The capital of the European Union, the historic Belgian city of Brussels is home to so much more than the big hitters of EU politics...
There are plenty of reasons to pack your weekend bag with your best sightseeing outfits and fly, sail or hop on a train to Brussels. Within easy reach of much of the UK, the capital of Belgium is the perfect destination for a short break.
The things that delight tourists about Belgium - chocolate, beer, streets swathed in history - are all here, plus there's a lively evening scene. Add all of this to buzzing markets, enticing cafes, sprawling parks, welcoming hotels and a bevy of beautiful sights, and you've got the ideal place to explore and enjoy.
Find out more about this enchanting city with our guide to hotels in Brussels, the best attractions and some of the city's annual events, and then search for your ideal hotel using our innovative price-comparison tool. We'll find the best prices on hotels in Brussels to save you the time and effort of doing so.
Find out where to find the best hotels in Brussels and when to book to take advantage of cheap rates...
Hotels in Brussels tend towards being palatial, and provision is biased towards expensive luxury and business hotels. As a result, at weekends, prices tend to drop quite significantly, and a weekend break allows you to experience the opulence of Brussels hotels without the price tag.
Most hotels here are surprisingly child friendly and offer babysitting and other family services. Breakfast is generally included in hotel prices, but is usually only a continental rather than a full breakfast. Overall, Brussels hotels are among the best in the world.
Cheap hotels in Brussels can be found using our price comparison facility, but bear in mind that this is an elite city and that “cheap” is relative here. Booking well in advance is always advisable as prices do fluctuate, sometimes dramatically, and also because Brussels plays host to many international conferences, at which times hotels will quickly become fully booked.
Brussels is a place that you can happily get lost in as you explore its many attractions...
Top five attractions
It's difficult to imagine that a small statue of a boy urinating could be one of the most iconic landmarks of a nation. It is though, and this charming little fellow has been weeing at the junction of Rue de l'Etuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chene/Eikstraat since 1619.
Surrounded by restaurants, cafes and guildhalls, this huge square is the focal point of life in Brussels.
Take a brewery tour and learn all about the ingredients, processes and fascinating heritage that make Belgian beers the envy of the world.
The royal palace, official home of the King of Belgium, is open to the public during summer and is as fascinating an example of neo-classical architecture as you'll encounter anywhere in Europe.
Museum of Musical Instruments (MIM)
Visitors of any age will enjoy this wonderful museum that houses almost 7,000 instruments. It's worth it just for the panoramic views of Brussels from the top-floor restaurant.
Brussels is a busy place where something is always happening. Check out these top annual events...
Ommegang Festival; July: Belgians are rightly proud of this annual spectacle which takes over Grand-Place and showcases a mighty commemoration of Belgian history. Horses, costumes and pageantry abound.
Tapis de Fleurs; August: The Tapis de Fleurs, or “carpet of flowers”, forms one of the most remarkable sights in Belgium as some 20,000 flowers are used to create a giant picture in the middle of Grand-Place.
Christmas Markets; November-December: Grand-Place and the surrounding streets and plazas are given the winter wonderland treatment as the magic of Christmas engulfs Brussels throughout the festive season. An enormous Christmas tree dominates the square; it's surrounded by stalls selling all manner of seasonal gifts, food and drink.