Brussels is the capital of Belgium but also the institutional centre of the European Union where you will find the headquarters. Because of this unique situation, Brussels is a national and European hub with a strong cosmopolitan dimension which is shown by its very diverse population composed of numerous cultures, religions and languages. With its 80 museums and its diverse architectural influences, Brussels is a perfect destination for an enriching cultural journey as well as for culinary vacations.
Divided into Grand and Petit Sablon, this area is a must-see while visiting Brussels. Here you can taste some marvellous Belgian chocolate while visiting its monuments like the Eglise Notre-Dame du Sablon or the Ergmont Park and Palace. In the weekends the Grand Sablon is transformed into a market where you can find some extremely rare objects and books if you are lucky.
Chatelain area is a pretty, chic neighbourhood which can satisfy all your requests. Rich in Art Nouveau buildings, this area is perfect for tasting some flavourful local wines in stylish bars. While being here you cannot miss the Horta House, named after his former owner, the Belgian Art Nouveau Architect Victor Horta, regarded as a UNESCO world heritage site, and is one of the most outstanding buildings in Brussels.
The Magritte Museum, named after and dedicated to surrealist artist René Magritte, houses more than 200 of his works. He became famous for his provocative works trying to challenge and destroy the observer's preconditioned ideas of the world.
Hotel Welcome is an atypical hotel with 17 different rooms, going from the standard ones to the suite. The rooms of the hotel will set you on a unique journey as each of them are decorated according to famous exotic destinations. Located right in the city centre, a stay in at Hotel Welcome will leave you with a memorable experience.
Mas Residence is situated in a nice area of the European quarter which perfectly suits either tourists or business travellers’ requirements. Their website provides several promotions all the year long and it is a really good choice to start your exploration of Brussels!
Made in Louise
Made in Louise is a family-owned hotel which makes it a great place to stay. You will also highly appreciate the location at the heart of Brussels' historic centre. The famous Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts and the Magritte Museum are all within a few minutes walk. Each of the rooms has unique features and are nicely decorated with pastel colours.
Chez Franz, a café by day and a bar by night, is a perfect place to meet some local people because it is a popular place among them. They serve some traditional products from your Croissant for the Breakfast to your afterwork’s beer and always in a casual environment! There is also a terrace, where you can enjoy Brussels' sun while tasting some local food or wine.
Belga Queen, located at the heart of the capital, is a sophisticated underground local which serves Brasserie-style menus renewed every week with local seasonal products. This restaurant is located in a 18th century building renovated by local architect Antonio Pinto creating a contemporary refined restaurant.
Le Rebassier restaurant is a tiny, but wonderful restaurant awarded with the Luxury restaurant award. Only 18 persons per night can have the privileged to taste their sophisticated cuisine where truffles have a prominent place. The menu offers traditional as well as contemporary dishes which will undoubtedly satisfy your finest expectations.
Bruges is a charming Belgian city, easily visited either before of after your Holland Fresh Eire Adventure. Accessible by train from Amsterdam it offers a first time visitor a charming insight into Belgian culture in an extremely photogenic setting.
Heritage Hotel (Relais & Châteaux)
Located 50 meters from Bruges market place, the Heritage hotel is an ideal anchor point to discover the historical, mythical and romantic city of Bruges. Built in the nineteenth century in a classic style, combining calm and comfort, this 4 star hotel is definitively a perfect place to have a really pleasant night or two.
The Beffroi(Le Beffroi)
Belfry (or The Giant at 83 meters!) is decidedly one of the most popular monuments in Bruges. It was forged for the first time in the 13th Century and it has been re-built 3 times since its creation. Located at the foot of the market place, the Beffroi is a historical symbol of Bruges and a highly recommended visit. Take your time to observe the tower in detail - it leans a little to the south-east, but only by 80cm.
The Rosaire Dock (Le Quai du Rosaire)
The Rosaire Dock is the most photographed place in Bruges and it is easy to understand why once you see it. The large canal, the refined architecture of the monuments, the reflection in the water and the Beffry in the background; the view is just stunning!
The canals of Bruges (Les canaux de Bruges)
Many canals cross Bruges and it has earned the moniker "Little Venice". The visit of Bruges by boat along the canals is an activity that allows you to enjoy the unique perspective from the water.
The Park Restaurant will be delighted to welcome you to their 1 star Michelin gastronomic restaurant in front of the Kon Astridpark, the largest park in the city, in the Bruges Centre. The renowned Bruggeman’ Brothers place enormous emphasis on their use of many regional products in their gastronomic creations.