A destination that's easy to reach and reasonable prices that won't strain its visitors' pockets, regardless of age. This cosmopolitan city that loves good food lives life its way and expresses itself in a style very much its own: sometimes rebellious and mischievous, sometimes thoughtful and composed, but always very likeable.
The Grand-Place is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Four styles stand alongside each other or sometimes even overlap; it’s a wonderful hotch-potch of Gothic, opulent baroque, neoclassical and neogothic. The Town Hall is one of Belgium's finest civic buildings. Not only because of the numerous sculptures adorning its walls, but also because of its perfect proportions and the incomparable beauty of its tower, the spire of which is topped by the archangel Saint-Michael.
The Royal Palace was built on the site of the former Palace of the Dukes of Brabant which was destroyed by fire in 1731. Started in 1820, it was modified in 1904 under Leopold II, who had it rebuilt in Louis XVI style. The side wings date from the 18th century and at the end of each wing there is a pavilion. On the left that of the Civil List and on the right the Hotel Bellevue which is currently the BELvue Museum.
Inaugurated in 1890, the square is surrounded by a superb wrought-iron balustrade, decorated with 48 bronze statuettes which represent the ancient crafts once practised in Brussels. There are ten statues decorating the rear of the park, intended to illustrate the 16th century in Belgium through the country's celebrated scholars and humanists, such as Mercator and Abraham Ortelius, amongst others. In the centre, the statues of the Counts of Egmont and Hornes symbolise the fight against Spanish tyranny in the 16th century.
The Magritte Museum, dedicated to the work of the Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte, is situated next to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Housed in the five-level neo-classical Hotel Altenloh, on the Place Royale, it displays some 200 original Magritte paintings, drawings and sculptures including The Return, Scheherazade and The Empire of Light. This multidisciplinary permanent installation is the biggest Magritte archive anywhere and most of the work is directly from the collection of the artist's widow, Georgette Magritte, and from Irene Hamoir Scutenaire, who was his primary collector
The Horta Museum is dedicated to the life and work of the Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta and his time. The museum is housed in Horta's former house and atelier, Maison & Atelier Horta (1898), in the Brussels municipality of Saint-Gilles. In the splendid Art Nouveau interiors there is a permanent display of furniture, utensils and art objects designed by Horta and his contemporaries as well as documents related to his life and time. The museum also organizes temporary exhibitions on topics related to Horta and his art. The building is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta.
The artistic charm and timeless architecture of Brussels leaves an impression that beckons further exploration. Classic Belgian style combines effortlessly with contemporary European luxuries. Historic Art Nouveau buildings stand shoulder-to-shoulder as cathedral peaks brim to the sky. La Grand-Place, Manneken-Pis and Town Hall all host some of Europe’s most renowned architectural achievements. Of course, aside from historical contexts, modern pleasantries thrive throughout. From celebrated Avenue Louise shopping to notorious beer tastings in Winksele, visitors stay busy exploring all of the treats of Brussels’ winding streets. Art exhibits, historic tours and fashion districts showcase Brussels’ rich history while featuring its newest pleasures.
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