the Museum of Comics, discover Europe in Mini-Europe, or go to Océade in Bruparck, a water park with no less than 14 slides.
And what would be a visit to Brussels without enjoying its delicious specialties. Enjoy a hot Brussels waffle, mussels and French fries, treat yourself to some delicious Belgian chocolates, and do not forget to taste the various special beers.
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