Also known as Brussels International Airport or Zaventem Airport, Brussels Airport is the primary airport of Brussels, the capital of Belgium, and run by the Brussels Airport Company N.V./S.A. Located 11 kilometres northeast of the city, it is considered the 23rd busiest airport in Europe.
What to see & do
Brussels got the nickname “the European Village” because it is a centre of European culture, with numerous museums, parks, and other attractions that feature the history and architecture style of the city and Belgium. It is ideal to buy a Brussels Card or Museum Pass online or at a tourist office. This gives visitors discount vouchers, free entrance to many attractions, as well as unlimited access to the public transport system.
Any Brussels trip will not be complete without going to the Grand Place. This 15th-century town square is surrounded by the city tower and buildings that give tourists a sense of Brussels history. This is normally the starting point for tourists.
Within walking distance from the Grand Place is the Peeing Boy or Mannekin Pis. It is a small bronze statue of a child urinating in the pool, said to symbolise the irreverent spirits of Brussels. Many festivities are held in this landmark.
At Heysel, north of the city centre, lies the Atomium, a replica of an iron crystal which was created in 1958 for the Brussels’ World Fair and the only structure left standing after the event. It has nine gigantic spheres – the top sphere has a restaurant and offers a panoramic view of the city. The other spheres are reserved for events.
By taking a walk from Marolles or a tram from the city centre to Place Louise, visitors can see Palais de Justice, a 20,000-square-metre building that serves as the supreme court of law in the country. Looking down on the city, this grand structure offers one of the best cityscape views.
Another must-see attraction in Brussels is the Mini Europe. As the name implies, this theme park features the most popular monuments and sites of Europe. The miniatures are about 25 times smaller than the actual size. Mini versions of the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Mount Vesuvius, and the Grand Place can be found at the park. It is located next to the Atomium.
How to get around within Brussels
Visitors can get around Brussels by train. It has three main stations: Brussels South, Central, and North. There are also minor train stations at various areas such as Bockstael, Brussels-Chapel, Brussels-Congres, Brussels-Luxembourg, Brussels-Schuman, Brussels-West, Haren, Haren-South, and Simonis.
Brussels also has an extensive bus, tram, and metro network, making use of an interticketing system that enables visitors to use both the train and bus within the city.
Most main attractions are within walking distance from each other so taking a walk to get around the city is a great option.
How to get there
Most tourists coming from long-haul international flights outside of Europe land at Brussels Airport. It is a hub for Abelag Aviation, Brussels Airlines, Jetairfly, and Thomas Cook Airlines, along with several other airlines operating here. Some of the busiest routes to and from Brussels Airport include Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, London, Lisbon, New York, Tel Aviv, Washington, Abu Dhabi, and Montreal.
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