Brussels - The jewel in the Belgian crown
I have visited this great city numerous times and I find it has a pull that keeps me returning time after time. Not only is Brussels a beautiful city full of grand architecture, it is also a place to indulge in culinary delights and strong deliciously flavoursome beer. Being only a short hop from the UK, Brussels is the perfect weekend getaway and offers multiple flight options to choose from.
Getting around Brussels is very easy and you can easily visit the main sights by foot but you can venture out of the city to the likes of Ghent and Antwerp by train. The trains are very safe to use and you will find that the signage is very tourist friendly. Brussels also has a metro system which again, is very safe and can give you another option once those tired legs kick in. Exploring Brussels on foot is a joy and wandering through the cobbled streets amongst the various shops and restaurants offers a chance to immerse yourself in the grand surroundings of the city.
One of the first things you will notice as you enter the city is the totally hypnotic scent of the famous Belgian waffles. The sweet aroma that engulfs every street is just one of the many culinary delights that Brussels has to offer. Another must for any visitor is a portion of 'triple fried chips' - I know, they sound horrendous right? They are a notch on the calorific scale yes but a true delight all the same. As many of you may know, Belgium is also famous for its chocolate and you will find many opportunities around the city to sample and purchase a selection of these mouth watering sweet treats. Just remember, they are not for sharing!
There are plenty of things to do in Brussels and an abundance of sights to see. A great place to start is the Grand Place which is a huge, historic square pictured above which is surrounded by gold clad buildings and small cafes. The Grand Place is particularly magical on the approach to Christmas as the ginormous tree takes its place in the centre of the square and lights up the small market stalls that surround it. Another hidden gem is St Michael's cathedral which i happened to stumble across during my first visit to the city. I say 'stumble across' but in all honesty, it is very hard to miss! It's tall steeples tower into the sky above and inside it is a sight to behold. There is something very nostalgic and humbling about strolling around an old cathedral in complete silence - it's a must see, especially at night as you can see below!
As evening descends in Brussels, the vibrant city comes to life with many bars and restaurants tempting visitors in with their array of local and typically French cuisine. There is however plenty on offer in Brussels to cater for all tastes. When it comes to drink, Belgium as you may know, is famous for one thing and one thing only, beer - and boy do they know how to brew it! The majority of bars and restaurants in Brussels have a beer menu that could rival a pizza menu of an Italian pizzeria. The beer menus are often so extensive that you can be forgiven for closing your eyes. pointing to one and hoping for the best but in all honesty, you cannot go far wrong whichever one you end up with. Belgian beer is typically very strong and it is not uncommon to find them in the 10%abv region. I can personally recommend ''Trappist' but be sure to try 'Delirium'. Be careful though, it does exactly what it says on the tin!
I hope this post has given you a small taste of what Brussels has to offer. It is the perfect weekend retreat for singles and couples alike. As always, if you have any questions or would like to know a bit more about this delightful Belgian city, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to assist before you book that next trip.