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Brussels (Bruxelles in French, Brussel in Flemish) is one of the world's most relaxed and relaxing capitals. The city centre, which has retained its medieval charm, features narrow streets opening out dramatically into the vast Grand-Place. Architectural treasures include Léopold II's Cinquantenaire Palace and curvaceous Art-Nouveau buildings by Brussels' architect, Victor Horta. For green spaces, seek relief in the Forêt de Soignes, which stretches from the Bois de la Cambre to Waterloo.

The historic centre around Grand-Place is home to the city's key museums and monuments, including the Manneken-Pis and reclining Charles-Everard de T'Serclaes (give him a stroke as you pass for good luck).

But after a tour, forsake the quaint centre for the ultra-modern Quartier des Institutions Européennes and Parisian-style boulevards Belliard and La Loi; peaceful Sablon, near the Royal Palace; vibrant Marolles near the Palais de Justice, south of the Grand-Place; Saint-Gilles, resplendent with Victor Horta's Art Nouveau architecture; and Heysel, far out to the northwest, remembered for the lingering glory of the 1958 Exhibition and the tragedy of the Heysel stadium disaster.

  • Last visit to Brussels: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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