Where to stay in Brussels

Brussels is a unique city which has no comparisons in all of Europe and represents one of the capitals of the old continent that should be visited at least once in a lifetime. It is an international crossroads that houses the seat of the European parliament and on whose streets, there is an atmosphere of great cultural ferment like in Paris or Berlin. The complex identity that characterizes the capital is in fact one of the elements that attracts tourists and visitors every year to visit Belgium, perhaps with a trip to nearby areas such as marvelous Bruges or enchanting Liege.



For those who stop in the city, however, there are many places of interest and areas to visit.

The center of the capital is represented by the famous Grand Place, one of the oldest parts of the city and was once used as a market, so that today, on all four sides, buildings of corporations are still present. It must be kept in mind that the history of Brussels has its roots back to the 10th century, when the city was founded in the form of a fort on the banks of the river Seine and grew, among the reclamation of the surrounding areas, to conquer the dimensions that are known today to all.



The square, over the centuries, has always maintained a strong symbolic importance and has always remained a theater of the greatest historical events. Even today it is one of the jewels of all the town’s architecture, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, where you can walk amongst history. Every year, on August 15th, the square also becomes a huge carpet of flowers for the celebration of the assumption of Mary.



One of the most important districts of the city is certainly the European Quarter, which is located further east than the historic city center and is perfectly connected to the city thanks to the impressive network of public transportation both above and underground that pass through the Belgian capital. The European Quarter, as its name suggests, is home to almost all the administrative buildings of the European Union but at the same time it is configured as an area adjacent to other residential districts, interspersed with parks in which to spend some pleasant time.



This is the case, for example, of the famous Parc du Cinquantenaire, which extends for 30 hectares and is still today one of the most loved parks by the inhabitants of the city of Brussels, as by the tourists who choose to visit it every year. Inside you can admire the beautiful Arc de Triomphe, built in 1905, later than the surrounding buildings whose construction was requested by King Leopold II on the eve of the 1880 international exhibition.



In addition to the Center and the European Quarter there are also other neighborhoods where you can spend your vacation. One of these is Les Marolles, which has decidedly cheaper prices and has made a name for itself over time through the integration of different cultures and languages; a sort of village within the city where a different dialect is spoken. This is an area more suited to an already seasoned tourist, especially if it is the first time visiting Brussels.



The neighborhoods of Ixelles and the Sablon close the tour. In the first case, it is a neighborhood that is mainly inhabited by artists and by many young university students; in the second case, it is an interesting (and successful) experiment between medieval architecture and urban planning with a modern vocation. Two neighborhoods at the antipodes, but vital and very appreciated by those who know or live in the city of Brussels, to experience your holiday like a local.

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