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Belgium’s capital is a multi-layered affair, boasting a quirky, historic scene that rubs shoulders with bureaucratic narratives. On the surface, it’s business-like and modern, with blocks of communist flats, glass-fronted buildings, and simple design. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find a multicultural city bursting with rich personality, pockets of majestic art nouveau architecture, and a medieval history that could rival any other European city. The Grand Place, a picturesque square in the centre of the city, hosts uniform facades, elaborate museums, and a lively café and bar scene, whilst daily life is a flurry of bustling streets, classic culture, and a juxtaposed ambiance that is certainly unique. Get under the skin of the city in one of our apartments in Brussels, ranging from top-of-the-range city flats to quirky and affordable rentals.
To explore all of these landmarks and more, check into one of our Brussels apartments which are dotted throughout the city.
Brussels may well be a business capital but it has a humorous, playful side too. Alongside the stiff, breeze-block buildings and the seemingly never-ending rows of offices, you can find a few sights that inject a dash of fun into the city. There’s the Cat on a Bike sculpture by Alan Sechas which perches flamboyantly outside the Galeries Royales St Hubert, offering a much-needed photo opportunity for tourists.
Then there’s the city’s obsession with urinating statues, including the world-famous Manneken Pis – the icon of Brussels – among others. Keep your eyes peeled when wandering around, particularly if you stumble upon a fountain as you’ll likely see a bronze statue with a stream of water flaring out.
If peeing statues and weird cats aren’t your thing, then perhaps the city’s love of comic strip art will bring a smile to your face. Throughout Brussels there are hundreds of shops dedicated to selling strips and ephemera related to them, as well as huge murals depicting scenes from the likes of Tin-Tin hidden down winding streets.
Discover all of these unusual sights and more whilst staying in one of our Brussels apartments which span the entire city.
Brussels’ mix of industrial charm and art nouveau architecture is reflected in its accommodation, giving any different sides to a single visit. Wide boulevards are lined with grand hotels that feature ornate facades, cheap luxury apartments for rent can be found on every corner, and spacious hostels offer an affordable way to see the city. Much of Brussels accommodation can be found in historic buildings bursting with age-old stories, but there are plenty of new-age designs peppered with sophisticated style and the contemporary personality that Brussels is known for.
Brussels is extremely easy to navigate with an integrated bus, metro, and tram system that runs from early in the morning to late at night. All the major landmarks are connected up via these routes, and you can explore further afield, too, with the long distance lines. Travelling by tram is perhaps the most authentic way to see the city, chugging through the historic streets and watching the world whizz by, but each of these transport methods is a great way for getting around. During rush hour, it’s best to hop on the metro if you need to get somewhere quickly, but be mindful that all forms of transport will be busy at this time with local commuters. For ease of travel, you can pick up a transport card that you can use on the trams, buses, and metro, meaning you can change your mind at the last minute.
As well as standard forms of transport, Brussels is also unique for having its very own road solely for rollerbladers. In the summer months after 7pm the road is closed off to traffic to give way for keen rollerbladers.