Brussels
Belgium
By Bianca Anjuli

The capital city of Brussels, is the international center of Belgium and de-facto capital of the European Union. Originally territory of the Germanic Saint Empire and the King of France, Brussels was established in 979. There are three distinct periods in the history of these lands that speak to the evolution of the city. Between the 11th and first half of the 12th century the face of Brussels began to take shape through urban planning and development. By the 13th and 14th centuries, local industries were strong and the population and demand for workers increased as well as continued expansion and growth throughout the city. During the 17th and 18th centuries, a good portion of Brussels was destroyed during the troubled times between King Louis XIV of France and Spain. Then in 1731, the Coudenberg Palace was left in ruins after a great fire. This loss, was the beginning of a new age for Brussels and the start of a district surrounding the palace and also allowed for a new royal palace to be built and the original facade to be updated. Today, Brussels is a mix of old meets new, national meets international, is a constant reminder for how far it has come, and how far Europe as a whole has come. When you're ready to visit Brussels and Belgium, use WhatsCheaper.com to help you to plan your trip and more.

When going to Brussels, there are many options as to how to get there depending on where you're coming from. When you fly in to Brussels, Brussels International Airport (BRU) is your best bet. Although there are alternative airports, at 14km distance from the city, you will have the least complications flying in here. Another option is the Airport of Charleroi, also known as Brussels South (CRL). Once you touch down in the city, moving around could not be easier. Besides the obvious option of walking the city, especially with one being able to walk entire districts in short time, the train, street car, metro and bus are options as well. There are several train stations to choose from for travel in to the city. The metro, bus and street car options are reliable ones, run by STIB. For the visitors with a little more adventurous spirit, bike rentals are available too. WhatsCheaper.com can help you book your flights and hotels for Brussels today! To get started, click on the following link for flights (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php), and this link for hotels (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

With 290 monuments, 60 fountains, and 17 parks and gardens, it is needless to say that just strolling through Brussels will have each one of your six senses completely tantalized. More than that, the various museums and the older architecture speak to a history and present that makes this city it's own unique jewel. When exploring, there are a list a places WhatsCheaper.com suggests you see and try whilst on your travels. Museums are in abundance with options such as the Magritte Museum, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the Natural Sciences Museum, the Belvue Museum, the Cinquantenaire Museum, the Royal Army and Military Museum, the Belgian Comic Strip Center, the Far East Museum, the Musical Instruments Museum, the Lace and Costume Museum, the Schaerbeek Museum of Beer and more. The Streetlight Museum too is interesting, illustrating the fact that Brussels was the first city in Europe to light it's streets with gas lamps (c.1825) which were changed to electricity by 1904. When in Brussels one must see the Manneken Pis, the archaeological site Bruxella 1238, the Coudenberg - the old Great Palace, the Nedermarckt -the new Royal Palace and World Heritage Site the Maison du Roi, the Cathedral Saints Michel and Gudule, Halle Gate, La Monnaie Opera House, City Hall and the Bourse Stock Exchange.

With so many interesting sights and activities, Brussels truly has something for everyone. A nod to modernity in Brussels includes Atomium, MiniEurope, Euro Parliament,   the Parlamentarium, and Oceade. For the international shopper, try Galeries Saint-Hubert and Rue Antoine Dansaert. Antiques can be found at Place du Grand Sablon. For entertainment there are a plethora of locales ready to offer national and international foods, live music and some offer a taste of Gueuze, Kriek, or Faro, part of the Belgian brewing tradition. Belle epoque taverns to pass by include the Falstaff and the Cirio. Belgium is well known world-wide for its waffles, not-to-mention chocolate, so household names such as Neuhaus, Corne Port-Royal, Galler, Pierre Marcolini, Vandenhende and Wittamer must not go amiss. The cuisine in Brussels too is of high caliber with restaurants of Michelin rating and international flavors all over the city. There are many options for locals and visitors.

Another great feature of this beautifully old yet modern capital is the wifi system throughout various zones and districts in the city. It helps facilitate life for locals and moving around for travelers. With its proximity to France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, Belgium is a good stopping point in the region. Seeing these other countries or cities across borders can be a day to two-day trip for visitors maximizing on the general area and the amount of   possibilities available. It is easy to move from country to country and city to city whether by train or plane or bus. Lodging options are endless too. So when you finally decide to travel to Belgium and Brussels, keep in mind all that can be achieved, seen and done. WhatsCheaper.com offers assistance for travel to Brussels and many great cities around the world. Click the above link to get started today!

MUST SEE IN Brussels LIST:

  • 1. Atomium
  • 2. Royal Museums of Fine Arts
  • 3. BELvue Museum
  • 4. Autoworld
  • 5. Royal Palace
  • 6. Porte de Hal
  • 7. Library of the National Bank of Belgium
  • 8. Museum of Modern Art
  • 9. Justice Palace
  • 10. Moof Museum

Brussels EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Antiques Fair - January
  • 2. Fiesta Latina - February/March
  • 3. Art Brussels - April
  • 4. Memorial Van Damme - July
  • 5. Brussels Marathon - July
  • 6. National Day Festival - July
  • 7. Brussels Summer Festival - August
  • 8. Book Fair - September
  • 9. Eureka - November
  • 10. Christmas Market - December

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Four Points by Sheraton Brussels
Rue Paul Spaak 15, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
By Leanne Longwill

The Four Points by Sheraton Brussels is a beautiful hotel in the heart of Belgium's capital. It's perfectly located less than 10 miles from the Brussels Airport (BRU) and a couple miles south of the Brussels-Central railway station. The hotel is in the popular Bailli-Chatelain area of the city and is just steps away from Avenue Louise, the city's vibrant shopping and nightlife area. Also, this hotel is near stops for local bus, tram, and sightseeing tours. Check-in is at an early 2 pm.

This lovely hotel offers you a choice of three room styles, all of which include in-room entertainment, high-speed Internet access, desks, and sleek natural blond wood furniture. The Classic Room offers beds in king, queen, or twin sizes. The Extra Comfy Room is oversized and you can select your bed size here as well. The extra-comfy amenities include a Cuddle Bathrobe, slippers, and bottled water. You can choose a room with a city view of Brussels or of the Sheraton's own peaceful garden. The third style, or Specialty Guest Rooms, can be connected to form a suite for families or to a room designed for guests with special physical needs. If you have an extended stay in Brussels, you can request a room with a kitchenette.

For a workout after a good night's rest, this hotel has a great fitness center on the sixth floor. There's also a business center in the lobby where you have free printing and photocopying services. You have Internet access there too for your own laptop or you can use their free computer terminal. The Sheraton provides room service for dining or you can visit their La Four'chette Restaurant that offers seasonal and regional specialties year-round. If you're looking for a quick drink and a snack, there's always the Lobby Lounge that is a great place to relax from 5-11 p.m. This hotel also has its own Four Points Best Brews Program (SM) that offers an extensive selection of local, regional, and imported beers in bottles or on tap.   

Brussels is one of Europe's most exciting cities for arts and culture, nightlife, and amazing shopping. Your stay at the Four Points by Sheraton will provide you with a comfortable nest in the middle of it all. So book your stay today through WhatsCheaper.com (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Novotel Brussels off Grand'Place
120, rue du March Aux Herbes 1000 Brussels, Belgium
By Monicaaz

The Hotel Novotel off Grand Palace is located less than 6 miles from the Brussels International Airport and is situated in picturesque downtown and within walking distance of the historical Grand Palace.   Other local attractions include the close proximity to the Gare Centrale Station (also known as the Brussels Centrale) which is located directly next door and where inner-city travelers can create their own itineraries to travel to other points of Brussels including the Grand Palace, various shops, theme parks, aquarium and zoo and connections to the Brussels Midi train Station, etc.   Travelers are offered hotel parking at a reasonable fee if they chose to drive in.   There are no direct shuttles from the airport or train station to the hotel at this time.   Check in time is from 12-6 and if a guests' room is not readily available, luggage check-in is available at no charge.

At the Hotel Novotel, each of the 138 rooms are equipped with high speed internet and ADSL hard wire connection, air conditioning and mini-bars.   The more exclusive Executive rooms and Suites also come with Nespresso Coffee machines, complimentary robes and slippers and sound docking systems in addition to the other wonderful features.   They are all built with ergonomically sensitive for the comfort of all guests as well.

The hotel has great features for both the business traveler as well as the leisure/family traveler including dry cleaning, shoe shines and room service.   For the business guest, there are 2 boardrooms and a few smaller business rooms as well, which offer internet, fax and copy machine access as well as the opportunity to hire secretarial services for the day.   Catering for meetings is also offered at time of booking.   For the leisure and family traveling, Novotel offers great ways to unwind, including clubhouse activities for children under 16 with video games and board games, libraries, fitness center, outdoor playground and swimming pool.   For all travelers, Novotel offers the FoodSquare, a place with casual breakfast, lunch and dinner and a lounge for cocktails (children under 16 receive a complimentary breakfast as well.)

Check out time for all travelers is noon time, though families do have the privilege of being allowed a late check-out time of 5 pm on Sundays if they chose to stay through the weekend.   With its great central location to some amazing and historical sites, great rooms and amenities, the Hotel Novotel off Grande Palace in downtown Brussels is wonderful choice for business, leisure and family travel.   Go to this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to book your room today!

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Pentahotel Brussels City Centre
Chausse de Charleroi 38 1060, Brussels, Belgium
By Jennie O'Connor

Situated less than 10 minutes from a rail station with direct connections to Brussels Airport, what could be more convenient than Pentahotel Brussels City Centre (formally called Hotel Mercure Brussels Center Louise)? Culture buffs will enjoy the hotel's close proximity to the Royal Palace and the Museum of Fine Art, and fashionistas will think they've died and gone to heaven to learn that the world famous shopping of Avenue Louise is just steps away. With 24-hour reception, you'll enjoy flexible check-in times and personalized attention around the clock. Easy access to public transportation might convince you to skip the rental car, but the nearby paid parking facilities are convenient nonetheless.

The Hotel Pentahotel Brussels City Centre boasts 201 guestrooms"”96 of which are connecting"”providing greater peace of mind for families traveling with kids. Double, queen and king-sized beds are available; each room features a 26-inch flat screen equipped with satellite stations, as well as a laptop safe and fridge. Coffee and tea service is complimentary, with high-speed Internet access available for an additional fee. Guests can upgrade to a room with enhanced amenities and a mini bar.

A pristine gym gives you access to all the latest fitness equipment, and the self-service business center with wireless accessibility lets you stay on top of your important deadlines as if you'd never left home. Unlike home however, at the Pentahotel Brussels City Centre a delightful staff is always available to attend to ironing, dry cleaning, luggage handling, or even to watch the kids (additional fees apply). Add to that the convenience of a dinner restaurant serving International cuisine, a stylish bar featuring local beer and light fare throughout the day, and room service until 10:30 pm, and you may never want to leave.

Let Pentahotel Brussels City Centre be your home away from home during your next visit to Belgium's great capital. WhatsCheaper.com makes booking your reservation easy; simply click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started.

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Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel
Place Jean Rey, Brussels, Belgium
By Kristen A. Grose

Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel is an easy choice when visiting the capital of Belgium.   The hotel's location is superb, being centrally situated and only 15 minutes away from Brussels International Airport (BRU).   WhatsCheaper reckons you'll be over the moon when you see how easy it is to access all of Brussels top sites from Aloft.   
  
To begin your adventure, you merely walk next door to The Espace Leopold, a complex of buildings that houses the European Parliament.   You may wish to visit other key European Union institutions located close by too, since Brussels is the de facto capital of the EU.   If you prefer, take a 30 minute walk over to Avenue Louise, where you can window shop the luxury boutiques or go up the Generali Tower.   From Aloft Brussels Schuman Hotel you can also stroll to the famous Manneken Pis landmark, as well as the Grand Palace.   Brussels is a very walkable city, but for your convenience the hotel is located just 5 minutes from Schuman metro station, offering another option for accessing farther away destinations, or simply rainy day excursions.

When booking with Aloft you can choose a Aloft Room or a Breezy Aloft.   All accommodations are 'loft' inspired, with high ceilings and grand windows to optimize the natural lighting.   The Breezy Aloft Rooms are essentially suites, offering separate living and sleeping areas, and therefore being the primary difference between the two types.   Otherwise, both come with great amenities including: flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and Plug & play connectivity stations. Whether you are traveling to Brussels to work or play, you'll have plenty of space to stretch out.
  
Aloft Brussels Schuman hotel offers the latest in technology and modern conveniences.   Some of the "Neat Stuff" includes: the re:mix social lounge, the re:charge fitness gym, touch & go check-in kiosks, and in touch terminals.   Aloft isn't just a place to sleep - it is a truly innovative travel experience. WhatsCheaper is confident that you will not be disappointed with this cutting edge accommodation property!   Click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to book your stay at Aloft Brussels Schuman.

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Hilton Grand Palace Hotel Brussels
Carrefour de l'Europe 3, Brussels, Belgium
By Chrystyne Jackson

Guests of Hilton Grand Palace Hotel (formally called the Le Meridien hotel) Brussels will appreciate the easy access with their express check in and check out service. The hotel is easily reached from the International Airport and the TGV/Eurostar terminal. When visiting Brussels, this is undoubtedly the place to stay.

Hilton Grand Palace Hotel Brussels features 224 elegant guest rooms and suites. Rooms are spacious and contemporary. All rooms have flat screen televisions and cable service. High speed internet is available. You can keep up on the latest news with a complimentary daily paper.

You will find many amenities at Hilton Grand Palace Hotel. You can work out in the fitness center, which features state of the art equipment. Later, you can unwind with a massage treatment. For your gift needs, there is a gift shop and florist on site. Jermyn's Street Bar offers a fine selection of snacks and cocktails. Restaurant L'Epiceries features Mediterranean cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When venturing out in Brussels and the surrounding area, the tour desk can assist you in getting to your destination. You can enjoy a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens. History buffs will want to visit the Royal Palace of Brussels, one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Guests can see the Atomium. Built in 1958 as part of the Brussel's World Fair, this structure is 335-feet tall and represents an iron crystal cell magnified 165 billion times. If you are interested in antiques, the hotel is close to the Sablon antique quarter. Art lovers should visit the Museum of Fine and Modern Art. And if you prefer games of chance, the Brussels Casino is right there.

When visiting Brussels, make your trip complete by staying at Hilton Grand Palace Hotel. WhatsCheaper.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started today.

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Hilton Brussels City
Place Rogier 20, Brussels, Belgium
By Tekisha Slack

The Hilton Brussels City hotel is in the heart of the city. Enjoy your stay in this comfortable room with wireless internet access. The contemporary guest rooms are decorated in vibrant and fresh colors. Catch up on work at the desk or pamper yourself in the marble bathroom. Some bathrooms have a separate shower. Step up to a Deluxe Room for a city view. Check-in is at 3:00 PM and check out is at 12:00 AM.

Keep fit in the well-equipped gym or relax in the sauna and steam room at the hotel's Scandinavian Wellness and Health Club. Business is easy at the hotel. It's just 5 minutes' walk from the World Trade Center and 30 minutes' drive from the airport. The hotel boasts 5 sunlit meeting rooms, Business Centers and wireless internet access throughout.

Other hotel amenities include:
"¢       Baggage Storage
"¢       Foreign Currency Exchange
"¢       Laundry/Valet Service
"¢       Lounge
"¢       Luggage Hold
"¢       Multi-Lingual Staff
"¢       News Stand
"¢       Safety Deposit Box
"¢       Sight Seeing Tours

There's a lot to see nearby - located by the smart Rue Neuve shopping district; Brussels attractions like the historic Royal Palace are within walking distance. The bustling cafes of the Grand Place are just 10 minutes' walk away. Enjoy fresh seafood or sizzling steaks at the L'Oliva restaurant or try a cold Belgian beer in the bar.

Feel like staying in? Unwind with a glass of wine or a Belgian beer in Bien Belge Living Lounge at the Hilton Brussels City hotel. Sample traditional Belgian specialties in this chic bar and brasserie, open Monday to Friday for lunch, and every evening for dinner. Room Service is also available 24 hrs a day.

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