Brussels Belgium flourished from the 15th century as Princely Capital of the Low Countries, an integral and important part of the mighty Holy Roman Empire. After various alarms, including the destruction of much of the city by the French in 1695, the revolution that brought Belgian independence took place in Brussels in 1830. There is a strong sense of historical tradition, thought the city was largely redeveloped at the end of the 19th century with few original buildings surviving. The shining exception at the city’s heart is a magnificent cobbled market square, the Grand Place, which features some wonderful old guild house and the extraordinary Gothic city hall, all spectacularly lit at night.
Other worthwhile historic buildings include two Royal Palaces (of Laeken and Brussels), the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Classically-fronted Stock Exchange. And of course no traveler can ever leave Brussels without seeing the world’s most famous bronze statue – that slightly naughty and permanently tinkling Manneken Pis. Another well-know icon is the recently renovated Atomium, representing an iron crystal, dating from the World Expo of 1958.
With over a hundred museums, the strength of Brussels Belgium is cultural rather then architectural, though visitor interested in neither will not be disappointed. Shoppers can visit the elegant Galeries Saint Hubert, a superb early Victorian shopping arcade, dedicated drinkers can sample hundreds of different beers and anyone who likes chocolate will soon be dieting. Brussels Belgium is officially bi-lingual, reflecting Belgium’s complicated indigenous ethnic make-up, but French is preferred language with Dutch a poor second.
With few outdoor attractions, Brussels in an all-year-round destination, though winter weather can be raw.
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