Brussels is not only the heart of the European Union, it is also one of the most fascinating capitals of the old continent. Erected in the center of Belgium on seven hills, the city has a long history, with the challenge of finding balance between two ethnic groups (the Walloons and the Flemings). At the present it is a city in line with the times, a hub of cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism, a melting pot of languages and traditions. Brussels has a significant institutional lure: it is the seat of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union, as well as a chamber of the European Parliament and its Committees.
Tourists gravitate to the ancient city that is divided in the upper part, where there are the most important public buildings, and in the lower part, business central, which has at its center the Grand Place, a masterpiece of elegance and a Unesco World Heritage site.
The most important monument is the Cathedral of Saint Michel and Saint Gudula, a jewel of Gothic design with Renaissance influences. Do not miss the Royal Palace, the sovereign’s official residence from 1831, built in a style which recalls the splendor of the French monarchy of Louis XVI.
The city's symbol is the bronze statue of Manneken Pis, located in the historical center, the emblem of Belgian pride and even irony. On the other hand, the symbol of modern Brussels is the Atomium, a steel construction which represents the nine atoms of a crystal of iron, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1958. you can enjoy a panoramic view over the city and it is aswell home to the Museum of science. Brussels also offers a lot of greenery, beautiful buildings in the Art Nouveau style and some highly respected art collections, as well as the Magritte Museum, dedicated to the father of Surrealism, or the Belgian Comic Strip Center. Lovers of good food will delight in tasting the local mussels, chocolate and beer.