Brussels is not just the capital of Belgium but also at the centre of the European Union. Important European Institutions such as the Commission, the European Council and the Parliamentary Committee are represented here and so all the commissioners come here. All 27 member states send their representatives and make Brussels into the “European City” of the continent. Lively, modern, forward thinking are the buzz words of this fantastic city. Chips and Tin-Tin are popular and will be one of the first items you buy! After that, discover what else this fantastic city has to offer.
Brussels was founded in the high middle ages during the Holy Roman Empire. The Habsburger quickly took reign over the country, after the 30 years war the Belgium’s had to declare independence just like the Dutch. Three centuries later the Belgium’s were making good progress after an intermediate hitch with the Napoleonic War, Belgium became independent and Brussels continued to grow. In 1932, Brussels used two languages- street names, districts and the names on public transport station signs were printed in Flemish and Walloonian.
The Grand Place in Brussels is really worth seeing with its Gothic Cathedral that has a completely Baroque Façade and the Maison de Roi/Broodhuis, the Royal House belongs to one of the most beautiful squares in Europe and has been declared by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The Royal House houses the city museum in which you will find the original statues of the Town Hall of which approximately 1400 are shown and the costume of the Manneken Pis which has been preserved. The urinating nave is a symbol of Brussels and is especially decorated at festivals. The Manneken Pis can be found very near to the cathedral. The cathedral St. Michel et Gudule was constructed in the 10th century and is impressive with its wonderful gothic outer facades. The light is really fascinating inside as it reflects off the Renaissance stained glass windows from the 16th century.
In the columns of the main aisle you will see amazing life-sized figures of the apostles. For those of you that wish to see other symbols of Brussels only have to travel a short while north in your car hire to the district of Laken. The over 100m tall Atomium is a giant molecule and is made from iron and crystal and 165 billion times larger and should point out the peaceful use of nuclear energy. An elevator takes visitors to the highest dome of the Atomium and from above you will have a pretty view over Brussels and the surrounding area. The castle of Laken is also within sight, the Baroque castle of the Belgium royal family that you unfortunately cannot visit. No problem! Back in the city centre you can devote yourself to the culture of the country and those of you that want something fit for a King should simply just go to the Royal Museum. There you will find out about the current Brussels art scene that has been brought to the fore by the famous Surrealist Rene Margritte. The Comic Museum is also very interesting that represents many of the comic artists in the country. The population of Brussels is very proud of its world famous comic figures.
So, you can definitely enjoy a pleasant tour of the town or perhaps a nice trip in to the surrounding area of Brussels in your car hire, then finish off along with many other Europeans with a night in the numerous bars and clubs the city has to offer.
CarDelMar wishes you a pleasant stay with car hire in Brussels