Federal Belgium State is composed of three federated regions as Brussels-Capital, Wallonia and Flemish Regions. Brussels located at the center of Belgium is the capital of Belgium and Brussels-Capital Region. Made up of 19 municipalities, the city is a bilingual capital and is, at the same time, the headquarter of the French and Flemish Communities.
Brussels is 12 kilometres from Brussels Airport. Travel methods include train, several types of bus and taxi. Every airport bus departs and arrives at the bus station at Level 0. There are a number of public, private buses and the Airport Express. Taxis with a taximeter are permanently available in front of the Arrivals Hall. The fare from the airport to the city centre of Brussels is normally around € 45. Avoid getting into unlicensed vehicles posing as taxis which may overcharge you for their services. A high quality public transport infrastructure supports the basis of transportation in Brussels and ensures people can travel quickly, safely and affordably all over the city. All together public transport is made up of metro lines, train lines, buses and trams. There are 4 metro lines and 2 tram lines that service the Brussels city centre. The Brussels Metro system is of one the most convenient and fastest ways to travel to the main destinations of the city centre.
Brussels has many choices for visitors who are looking for comfort at a good price. Since Brussels is a compact city, most Brussels hotels are within a good distance from the city centre and tourist attractions. Some of the upscale hotels are : Hotel Amigo, Steigenberger Wiltcher's, The Dominican, Sofitel Brussels Europe, Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place, Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, Metropole Hotel, Novotel Brussels Grand Place, Novotel Brussels Centre, The Hotel – Brussels. If you are looking for a medium priced hotel you can check out the Brussels Welcome Hotel, NH Hotel Atlanta, Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi, Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel, Hotel Argus, Hotel Saint Nicolas, EU B&B, Hotel Residence Europa. If you prefer low priced accommodation you can stay at Hotel Motel One Brussels, Condo Gardens Brussels Aparthotel, Hotel Résidence Brussels South, Hotel Galia, Hostel Louise.
Grand Palace (Grote Markt in Dutch) is the main tourist attraction of Brussels. It is the central market square of Brussels. Remarkable guild houses, the city’s marvelous Town Hall and Breadhouse surround the market. Town Hall of Brussels surrounding Grand Place will mesmerize you via the Gothic tower of the town hall pointing skywards and the architectural relieves. While New York has the Statue of Liberty, Brussels has the Manneken Pis placed at the street on the left side of town hall. It is very often dressed. This little boy visited by a great number of tourists every year has more than 600 costumes preserved in the King's House. King's House, opposite the Town Hall, is another fantastic historic structure of Brussels. Harboring the historical City Museum, the wooden construction at the place of King's House was used by the bakers in the 13th century. Royal Park, Royal Palace, Sablon Square, Cinquantenaire Park, Heysel with the Atomiom, Royal Square and many more form the historical monuments within the borders of Brussels. There are many museums in the city that you should travel to accomplish a trip to the history. Museum of Natural Arts, Museum of Ancient Art, Army Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Comic Strip Museum and Museum of Musical Instruments are among the significant historical demonstrations of the city.
Brussels is one of the main stops for shoppers. The city teems with shopkeepers selling local goods and designer clothes of both Belgian and international brands. The shops of chocolate and comic books are too many in the city. There are 139 shopping areas in the city harboring thousands of shops. Chocolates, lace, beer and comic strips are the main bought local souvenirs. Chocolate shops around Grand Place are popular. Lace is the most bought souvenir of Brussels. Lots of shops are available to buy lace peculiar to Brussels. Most of the shopping centers are gathered on the outskirts of the city. You will be able to find two supermarkets around the Stock Exchange Market in the city center.
Assuming the role as a crossroads for the Europe Continent and being a regional, federal and European capital, Brussels is the home for innumerable cultural occurrences. Theater, dance, ballet, literature, folklore, music, concerts, cinema, international conferences are all amply the ingredients of cultural life. It is impossible to name all the cultural institutions such as theaters and cinemas so that the number of them is considerably high. There are 17 French speaking and 22 Dutch speaking cultural centers in Brussels. Golf at Royal Amicale Golf Club, jogging in Parc de Bruxelles and Parc du Cinquantenaire, swimming in public pools and ice skating at Marche aux Poissions near the Grand Place, cycling and more are the benefactions of the entertainment life in Brussels. Traditional, trendy, cabaret, music, night show discotheques, pubs, bars, cafes and beer clubs are too many in Brussels to serve to the entertainers till early morning.