Brussels, a city that continues to surprise and move you. This city-region-capital of 500 million Europeans is waiting to share its treasures with you. It’s a fair bet that its stormy history is the reason for its open-mindedness, warmth and friendliness. You’ll feel right at home in Brussels! As well as its historic monuments, Brussels has so much to share with you: its comic strip speech bubbles, its Art Nouveau façades, the talent of its stylists and designers, its delicacies and its surrealism, which can be found on every street corner.

Facts

Population

1,132,781 (last census: 31st December 2011)

Currency

1 euro = 100 cents

Opening hours

Shops are open from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. ‘til 6 p.m. Supermarkets close later and usually stay open until 9 p.m. on Fridays.

Newspapers

Le Soir La Libre Belgique L’Echo La Dernière Heure European Voice (English language, dedicated to European Union news) De Morgen De Standaard Het Nieuwsblad

Tourist information

VISITBRUSSELS, the tourist office for Brussels can be found at the following addresses: -BIP - Rue Royale 2-4, 1000 Brussels -Town Hall - Grand-Place, 1000 Brussels -Gare du Midi, 1000 Brussels For more info on the places and events that are too good to miss, visit: www.visitbrussels.be

Travel to Brussels

Book your flight to Brussels with Etihad Airways and discover the secrets of the capital of Europe. This city will not disappoint you, as it has everything from modern sculptures to architectural gems, plus a vibrant cultural life.

Apart from its must-try chocolates and dining options, Brussels has a lot to offer travellers. The rich history and culture of this European jewel is further amplified by its 90 museums, beautiful parks and brilliant architecture. 

Top 5 Things To Do in Brussels

  • Have a cup of coffee on a terrace at Grote Markt, considered one of the most beautiful city squares in the world
  • Explore the Magritte Museum, where some of the best and most representative works of this artist have been collected
  • See the Atomium, a symbol of the city, at night when more than 2,900 lights give this sculpture a magical appearance
  • Succumb to temptation in the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate, where you can not only learn the history of cocoa but taste its development as you sample the famous Belgian chocolates
  • Visit the theme park Mini-Europe, with more than 350 models, you can travel from the Eiffel Tower to Big Ben or the Tower of Pisa in just a few minutes

Shopping in Brussels

With the Brussels Card, there is no excuse not to check out the shopping districts in Brussels. For a small fee, the Brussels Card is valid for three days and offers travellers free public transport, as well as discounts in selected shops, restaurants and museums.

Sablon and Marolles districts are perfect for the luxury shopper – this is where the art galleries, antique dealers and fine chocolatiers reside.  Meanwhile, Rue Antoine Dansaert has a number of boutiques selling haute-couture fashion, accessories and home ware, many of which are ‘Made in Brussels’. Within short walking distance is Rue de Jourdan, a pedestrianised shopping strip boasting some of the best brand names in luxury fashion.

For something less upscale, visit Rue Neuve, one of the most bustling of Brussels' shopping streets. Rue des Fripiers (place de la Monnaie) and the outdoor markets, Rue Haute and Rue Blaes, are popular for the more practical shopping trip too. Travellers can also make a quick pit stop at one of the quaint cafes that line the busy shopping streets.  

Restaurants in Brussels

For the foodie, Brussels is an obvious heaven. Due to its location, in the heart of Europe, Brussels cuisine takes culinary inspiration from many different countries and cultures. From Michelin starred three-course dinners and exquisite à la carte menus, to sandwich stalls and family-owned restaurants, there is no shortage of places to eat in Brussels. Visit Place du Chatelain for dining in relaxed and familiar surroundings, and for a more formal atmosphere and fine dining, we recommend trying one of the restaurants along Place Stephanie,  Chausée de Charleroi and on both sides of Rue Berckman.

Despite its vast array of choice for diners, there is only one national dish that stays true to its roots and is an absolute favourite among nationals - Moules et frites (Mussels and chips). This is not surprising for a city that has made a positive name for itself for its seafood and shellfish.

Nightlife in Brussels

Once you have booked your flights to Brussels, there is one thing you can count on, and that is a good time. While the nightlife in Brussels is pretty quiet in comparison to other European cities, there are still plenty of things to keep reveling travellers busy in the evenings including places to enjoy al fresco dining and late-night lounges.

For quiet nights, there is also an extensive variety of theatres, cabarets, cinemas and dinner shows to experience in and around the city.

Plan your Brussels holiday

Etihad Airways Deals section offers you superb flight deals to Brussels so that you can live out these experiences first hand. Before buying your tickets to Brussels, remember that peak season is in July and August. These months are a perfect opportunity to enjoy events such as the Summer Festival, the biggest music festival in the city, or the International Festival of The Brigittines.

To find cheap hotels in Brussels and to avoid the crowds, the perfect months to visit are from March to May and from September to October. April starts with the International Fantastic Film Festival and is followed by the Brussels Tango Festival. The Marni and Flagey Jazz Festival and the famous Comic Strip Festival occur in September.  For the sweet tooth, the annual Brussels Chocolate Festival, usually held in February is also another event not to be missed.

The weather in Brussels is temperate and pretty mild all year around, with the average low at 1°C in winter and 23°C in summer. So if you are looking for sunshine and blue skies, it is recommended that you book your tickets to Brussels for a summer visit.

Book your flights to Brussels today

Discover the best deals on accommodation and affordable ticket prices to Brussels with Etihad Airways. You may also want to note that, while the baggage allowances on Etihad flights are generous, you can enjoy special rates for any extra bags you would like to take or return with you too. 

Destination Routes

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