The Belgian capital is quite a typical city by the standards of the country. Here you will not see modern glass skyscrapers rushing to the clouds, or high-tech car parks. It seems that time in this city has died down in the best years of the last century, and modernity is reminiscent of the ubiquitous wi-fi and new cars on the streets. Brussels is a city of old houses, ancient roadways and picturesque streets, and this is its main charm.
At the national airport in Brussels, more bars of chocolate and chocolate products are sold annually than anywhere else in the world.
One of the most visited attractions in Brussels – the fountain “Manneken Pis.” For a small figure of this baby, about 600 suits were sewn to dress him up on solemn occasions.
Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium, but also the political center of the European Union – it is here that the meetings of the European Parliament are held. Here is the headquarters of another international association – NATO. In total, more than 120 international governmental organizations are located in Brussels.
4. Another popular place in Brussels is the Atomium, built for the 1958 Expo. This is part of the crystal lattice of iron, whose size was increased by 165 billion times. It consists of 9 huge spheres – the diameter of each is 18 meters, and 20 pipes connecting them together. In the central one there is an elevator, capable of delivering guests to the restaurant or to the observation deck in 25 seconds.
In Brussels, you can see not only the Belgian landmarks, but also iconic buildings from all over Europe – they are collected in the park “Mini Europe”. Miniatures of famous buildings and structures in scale 1:75 are placed next to the Atomium.
On the Grand Place in the center of Brussels every even year for almost 50 years, a huge carpet of flowers is sown. Millions of begonias of different shades create an amazing live canvas on a total area of 1800 square meters.
Confectioneries in Brussels are preparing their own branded dessert – “Brussels balls”. These are balls of chocolate with a variety of fillings – their number is close to 70.
In Brussels, on the Museum Square, is perhaps one of the most unusual museums in the world – a well with illumination, called “Failure”. If you look into it, you can see the exhibits of the Museum of Modern Art.
Brussels is one of the most multinational cities in the world. About 30% of the population are from other countries.
In the Grand Place there is an ancient building known as the King’s House, although no king in it has ever lived and worked. Now the building houses exhibits of the city museum.
This Royal Palace in Brussels, too, is – it is located in the Upper City and is the residence of the royal family. When in the summer months the royal people go on summer vacation, the palace is opened for visitors, and it can be viewed for free.
St. Michael’s Cathedral in Brussels – the place of all the wedding and funeral ceremonies of the royal family of Belgium. The building of the building, similar to Notre-Dame de Paris, lasted 300 years.
Brussels Basilica Sacré-Coeur is one of the five largest churches in the world.