With façades straight out of the late 1800s, cobbled streets and ornate palaces, the Brussels cityscape looks like something you might find printed on an expensive box of (Belgium) chocolates. However, behind the guild-houses and vintage flea-markets, you’ll find a city that is as quirky and contemporary as it is beautiful. Brussels has a bubbling arts’ scene, which gives rise to an astonishing amount of festivals and celebrations. For those who prefer to relax, sit back, and take in the scenery, the café culture is alive and kicking, with plenty of places to simply watch the world go by. The parks are spacious and well maintained, making Brussels feel more like a collection of small towns rather than a modern metropolis.
Package holidays to Brussels with Qatar Airways Holidays are the best way to get to know this stunning and surprising city.
- The Grand Place is a must-see for anyone taking holiday packages to Brussels. Living up to its name, it’s lined with elaborate guild-houses, the town hall, and the opulent King’s House, which houses the Museum of Brussels. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Grand Palace is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular squares in Europe.
- If you have any locomotive fans in your group, a visit to Train World ought to be on your list of things to do. See more than 20 trains, ranging from some of the earliest ever made, to futuristic-looking trains from the 21st Century.
- Comic strips are an integral part of the Belgian culture, and you’ll find national and international comics at the Comic Strip Centre. There are publications in almost every language and an astonishing range of genres and styles.
- Brussels is practically bursting with museums, but the Bozar Museum is one not to miss. Housing an extensive collection of fine arts, the museum also acts as host to a diverse range of exhibitions, musical concerts and film shows.
Brussels throws its doors open to almost 7 million visitors each year. Despite that, it hasn’t succumbed to the pressures of tourism and retains a charming and relaxed atmosphere. For those looking to add a little retail therapy to their break, there’s plenty of excellent shopping in Brussels. You’ll find flea-markets popping up all over the place, but if you want to indulge in some of the city’s upmarket boutique shops, look out for the Rue Lepage, which leads to the Nouveau Marche aux Grains. For designer brands and exclusive stores, make your way to Rue Antoine Dansaert. There are some outstanding and opulent hotels to add a touch of luxury to your package holidays to Brussels with Qatar Airways Holidays, and plenty of family-friendly attractions, too.
Brussels is famous for its gastronomy, and culinary packages to Brussels are a great way to get to grips with its cuisine. Try everything from Belgian meatballs and classic mussels and chips to delicate dishes served in beautiful restaurants.
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For the warmest weather, book your package holidays to Brussels with Qatar Airways Holidays between June and August. For fewer crowds and cooler temperatures, head to the city during the shoulder seasons of March-May and September-November.
Brussels Holidays Experiences
- Visit in August to experience the Flowertime Festival, held at the Grand Place. The Gothic halls, arches and corridors of the Town Hall are covered with vibrant, local blooms, filling the space with a beautiful perfume.
- Much more than a model village, Mini-Europe is a miniature representation of all the major landmarks of the EU countries. Located in Brupark, you’ll also be a stone’s throw from the incredible Atomium installation.
- Chocolate is everywhere you go, and a trip to Brussels wouldn’t be complete without a chocolate tour. Stroll through the city centre and learn about the history behind Brussels’ most famous sweet treat.
- Cycling is a popular way to travel in the city, and there are plenty of parks from where you can look at the scenery from the comfort of your saddle.