5 minutes walking distance to the Grand Place – 4 star – Brussels

With major attractions and sights at your fingertips, such as the Modern Arts Museum, Law Courts and the Royal Palace, and just 5 minutes walking distance to the Grand Place, the central location of this four star Secret Hotel is a real draw. But it’s not just the excellent location that has proved popular with guests, the friendly staff and comfortable guest rooms with cable television, en-suite and mini-bar are just as much of a hit. And if you’re travelling on business, rest assured that photocopying and fax services are available onsite, as well as PC for guests use. When you’re not sightseeing or enjoying the rooms, why not take a stroll around the gardens.

The Grand Place is the main square in Brussels and is now a UNESCO world heritage site due to its historical importance and beautiful architecture and is thought of by many as the crème de la crème of European plazas. The square dates back to the 13th century, where it was a hub of trade for the citizens, so many of the buildings are of great architectural interest with particularly good examples of both the gothic and the baroque. During your stay in Brussels, be sure to pass through and grab a coffee or why not attend one of the music concerts or events that take place here in the summer months.

Not far from the Grand Place is the iconic Manneken Pis. This little bronze statue of a boy peeing into a fountain has become one of the city’s best loved tourist attractions. The sculpture dates back to the 17th century when a nobleman came to the city with his young son, only to lose him and find him weeing at this exact spot! The townspeople eternalised this hilarious moment with what is now an image synonymous with the city. Even foreign heads of state are in on the joke, traditionally bringing an outfit for the boy to wear during their visits. To see the amazing collection of 760 outfits and counting, head to the Brussels Museum.

Art lovers will enjoy the city’s homage to the famous Belgian comic strip Tintin, through the decorative wall murals depicting various characters. Take a city tour to see all 30 of them, or simply peruse them at your leisure. Another art must is the Magritte Museum, which is in the former home of the famous painter. You’ll get to see the apartment where he lived and worked as well as various photos, documents and interesting objects that tell the story of his life. Oh and of course you’ll get to see some of his original pieces up close!