Brussels, with a population of 2.1 million is at the heart of Europe and the de facto capital of the European Community, as well as the headquarters of NATO. Historically the center of European conflicts and politics over the centuries, the city is officially bilingual, French is now the main language of 90% of the population, though the area surrounding it is largely Dutch speaking.
Brussels weather can be very changeable, so be prepared.
Brussels is noted for parks and green spaces as well as landmarks like the Royal Palace, Atomium and Mini-Europe. Don’t miss the Manneken Pis statue and visit the nearby Maison du Roi to see the many costumes the little boy has been clothed in over the years. The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is one of the world’s oldest shopping arcades, but is still very popular.
Dining in Brussels is a delight for locals and tourists alike. Be sure to try the Belgian waffles, exquisite chocolates, and of course Belgian- invented “French” fries.