Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of European Brussels
A major European centre for its institutions, but also the capital of comic strips and architectural splendour, Brussels has more than one marvel to offer you during your stay. At once poetic, festive and majestic, the city guarantees you an intense change of scenery in the heart of Europe.
In search of the most elegant and atypical facades
Thanks to its many original buildings, Brussels has a number of places to visit that are out of the ordinary and will not fail to amaze you. For example, you can start with the Maison Delune, on the Avenue Franklin Roosevelt. It has a charm all the more atypical as Jacqueline Harpman made it the main setting for her novel Happiness in Crime. With its large round windows and ostentatious decoration, the Ciamberlani Hotel is a must-see. The Maison Cauchie also boasts superb frescoes.
A visit to the Saint-Hubert Galleries, the oldest covered shopping arcades in Europe, will take you back in time to the beginning of the 19th century and allow you to admire the bold facades with their sensational perspective. The architecture of the Grand-Place, with its combination of Baroque and Renaissance styles, will leave you with an equally unforgettable memory: a priority when looking for what to visit in Brussels! Don't forget to come back at night...
Comics at the heart of Brussels' identity
As a pioneer in this field, Brussels has integrated comics into the heart of its culture. To pay tribute to this, the city is home to the Belgian Comic Strip Centre (CBBD). The museum is housed in the former Waucquez shops, designed by the famous architect Victor Horta in a fully Art Nouveau style. Two arts are thus closely combined to offer you a condensed version of the Belgian identity. Tintin, Lucky Luke, Spirou, Gaston Lagaffe, The Smurfs, Boule et Bill, Thorgal, Blake and Mortimer... so many famous characters born in Belgium!
Both a museum and a library, the CBBD allows you to immerse yourself in the history of comics and to spend your afternoon in the comic book library, devouring the great classics and lesser-known nuggets. Don't look for anything else to visit in Brussels: the CBBD offers something to do for hours on end when the weather is too gloomy to stroll the streets!
Visit the European institutions
From the Rue de la Loi to the Norbert Schuman roundabout, there are many European institutions. Their facades are already fascinating, and they are open to tourists. Their importance in the political life of any European country puts them at the top of the list of places to visit in Brussels.
The Parliament, the seat of the European Economic and Social Committee, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission... so many institutions whose workings will be revealed to you during enriching guided tours. The European Quarter is a huge, modern area that began to emerge in the 1950s and now embodies Brussels' role on a European scale. With excellent public transport links, it is a small city within a city in terms of both architecture and atmosphere.
Take a detour to the iconic Manneken-Pis statue
Popular, inescapable, comical, it is on almost every postcard of the city: the Manneken-Pis! Sculpted at the beginning of the 17th century by Jérôme Duquesnoy, the statue is usually surprisingly large, actually only 55.5 cm!
When visiting Brussels, you might even have the chance to see him dressed, a tradition that was once followed by the city's guests and is still followed today depending on the circumstances. Alternatively, visit the Grand Place in Brussels, in the King's House, where the costumes are on display in the museum.
Several legends explain the unusual position of this little boy relieving his bladder. Whether he was cursed by a witch or saved the city by chance, he is now one of Brussels' greatest symbols.
Gardens and parks for nature lovers
If you love nature, you will be pleased to discover many parks and gardens in Brussels that are worth including in your programme of visits. The best-known green space is certainly the Parc du Cinquantenaire. On either side of a large triumphal arch, no less than 30 hectares of greenery await you. Its construction was decided in 1880 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Belgian independence.
In a completely different style, the Royal Estate of Laeken welcomes you in the shade of its woods, on the edge of its small lakes, along its winding paths and in the heart of its immense greenhouses. Finish your walk with a visit to the Royal Castle and leave Brussels with eyes full of stars.
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The shortest flight time for a trip from Noumea to Brussels is 26 hours and 30 minutes. This travel time may vary depending on your itinerary. Flights beyond the Aircalin network are operated by our partner airlines.
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It is 9 hours earlier in Noumea, New Caledonia than in Brussels, Belgium.
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