If you’re trying to choose your next vacation destination, consider Brussels. I spent a couple of days in Brussels Belgium and loved it. The de facto capital of the European Union, the city offers a rich history and a one-of-a-kind experience for travelers looking for a taste of Europe. Brussels is a blend of old and new, tradition and technology, and it offers something for virtually everyone to enjoy.
Not sure why you should include Brussels on your next travel itinerary? Here are just five of the reasons you’ll want to visit Brussels:
1 – THE ARCHITECTURE IS INCREDIBLE.
Brussels is home to some truly stunning architecture. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find photo-worthy storefronts, cafes, and churches, many of which boast an impressive history. Admire the stunning facades in the Grand Place, pack a picnic and enjoy an afternoon in Cinquantenaire Park, or tour St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral for a taste of gothic architecture.
2 – THERE ARE TASTY SNACKS EVERYWHERE YOU TURN.
Food-lovers are in luck when they visit Brussels. Aside from the fact that you can find virtually every type of ethnic cuisine in the world in this diverse city, it’s home to a few well-loved specialties. These include frites (delicious french fries, often cooked in duck fat) and waffles, which are nothing like the breakfast treats served in the United States. Covered in tasty toppings, these sweet treats are better saved for a late afternoon snack.
3 – IT’S HOME TO A VAST ARRAY OF MUSEUMS.
If you’re a museum junkie, you may be drawn to visit Paris, but don’t overlook Brussels as an excellent place to soak up some exciting art and culture. You can browse more traditional options, like the House or European History or the Art & History Museum, but you can also explore more interesting museums, like the Musical Instrument Museum or the Fashion and Lace Museum.
4 – YOU’LL FIND ONE-OF-A-KIND-STREET ART.
Brussels’ street art really embraces the city’s sense of humor. Brussels is home to Manneken Pis, a fountain that depicts a small boy urinating into a fountain. If that’s not enough, you can also find Jeanneke Pis, the fountain’s female counterpart, and Zinneke Pis, a status of a dog marking its territory on a metal barricade. You’ll also find murals and street art inspired by some of the world’s most well-loved comic scripts on the sides of buildings, so keep your eyes peeled as you explore the city!
5 – IT’S EASY TO ENJOY.
One of the best things about Brussels is how easy the city is to explore. Public transit is simple and straightforward, streets are easy to navigate, and many locals speak English, so there’s no language barrier to overcome. You won’t face the overwhelming lines and crowds you’ll find in larger cities, like Paris or London, and you’ll likely feel safer as a result.
There are dozens of reasons to fall in love with Brussels. Whether you’re a family looking for an exciting European vacation, a solo traveler looking for art and culture, or a couple enjoying a romantic trip together, you’ll be hard-pressed to have a bad time in Brussels.