Living in Brussels
Famous for its beer, chocolate and fries, Brussels is a multicultural, dynamic and beautiful city that has something for everyone!
An international city with a human face
With 1 million inhabitants Brussels is perhaps not among Europe's largest capital cities but it is undoubtedly among those with the highest quality of life. International organisations and numerous multinational companies make the city multicultural and colourful, with the culture and cuisine on offer spanning all continents. Despite this strong international presence, Brussels is a world away from the hustle and bustle of London or Paris and is a very pleasant place to live for families with small children.
Good food and drink are understood as one of the basics of life in Belgium. Why not try a platter of moules-frites (Mussels and chips) or the delicious carbonade flamande, beef stew cooked in beer?
For dessert, waffles are a popular favourite on the streets of Brussels or you can always sample the mouth-watering chocolates in one of Brussels' many chocolateries!
The architecture in Brussels is diverse, ranging from the beautiful medieval monuments in the centre, such as the Grand Place (above), to the postmodern buildings of the EU Institutions (European Parliament below).
Brussels has many picturesque parks and gardens, which are well-tended.
The largest and arguably the most beautiful park in the capital is the Bois de la Cambre (below). It is connected to the Forest de Soignes, which allows visitors to go for longer walks, or even horse riding.
Downtown, the Park of Brussels has a unique charm as it is surrounded by the Royal Palace, Parliament and other elegant 18th-century buildings. The park has lots of broad paths with classical statues and fountains.
Whether you are a theatre fanatic, jazz fiend or party animal, the Brussels entertainment scene is sure not to disappoint! Watch a spectacular performance at the Bozar centre or sample one of Delirium café's 2000+ beers and then dance the night away at a club in the town centre!
Excellent Transport Connections
Brussels' situation in the centre of Europe and the development of its excellent transport connections means that you are not too far from anywhere. The Eurostar high speed train connection to the UK means that you can get to the centre of London in just 2 hours!
Weekend trips to the nearby enchanting towns of Bruges (above), Antwerp, Namur and many others are also highly recommended with excellent rail links and weekend tickets at nearly half price for all passengers!