Fly To Brussels, Belgium
Brussels is located in Belgium, well known for their medieval old towns. A major European tourist destinations for weekend getaways and holidays, Brussels has some of the best trendy bars, colourful nightlife scenes and amazing shopping spots.
Filled with much charm and charisma it is not hard to see why this small town is the most loved city in Belgium.
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Why visit Brussels?
- Brussels is central located and in close proximity to many European cities, making it a great hub for your euro trip.
- It is known for having some of the best attractions in Belgium!
- Brussels does not only have the best waffles in Belgium, but some of the best food!
If you are looking for smaller crowds and cheaper prices then the perfect time for you to visit Brussels would be between March and May and/or September and October.
The peak tourist season for Belgium starts in July and ends in August. The weather is at its finest during this time, but Belgium is attractive during any time of the year.
April is the music season in Brussels, so if music is a passion be sure to schedule your holiday around this time.
On average the temperature in Brussels ranges from an estimated 40 degrees in winter to 70 degrees in summer.
Brussels is a bilingual city, the two languages that are spoken by most locals are French and Dutch (Flemish).
- French fries were invented in Brussels.
- Brussels sprouts have been grown in Belgium for over 700 years.
- This city produces more chocolate per capita than any other in the country.
- Brussels has a fries museum! Yes, a fried museum! It’s called “Home Frit' Home - Frite museum Brussels.
Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium, but also the de facto capital of the European Union. It’s grown from a small fortress town in the 10th century to a sizeable metropolis with the largest population in Belgium. This city has a surplus of museums, monuments, and attractions, all of which are captivating in their own right. The good news is that a lot of them are free, or at least very affordable, so you can visit them all without breaking the bank.
Major attractions in Brussels include Manneken Pis which is a famous statue of a little boy peeing in a fountain, this is a perfect representation of type of humour that is found in Belgium. The Cathedral of Saints Michel and Gudule, Museum of Ancient Art, Margritte Museum, Museum of Musical Instruments, and the Grand Place are great attarctions to sere and will give you much insight into what Brussels is all about.
If you are looking to experience something out of the ordinary, we recommend The Belgian Center for Comic Strip Art, Mini-Europe Brussels, and Brussels zoo. These attractions will definitely give you something to write home about.
Travelling around Brussels is simple and affordable using the public transport network, made up of train, tram and bus. If you’re staying in the city centre, and don’t mind a bit of a walk, nearly all the popular attractions are accessible on foot as well.
When it’s come to entertainment Brussels has much to offer from to food, attractions & sights, ethnicity and even sounds. It’s not hard to see why this city is considered to be the top-tourist destinations in the world.
Brussels is considered to be a foodie city. There is so much variety and your taste-buds will be pleasantly surprised at how good the food is. Be warned, practicing any kind of dient is not advised when visiting Brussels unless it involves guilty pleasures such as waffles, chips (fries), and chocolate that they are famously known for around the world.
The best restaurants to indulge at include places like Le Rabassier, Tonton Garby, Green Mango, Le Wine Bar des Marolles, Comme Chez Soi, and Rock Salt Chilli Peppers.
Brussels has an array of marvellous cafés on offer as well. The Belgian beer, frites (or fries) and chocolate-dipped waffles are simply sublime. Belgian chocolates also make great consumable souvenirs, if the Manneken Pis novelties don’t float your boat.
The Belgian Constitution have guaranteed all citizens religious freedom and they are free to practice any religion of their choosing. Today, and throughout history, the most prominent religion in Brussels is Roman Catholic. Islam is has the second biggest following with the majority of the Belgian Muslims belonging to the Sunni denomination, and the rest Shia.
Appearance is very important to Belgians. Cleanliness are considered to be a matter of national pride.
Brussels is one of the safest cities in the world, it is filled with so many friendly and welcoming locals that are always willing to help you, especially if you are new to the city. That being said petty crime is always likely to occur during peak seasons, so always be vigilant when you out in busy areas.
South Africans need a Visa in order to enter Belgium.
You can contact the embassy of Belgium (Telephone:+27 21 419 4690) for more information, in addition to Visa applications.
The South African embassy in Brussels.
Address: Rue Montoyerstraat,17-19
Phone:(+32) 2 285 44 00
Fax:(+32) 2 514 78 03
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90.00||R 100.00||R 257.64|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22.00||R 20.00||R 55.82|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19.00||R 20.00||R 48.26|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10.00||R 12.00||R 34.35|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35.00||R 35.00||R 99.57|
Food and beverages: There are many restaurants that are located within the airport they include places like Quick, Rouge, Sports bar, Starbucks, AMO, Beers & Cheers, Belgorama, Black Pearls, Blend in Brussels, Grabandfly, Helixir Smoothies Bar, Leffe Bar, and Panos.
Exchange currency: The Travelex offices are located within the airport in order to assist you with currency exchange related issues.
Lost luggage: If you lost any item of luggage you should contact the European Baggage Call Centre (Telephone: 008 002456 7890)
Airport hotel: The hotels that are located near the airport include Aspria Brussels Royal La Rasante, Hotel Rastelli Tervuren, Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel, Hotel Novotel Brussels Airport, Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport, Thon Hotel Brussels Airport, and Hotel NH Brussels Airport.
Car hire: The main car hire dealerships at the airport include Europcar, Sixt, Thrifty car, Youdriver services.
Airport hub: Is a hub for Abelag Aviation, Brussels Airlines, Jetairfly, Saudia, Singapore Airlines Cargo, and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium.
Brussels has all the history, culture, and charm of Western Europe’s top destinations, but has managed to escape some of the hordes of tourists that descend on the better-known European cities in season. With its fascinating history, spectacular architecture, fabulous dining and lively nightlife, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on to this lesser-known European gem.
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The information on this page is correct as of March 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.co.za takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.