A weekend in Brussels
Get all the good vibes of Brussels immediately on your arrival in the Belgian capital. A very friendly population welcomes you warmly and wherever you go you will feel a positive atmosphere all around. Do not hesitate a second and if you did not plan your trip yet, book a last minute vacation rental in Brussels. You will simply love spending a weekend there, and enjoy a perfect city trip away from your office. Instead of a traditional hotel, choose an apartment rental in Bruxelles: from studio apartments if you are on a romantic trip, to rooms for rent or guesthouse if you are a backpacker.
Flemish painters and Art Nouveau buildings, a cultural itinerary in Brussels
Rent an apartment in Brussels for your holiday and start your visit of the town following two different itineraries on the path of Flemish Art and Art Nouveau. Visit the collection of Flemish painters in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts with the masterpieces of Hans Memling, Bosch, Van der Weyden, Rubens and Van Dyck paintings. Brussels has more than fifty Art Nouveau buildings and a fabulous Art Nouveau Museum in the house of the architect Victor Horta. Follow your itinerary visiting the Hotel Tassel by Victor Horta (1893), the Hotel Ciamberlani (1897) and the Atelier Maison Louise de Hem (1902). It did not only influence European architecture but also decorative objects, jewelry and furniture. You will never get tired of the arabesques and floral sculptures winding Brussels Art Nouveau buildings and their metallic structures for a very curvy effect and you will understand why it became so important all over Europe and gave birth to Italian Liberty, to Austrian Jugendstil and to British Modern Style. If you fancy modern fine arts and surrealism you will love the Magritte Musem and for a tribute to Gothic Architecture do not forget to visit the St. Michael and Gudule Cathedral.
Discover The Grand Place, and the European district
Symbol of freedom and independence the Grand Place is the top priority visit in Brussels. Its ancient gothic Hôtel de Ville hides alchemic secrets related to the sacred numbers twelve and seven in its arcades and all the Flemish 16th century buildings of this marvelous square are adorned by the guilds of Brussels merchants, living symbols of the financial and economic power of the town. An enchanting flower market fills the Grand Place of all colours and perfumes. Just sit at one of its pleasant cafés and enjoy a breakfast surrounded by the glory of Flemish architecture. Proud Belgian Protestants and noble men were executed in the Grand Place which since then became the symbol of freedom and independence from any foreign domination or religious slavery. Rent vacation homes in Brussels for your weekend in the narrow lanes of Grand Place area, you will love living among 16th century houses and lively beer bars. You would also have the chance to discover the European district, where the European Commission, the Council of Ministers, and the 2nd Parliament are located. Be sure that during European sessions it is almost impossible to find available hotels. However, you would easily rent apartments in Brussels, cosy flat or cheap rentals, whenever you want to spend a week-end in Belgium.
Estaminets, beer and flea markets, discover Brussels
You may think that German beers and Irish beers are the best in the world but you are very wrong. As a matter of fact best beers in the world come from Belgium. The best way to enjoy one of the six hundred Belgian beers is to sit in an Estaminet, a typical beer bar where you can taste more than two thousand qualities of beers and the very special Lambic Doux, a light and buttery Brussels beer to sip ideally with a good serving of Moules et Frites (Mussels & French fries), tasty seafood and freshly fried chips. For your holiday, book apartments in Brussels in the very lively area of Sablon flea market. Within the two squares of Grand Sablon and Petit Sablon you will find open air antique markets, fashionable cafés and restaurants; so spend a day among art dealers and tourists who arrived here from all over the world to shop antiques. If you want to see all Brussels from a vantage point visit the Atomium which was built in 1958 for the World Fair a peculiar building representing a crystal molecule magnified 165 billion times. Each one of its nine big spheres with a diameter of 18 meters can be reached by escalators and you can climb up to the highest one at 100 meters height to have all Brussels at your feet. Good beer and lovely food, nice people, thousands of art masterpieces, a marvelous historical center and a great past of tradition and trade.
Now, you know that you need to spend a week-end in Brussels to enjoy this Belgian city. Then, no doubt that you will come back.
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