Brussels is not only the capital city and residential seat of the kingdom, it is also the EU headquarters and home to many other international institutions.
Places of interest in Europe’s unofficial capital
One of the main sights is the Grand Palace, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Manneken Pis, a bronze figure in the centre of the old town, is world famous. In the Jubelpark, you can marvel at the Triumphal Arch, the Art Deco Sacré-Cœur Basilica and many of the country’s other important buildings. The city is rich in opera houses and theatres. Tourists love the Royal Art Museum, the Weapons Museum and the Jewish Museum. The gastronomic offers are particularly wide ranging. Brussels offers around 1,800 restaurants of which many are viewed as high quality establishments.
Shopping in the streets of Brussels
Brussels offers a varied range of options for shopping. A number of fashion boutiques and specialist shops with well known luxury labels can be found, particularly in the Quartier Louise.