Historic yet so hip…the Capital of Belgium and the European Union(EU).
Brussel is the largest city of Belgium and has a population of 1.2 million. This city has been a major centre for international politics : The secretariat of the Benelux, hosting principal EU institutions and the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization( NATO) When it comes to politics this city became a home for a lot of politicians, diplomats and international organizations. Historically Brussels is a Dutch-speaking city ( Just about 70/100 km from the Netherlands) but since the Belgian independence in 1830 it made a major shift to French (French in the south). But still all the advertisements, road signs, street names are shown in both languages.
Because Belgium and Germany are our neighbor countries, we sometimes make a day out or a city trip by car or train.
Sightseeings that we visited:
This is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. This square was built as a merchants market in the 13th century. These ornate baroque and gothic guild houses on this square are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
First we thought, why is this so interesting.. it’s just a statue of a little boy peeing in a fountain haha. But it shows the irreverent Belgian humor. This statue is called “Petit Julien” and it is made by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy de Oude in the year 1619. It became a famous unique Brussels icon. And this little boy has more clothes than we all have, about 900 costumes. The wardrobe of Manneken Pis can be seen at the Brussels museum.
We’ve been to this city twice but there are some sightseeing we still have to explore like:
Tip: Try Belgian French fries( buy friet at a frietkot haha), and of course Brussels waffle. So delicious!
If you have any suggestions where to go in Brussel (or surroundings) that we didn’t put on the list let us know! Thank you 🙂 .