Flights to Brussels
Brussels is a city of extremes – historic vs modern, upper class vs bohemian. The city’s importance and formality are boosted by the fact that it is the seat of the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European Parliament. In addition to politics, Brussels also boasts a highly-developed and valued restaurant culture and a number of museums that will keep visitors busy for days. Once you’ve had your fill of visiting exhibitions indoors, you can go for a walk in the city’s streets, where you will find many beautiful buildings and unique sights.
One of Brussels’ symbols, the Atomium, is a tribute to modern architecture and science. Constructed in 1958, the building is shaped like the cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. In addition to the permanent exhibition of the building’s history, the Atomium also serves as the venue for science, social and design exhibitions.
The Parlamentarium is the visitors’ centre of the European Parliament, where people can learn about the everyday activities of this large institution. The 360-degree screen in the hall makes you feel like you’re actually in the parliament hall and meeting the people who work there every day.
When out walking in Brussels, you should definitely pay a visit to the statue of Manneken Pis as well. The statue was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy in the 17th century and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Every year, the little boy is dressed in different costumes for holidays – 800 of them so far.
When in Brussels you should visit one of the city’s seafood restaurants. Brasserie Restaurant Scheltema is one. The restaurant has been offering delicious seafood since 1972 and many consider it one of the best of its kind in Brussels.
You should visit the La Mer du Nord/De Nordsee fish shop and fast food restaurant if you’re looking for a quick and tasty lunch. There are no tables or chairs in the restaurant – you have to eat standing up. However, the delicious food is well worth it!
Brussels International Airport is around 14 km from the city and is easily accessible by bus, train and car.
The train journey from the airport to the city centre takes around 30 minutes. An adult’s ticket costs around €2.60 when purchased from the ticket counter. First-class ticket prices start from €4.30.
Buses from the airport to the city centre depart every 30 minutes. The bus ride itself also takes around 30 minutes. A bus ticket costs €3.00 at the counter or €4.00 when purchased from the driver.
A taxi ride from the airport to the city centre takes around 25 minutes. The fare is usually around 35 euros.