Brussels is the capital of Belgium and an eclectic city whose unique identity lies in just how diverse its culture is. The population is bilingual; Brussels was historically populated by Dutch speakers until Belgian independence in 1830, when the Francization of Brussels started to pick up the pace, and the result is that all road signs, street names, and many other publicly shown text is displayed or spoken in French and Dutch. It is also called the “Capital of the European Union” due to it being host to the major political institutions of the EU. Mark your 2015 travel calendars with our tours and activities to the Belgian capital and explore a city of many influences.
Begin any stay in Brussels by grabbing a Brussels Card. Gain free entry to 29 museums, and get discounts and special offers at boutiques, retailers, attractions, and restaurants, and get discounts on guided tours, all for one low price.
Go on a City Sightseeing Brussels Hop On Hop Off Tour and explore the city in your own time and at your own pace from atop a red London double decker bus. Visit incredible landmarks such as the European Parliament complex, home of the EU. See the Atomium, a fascinating museum designed to resemble the form of an iron crystal. At some stops, enjoy the world-famous Belgian beer and Belgian chocolate, as well as a Brussels waffle!
Extend your tour outside the city limits with a visit to Bruges, sometimes called “The North Venice” due to its canals. Meet up with a local guide and proceed to the Lake of Love, and the Beguinage, once a community of the religious Beguines, and now a Benedictine convent. Continue on a walking tour of the city, where you can see the Market Square with the Belfry, the Old City Hall which is one of the oldest city halls in the whole Netherlands, and more. You’ll also optionally get to travel along the iconic canals of Bruges and truly understand why it is called the North Venice.