"Gothic treasures , art nouveaux - a royal city!" Top 5 Page for this destination Brussels by belgianchocolate

Brussels Travel Guide: 5,650 reviews and 11,941 photos

There is something for everybody in Brussels.
A rich cultural offer , museums enough
to spend a lifetime...

The good Belgian life : lots of restaurants ,
atmospheric caféés...

Forget about the tourist bus ,
search your own way ,
go further then the 'grand place'.
Dare to get lost...

Mongrels?


Ok , I might have to explain that title?
It is said that 'Brusseleirs' have got
their own way of handeling things.
They are also known as 'zinnekes'.
A 'zinneke' is a bastard dog who pies
on the big issues and has it's own way
of looking at things.
They don't really care about the
French-Flemish language thing ,
they got their own language.
Politics...pfffft , they say they do
whatever they like anyway.

But what do they do themselves?
It is a bit a Belgian thing.
Belgians say yes to law and order
and then do the things they like
the way they want. Probably a left over
from all the abuses through history.

If you look at Belgium , only the architecture
you could think there is no
'Ministry of Housing Spatial Planning and the Environment '.
But there is one...
In the end it has it's charm and
we are used to it.
How do you like it?

And that is how Brussels became how
it looks today. Interesting ,..savage sometimes.
And let's not forget about 'Leopold II''
the second king of the Belgians ,
who wanted Brussels to become
a real capital and knocked half
the city down but in return had build
some impressive buildings and
big lanes. Brussels would still
have been a village without him.
In some sence he was a 'Zinneke' as well.

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  • Last visit to Brussels: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Sep 25, 2004
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  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    Fantastic page - very interesting. Irene

  • sihi's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Great page and tips. Amazing city:)

  • MrsPeel's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    I absolutely love the way you write! hey, the Oceade isnt only for those *Benidorm* types...my daughter is 11, and though she loves history, buildings and chocolate, she loves water too!!! we have the Oceade & MiniEurope in our plan!Thanx!!!

  • aukahkay's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2007 at 8:23 AM

    Before I came across your Brussels page, I thought that the only attractions in Brussels were the Grand Place, Mannekin Pis and the Atomium. I am determined to visit your beautiful city again in October/November.

  • shutterlust's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Great tips, will definitely be of use when I visit in March! :-) Love the festival listings in the customs tips!

  • asianbelle's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2006 at 10:53 PM

    The custom of "rubbing" statues is very interesting. My friend rubbed the tummy of a Chinese buddha in HK and soon after she got a Chinese boyfriend. Coincidence or wish granted?

  • RedEaredPanda's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2005 at 6:59 PM

    It is interesting how there are many different ways in different cultures people practice to bring them good luck like throwing coins into the water, etc.. So if you're Lesbian, 'Everhard 't Serclaes' won't bring you luck?? LOL

  • lumikki's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2005 at 12:25 PM

    I visited Brussels and Brugge. I would like to thank you for your useful advices. Brussels impressed me and so did Pierre Marcolini chocolates:-). Now I am a fan of belgian chocolates and biscuits :-) Unfortunately I did'n follow your advice about Brugge.

  • Jul 7, 2005 at 11:09 AM

    great page u've got here. my fav. so far on brussels. i'll b visiting there soon n found ur page very easy to follow n helpful. thanx

  • Polly74's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2005 at 4:47 AM

    Amazing page and wonderful tips!!! I really enjoy the way you describe things!!! :-) Paola

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