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Cosmopolitan Brussels

It’s Belgium month, after stopping off in fairytale Bruges last week it’s time to jet over to the trendy capital.

Home to over one million people and the proud capital city of Belgium, Brussels is fast becoming a stylish hot spot for weekend getaways and short breaks. Whilst Belgium might be a relatively small country, it is home to two distinct multilingual regions – French-speaking Wallonia and Dutch-speaking Flanders. This gives the country and its capital a blended, multicultural, vibrant and exciting feel, whilst Brussels is at the heart of European culture earning the official nickname ‘the European Village’.

Explore the architectural mix

Brussels is a city that has something of a mish-mash of architectural styles dotted throughout. There are striking art nouveau facades and buildings, stunning 19th century mansions, medieval streets and contemporary glass towers in the EU part of the city.

It’s interesting to see how this jumbled cityscape works together to make Brussels the city it is today. All of these architectural styles combine to make an interesting cityscape where all the different styles combine and complement each other. Start your exploration from the Grand Place – arguably one of the world’s most beautiful and enchanting squares to the picturesque Royal Palace.

 

Get arty

The Magritte Museum, home of the largest collection of works by Belgian surrealist artist Renee Magritte, is a must-visit whilst in Brussels. It is a unique tribute to the larger than life artist and a fascinating place to spend a few hours. Other great museums in the city are the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, CENTRALE for Contemporary Art and WIELS, a centre for experimental contemporary art where you’ll see pieces that are entirely different.

Eat well

Brussels has a brilliant gastronomic scene that visitors will simply love. Le Chalet de la Foret, Selecto and Comme chez soi are restaurants that are often recommended by locals. If you’re looking for something a little bit different why not try out The Tram Experience? You’ll board a fully decked out tram that has been transformed into a modern gourmet restaurant and be served a three-course meal that has been put together by some of the top chefs in the city.

Pamper yourself

Brussels has some fabulous spas where you can relax, indulge and pamper yourself to the max. Serendip Spa is one of the most renowned in Brussels and is a place where they have therapists bringing unique treatments from all corners of the globe. Aspria Avenue Louise is another fantastic spa, located within the fashionable area of the Ixelles district. It has a gorgeous indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and some wonderful anti-aging facials and body treatments.

Indulge in 5-star luxury

As home to the administrative capital of the European Union, Brussels unsurprisingly is also home to several 5-star hotels. Those looking for classic luxury should take a look at Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo, Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, Stanhope Hotel, Hilton Brussels Grand Palace and Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Brussels.

Travel in comfort

 

Charter a private jet to or from Brussels with Chapman Freeborn. There are four airports and air fields all located within less than 35 miles of Brussels itself. Choose to fly into or out of Brussels Airport, Brussels South Charleroi Airport or Antwerp International Airport.

Wherever you choose to fly to or from, you can rest assured that all of your needs will be met promptly, safely and with discretion.