Experience elegance and comfort next to the European District. The European quarter lies to the east of the city centre, where you’ll find the abode of the European Parliament. Explore the area by using the hotel’s bicycle rental facility, or make the most of your romantic holiday by unwinding using the hotel’s sauna, gym and spa – you can even treat yourself to a massage! Inside your room you’ll find cable television, mini-bar, safe, telephone and complimentary toiletries.
To get the most out of the European district, try to visit the power house of the European Union. The European commission can be visited if you book online first, and is a free and an interesting use of 1-2 hours in the city. If you want to visit at the last minute, the European parliament doesn’t require booking. Even if you just visit for an afternoon, you’ll see a number of familiar faces, TV crews and black cars in amidst the modern architecture. In the eastern most part of the European quarter, lies the Parc de Cinquantenaire – this is the backdrop to the Art and History Museum, Autoworld and the Military Museum as well as the arch built in 1880 commemorating 50 years of Belgian independence.
Mini-Europe is a good option for families visiting with children, containing models of Vesuvius, Big Ben and Venice as well as the modern statue of the Atonium. Brussels’ large selection of museums includes some more unusual examples like Autoworld, displaying a history of motoring, and the comic strip museum, including archives from cartoon hits such as Tintin and the Smurfs. For a real family treat, visit the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate, something everyone is sure to enjoy! This might also entreat you to indulge in some of Belgium’s famous chocolate shops which can be found dotted about the city. The Royal Theatre Toone will provide an early evening thrill as eight generations of spooky marionettes are paraded in front of you, there’s also a selection of nice Belgian beers!
There’s nothing more romantic than a stroll around the streets of Brussels at night, take a look at the Town Hall in the Grand Place: a beautiful example of gothic architecture which lights up at night to make the square enchantingly modern. A useful Brussels phenomenon is the night restaurant, which serves food and coffee throughout the night. Keeping you awake for Brussels extensive nightlife, there’s a number of techno clubs or why not try a live music venue for a more intimate touch like the Music Village Jazz House.