As the busiest airport in the country, and one of the most central hubs in Europe, Brussels International Airport (BRU) is an easy and modern facility to transit through. You can find all the standard amenities here, such as foreign exchange, ATMs, a comprehensive information desk, free WiFi, mobile phone hire, a pharmacy, and luggage lockers. You will also find a good variety of restaurants, and an impressive array of shops, including duty-free.
The international airport in Brussels is only 12km from the city and has a number of links into the city, from rail services, to public buses and coaches. There are taxis available outside of the terminal, and to take one to the city centre will cost you up to 50EUR ($72), but will take less than half an hour.
Fly to Brussels with a number of international carriers, like Emirates, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Air Canada, Qantas, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, and many more.
Why visit Brussels?
The beautiful city of Brussels is somewhat of a European crossroads. The capital of a country that boasts three national languages, is the headquarters for the EU, and a major international centre, you can really feel connected to the whole world while walking the quaint cobbled streets of Brussels. Wander through the galleries of famous museums, gaze at the art and artefacts of this city’s collections, enjoy the thriving nightlife of this city, and of course, sample the legendary Belgian chocolate.
Things to do in Brussels
Spend your first day in Brussels exploring the city’s atmospheric Old Town. Start in the Grand Place (Grote Markt) where you can admire the guild houses that encircle the square, and visit some of the stunning landmarks that have made this plaza so famous. See the 15th century Town Hall, and observe the incredible tapestries that adorn the many chambers and banqueting halls of this lavish building.
From this point you are in close proximity to many of the city’s most celebrated sites, such as the Gothic Saint Michael Cathedral, the Mont des Arts, the Notre Dame du Sablon Church, the beautiful Royal Palace, and the lovely Parc du Cinquantenaire. In this last you can also dip into the Royal Art and History Museum. But if you’re really keen on touring the best of the best, head instead for Royal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Comic Strip Centre.
Of course, if you are staying in Brussels, you must spare a little time for visiting the Manneken Pis, a small bronze statue of a cheeky little boy urinating into the fountain. It is a delightful quirk of Brussels, and stands in stark contrast to the grand architecture that makes up most of this city.
Best time to visit Brussels
· There is never really a bad time to visit Brussels, as this city is always beautiful. For those that like warm weather, and don’t mind a crowd, summers (June-August) average around 22-23°C. For a quieter scene, and pretty florals, or autumn leaves, the shoulder seasons of spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) can mean having the city to yourself, with highs of 18-20°C. Then there is the winter, some attractions close down, but the rest of the city prepares for the festive holidays, and you will be able to shop in Christmas markets, and walk around the snow strewn streets.
Arriving in Brussels by plane
· You can get away with one layover if flying to Brussels, via hubs like Bangkok (BKK) or Abu Dhabi (AUH), but your journey can be subject to two.
· Euro (EUR).
· Check the Smart Traveller portal for their page on Belgium, which lists safety precautions, as well as entry and exit requirements. Currently, Australians do not need a visa to travel in Belgium for up to three months.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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