Sandwiched between Germany and France, Belgium is known for its culture and diversity. Brussels, the nation’s capital, has since become an undeniable force in the international artist community. Known for its grey exterior, Brussel features hidden idyllic green spots and delights in abundance. The world’s most beautiful square is found right here in this city. You should also keep in mind that Belgians have a highly developed nose for delicious food and the standard or rather quality of cooking in the restaurants here is higher than you may think. Not convinced yet? Here’s why you should be preparing for your Belgian vacation this year.
Brussels is an Upcoming Force in the International Art Scene
Why would the highly esteemed Independent art fair, usually hosted in New York, select Brussels for its first edition abroad? Yes, that’s what happened in 2016 when the Independent art fair was looking to plant its European roots. Furthermore, the Belgian capital has long served as a pied-à-terre for international artists. In fact, Brussels is one of the European cities that enjoy authentic artist haunts. Be sure to explore spaces like the new MIMA and the art laboratory Wiels.
Brussels boasts of a dense nest of prestigious museums where locals and visitors alike can explore surreal treasures and exhibits. Many keep underestimating the Belgian Capital in its cultural offerings. The interesting thing about the museums here is that the queue out the museum doors is nearly non-existent. The Magritte Museum and Royal Museums of Fine Arts are a must visit.
Lovely Landscaped Parks
Designed to function as a natural bridge between the lower and upper parts of the Belgian capital, René Pechère’s Mont des Art garden should be the first beautiful green spot you experience. Others include the former National Botanical Gardens; Le Botanique and the Parc Tournay-Solvay. You should probably make it your mission to find the city’s beautifully landscaped parks and gardens. You’ll be rewarding yourself with relaxing, uplifting, and soothing afternoons.
You may not know it, but this tiny country has some of the best restaurants in the world. You’ll also find some of the best comfort food in Europe here. While the style of cuisine in Brussels is essentially French, some travelers have opined that the standard of cooking is higher. Some of the most delectable Belgian dishes to try when in Brussels include the Belgian Fries, Moules-Frites, Grey Shrimp Croquettes, Speculaas, Eel in Green Sauce, Belgian fish soup, Tomates aux Crevettes Grises, and Belgian Waffles.
Explore all of Europe’s Attractions in one Theme Park
A visit to most destinations and cities is often characterized by moving around trying to see and explore all the attractions. However, when it comes to the Belgian Capital, there’s no more running up and down like a maniac in an effort to see everything. A trip to the Atomium will get you to see reproductions of 80 cities and 350 buildings, including the Acropolis, the Berlin Wall, the Doge’s Palace, and the Eiffel Tower.
If you’re looking to explore Brussels in a day, consider starting early with a saunter through the city’s historic core, the “Îlot Sacré” or “Holy Island.” The Sablon neighborhood is a good place to grab a late lunch before you explore the lively Dansaert District and unwind with a spot of jazz.