We found saved trips to
Multiple Trips

We found multiple saved trips to with this Point of Interest.

Edit Your Trip

Almost there! Start planning your trip by adding items to your itinerary:

  • Plan with Map Explorer
    Use Map Explorer to plan the places you'll visit on your trip.
    Map Explorer
  • Your Itinerary
    Check out your itinerary and add your own ideas to your trip.
    Trip Itinerary
  • Discover
    Read about , and explore places, attractions and more.
    Destination

Brussels, Belgium

Create My Trip

Get Inspired

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

This place has been added to 0 trip(s)

Rue des Bouchers

Rue des Bouchers

This place has been added to 0 trip(s)

Grand Place

Grand Place

This place has been added to 0 trip(s)

Brussels started life as a village toward the end of the 10th century. It was ruled over by various kings of Flanders through the ages, most notably Charles V, Archduke of the Habsburgs and Holy Roman Emperor. The city grew gradually around its increasingly magnificent Grand'Place, but it really began to flourish following Belgian independence in 830. By the end of the 19th century it had established itself as one of the busiest cities in Europe.In 1958 it was chosen for its central location and political neutrality to be the European Economic Community's new headquarters, an honor that was a precursor to it becoming the location for many of the European Union's offices. As a by-product of Europe's integration, many international businesses have invaded the city, all wanting to be close to the hub of power. The result is a clash of old and new: swaths of steel-and-glass office buildings set only a few steps from cobblestoned streets.But this contradiction has always been part of the city's strength—and charm. Here, it seems, architectural harmony has never been a major influence on building design. A step-gabled medieval town house may sit right beside something made of brick from the 1950s, and the only thing separating that from an anonymous concrete structure might be a swirling Art Nouveau creation designed by Victor Horta. This architectural randomness is so synonymous with the city that it's even been termed "Brusselization" by some.In terms of its people, diversity is now one of the capital's most notable qualities; one-third of the city's million-strong population are non-Belgians, and you're just as likely to hear Arabic or Swedish spoken on the streets as French or Flemish.With such a mishmash of ideas and images, Brussels can seem a little slapdash at first glance. And while the city might not appeal to everyone at first, it's definitely a place that's worth getting to know better. And to know the city is to love it.

Read more

Read less

Things You Can't Miss

place
Bottoms Up in a Beer Hall
Bottoms Up in a Beer Hall

Choose from 400 varieties of local brew at the Delirium Café, just off the Grand Place, the city’s 15th-century town square.

This place has been added to 0 trip(s)

Read More

Image Credit

Arterra Picture Library/Alamy

place
Indulge Your Inner Chocoholic
Indulge Your Inner Chocoholic

This is a city with a chocolate store on every corner. Ask about tours and classes at Chocolatier Mary, founded in 1919.

This place has been added to 0 trip(s)

Read More

Image Credit

Alamy

place
Spend a Day in Ghent and Bruges
Spend a Day in Ghent and Bruges

Small, perfectly Flemish cities are a short drive from Brussels. Tour their charming cobbled streets and market squares in a day or two.

This place has been added to 0 trip(s)

Read More

Image Credit

Robert Harding World Imagery/Alamy

article
Most Ridiculous Airport and Flight Charges

Remember when buying a plane ticket didn't include a bunch of extra airline fees? Follow our tips on avoiding the most ridiculous charges.

place
Meet Manneken Pis
Meet Manneken Pis

Legend surrounds the 17th-century fountain — a naked boy urinating into a basin. City workers dress him in special outfits for important events.

This place has been added to 0 trip(s)

Read More

Image Credit

Odeta Catana/Demotix/Corbis

article
10 Ways to Get Kicked Off a Flight

Air travel rules vary by airline, but follow these common standards to avoid being prohibited from flying.

place
Bike the Parc du Cinquantenaire
Bike the Parc du Cinquantenaire

Stroll, or hop on a yellow city bike and tool around the 74-acre park. You’ll find several museums, including one displaying vintage cars.

This place has been added to 0 trip(s)

Read More

Image Credit

Getty Images

article
Common Mistakes When Packing for a Trip

When packing for your trip, don't overpack. Light travel is much more enjoyable. These travel tips help eliminate items you don't need to keep your luggage in check.

benefit
AARP Member Discount
Discounts on Flights and Vacations

Savings on British Airways and More

AARP Travel Center

Book online or call: 1.800.675.4318

Can't Decide?

Can't Decide?

Discover the perfect destination for your road trip with our help.

Try The Trip Finder
Just Browsing?

Just Browsing?

Find out how much you could save with AARP on your next trip.

See All AARP Member Discounts

Shared Trips to this Destination

Trips Places Of Interest