In case you are planning your spring vacation trip, Europe is the right place for you. There is a part of Europe that is often called the old heart of the continent. This place is Brussels and there are lots of things to see.
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and right now it is the administrative capital of the Europe Union. The city has acquired its own unique look thanks to the coexistence of French and Flemish cultures. The city is now home to many nationalities that are adding a cosmopolitan flavor to its atmosphere.
In Brussels, you can see the picturesque medieval streets, lively squares, beautiful boulevards, impressive monuments, spacious parks, cozy cafes, interesting restaurants and an active cultural life.
The Brussels’ memorable monument is a bronze statue of the seventeenth century, a little boy urinating into a fountain, which is a main attraction to thousands of tourists.
For those of you that are fans of the art, Brussels is also a home to the Surrealist painter René Magritte.
The town offers hundreds of galleries filled with Flemish masterpieces. The main thing that most of the tourists are missing when they leave Brussels is the food. The town has a real galaxy of restaurants that are offering international kitchen, as well as local specialties.
Brussels is famous for its beer, for it has more than 600 brands of beer. Don’t miss out to see the Grand Place.
It is a really great square in the center of Brussels surrounded with buildings looking a bit similar with Florence’s architecture.
The shopping streets are modern and you can find almost anything – from designer clothes to local souvenirs.
In case you want something different, don’t miss out the Place du Jeu de Balle – it is a flea market in one of the oldest squares in Brussels. The market offers everything – from African masks and retro film making counterfeiting chairs to reproductions of old Belgian masters like Bruegel.
The surrounding streets – Rue Blaes and Rue Haute are also popular. There you will find strange mixture of antique furniture shops, galleries and cafes.
If you are a history fan, then visit the Château de la Hulpe, a charming castle in the French style, built in 1842. The Castle is open to the public. There you will see the Foundation Folon that is showing the works of the Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon.