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BRUSSELS

Discover a Cosmopolitan Capital

Just an hour's flight from Nice, Brussels is one of the European capitals that is closest to France. The Manneken Pis and the European Parliament may be the first images that spring to mind, but the Belgian capital has much more in store if you take an affordable flight from Nice to Brussels. This modern, eclectic city is simply bursting with treasures! Follow your guide...


Fly from Nice to Brussels for a feast of Art Nouveau and chocolate

After boarding your flight from Nice to Brussels, get ready to discover a capital city steeped in history. The first must-see is the UNESCO site of the Grand Place with its majestic, Gothic city hall. You will be right in the heart of life in Brussels' historic centre, with its countless boutiques, shops of all kinds, brasseries and of course the Manneken Pis. And as you wander the city's narrow streets, why not treat yourself to one of Brussels' world-famous chocolates? A visit to the Belgian capital would hardly be complete without stopping off at the Quartier des Marolles, home to the city's top chocolatiers! The city is also ideal to stop off in a brasserie and try a good beer, especially Kriek and Gueuze: specialities of Brussels.

Brussels: capital of Art Nouveau

If you like Art Nouveau and its curved lines inspired by nature, you will find no less than 500 buildings in the style to admire in the city.

Brussels: a cosmopolitan city

Brussels is also the nerve centre and the beating heart of Europe, where many important issues are debated. In keeping with this cosmopolitan aspect, there are various neighbourhoods with clearly defined identities, which are waiting to be discovered during a stay in Brussels. So, you can stroll around the fashion-designers' quarter or, if you're keen on cultural tourism, take a look around the old town. And for those who like green spaces, Brussels has nearly 8000 hectares of parks and gardens. In the very north is the Atomium: a new attraction offering an unbeatable view of the city.


10 must-sees for your trip to Brussels:

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The Manneken Pis: the world-famous symbol of Brussels.

The Grand Place and the City Hall: this majestic square is sure to cast its spell on you.

The Magritte Museum: over 200 works by the Belgian surrealist painter, one of the ten best-known painters in the world.

Royal Museums of Fine Arts: 4 museums containing over 20,000 works of art!

The Belgian Comic Strip Centre: 4000m² devoted to comic strips: the perfect way to escape and put a smile on your face.

The Atomium: impressive monument constructed for the 1958 World's Fair.

The Grand Sablon: refined, bourgeois neighbourhood, bursting with luxury boutiques and antiques dealers, which comes alive every Saturday for its antiques market.

The European Parliament: this contemporary modern building is a sight worth seeing.

The Mont des Arts Garden: created for the 1910 World's Fair, and best known for its French-style geometric gardens.

Mini-Europe: 350 miniature models recreating famous sites make this park truly magical.


Brussels: A City of Festivities

The Meyboom: old folkloric tradition of planting May trees which takes place on 9th August.

The Ommegang: celebration of Charles Quint's 1549 arrival in Brussels, with two traditional processions that attract thousands of people to the Grand Place.

The Zinneke Parade: it's time to put on the craziest costumes and take to the streets, every two years in July.

The Brussels Summer Festival: a series of concerts by internationally famous groups, at the end of summer.

The Kunsten Arts Festival: dances, films, performances, theatre, exhibitions, concerts across the capital, in May.

The Couleur Café Festival: a program of world music and urban music, over the last weekend in June.

The Saint-Verhaegen: traditional student folkloric parade, for the anniversary of the founding of the Free University of Brussels, on 20 November.

But also:

Brussels Gay and Lesbian Festival in January.

The Iris Festival in May/June.

The European Film Festival in late June / early July.

The Brussels Foire du Midi, a huge fairground in July / August.

Brussels Drive-in Movies from August to September

The Brussels Summer Festival in August

Brussels Beer Weekend in early September

The Brussels Marathon in October

 

Plus even more festivals all year round!

For further information, consult:  http://www.visitbelgium.com/?page=calendar

 Tourist information office: http://www.belgiumtheplaceto.be/


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