Brussels: The Fascinating City of Sweet Treats and Nice Things
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and a special attraction for a city trip. Mannekin Pis, Atomium and chocolate: that awaits you in the exciting bilingual city:
Brussels has to offer so much to gay tourists. We recommend you to take a short trip to this metropolis by all means. Probably the best time to travel is between May and September. Hopefully the weather will be beautiful and you may enjoy many gay events for example the CSD.
Homosexual couples are allowed to marry in a civil ceremony in Belgium since 2003. After the Netherlands, Belgium was the second country that recognizes same-sex marriage. The gay scene is concentrated around the old town. The Rue du Marché au Charbon and the Rue des Pierres are a real paradise for LGBT. There you will find many ingenious bars, pubs and clubs. Here you can enjoy a lively party and flirt with hot men.
Culture and Sights
Frankly, a quick trip to Brussels is much too short to explore all the fascinating things and places in the city. Brussels is considered the "capital of the comic book". Here Asterix and Obelix, Tintin and Lucky Luke were invented. You'll find art all over the city. Almost 60 underground stations were lovingly designed by Belgian artists. So necessarily use public transport and admire the murals, mosaics and ceramics. If you are going to use the public transport a lot, a day ticket for 6.50 EUR will be worth it. Moreover there are tourist tickets for 48 or 72 hours.
Brussels is full of stunning sights. In the middle of the old town you will find the Grande Place, an imposing place with punk full guild houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Another must-see in Brussels the famous bronze statue of "Mannekin Pis"! But please do not be disappointed: it is smaller than you thought. Further interesting sights: the Cathedral and the Basilica with its splendid viewing platform, the Royal Palace and the park, Place de la Monnaie, where the market is and the Palace of Justice, with its golden dome and the impressive inventory.
Before we get to the city's landmarks - the Atomium - definitely try the culinary delights of the city: fries, good Belgian beer, fine waffles called Gaufres and of course chocolate. Belgium is known for its dark chocolate and delicious chocolates.
To visit the Atomium definitely plan at least half a day. The 165-billion-fold enlargement of an atom was built in 1958 for the World Expo. The entrance fee is 11 EUR. Definitely enjoy the panoramic view from the top dome!
At the foot of the 100 m high building, you can find Mini-Europe. Here you can see famous buildings from all over Europe as a miniature marvel (price for a combined ticket Atomium and Mini-Europe: 18.80 EUR).
If you still want to go shopping, we recommend you the Grand Place as a real shopping street. Beside popular brands Brussels has big shopping centers e. g. the "City 2" located in the Rue Neuve. Brands, designer shops and many more in the Louise quarter - Shop till you drop and enjoy the time in Brussels!