The City of Brussels is one of a kind. You may think this is the typical introduction to any city in the world. For Brussels, it happens to be true! Have a read and prepare to be convinced.

First, take the classical approach: with an area which spans around 32.000 square km with more than 183.000 inhabitants, the City of Brussels is the capital of Belgium and of 450 million Europeans. With 184 different nationalities and 104 languages, Brussels is one of the most diverse and multicultural places in the world.

What has the city to offer to its inhabitants? A simple question deserving a simple answer! Two universities and many high schools; a brand new pedestrian zone and an administrative centre improving the life and health in the city; an incredible amount of museums and cultural curiosities; an essential network of hospitals specialised in research, cancer and unique patients units; social support for the youngest and the oldest thanks to Samu Social, neighbourhood houses and many educative and sports associations. All this, and much more, gathered in a small area creates an accessible neighbourhood and a “10 minutes” all-in city.

What about culture and events? You’ve already heard of Manneken Pis, The Atomium and the Grand Place. These three symbols of our city are a great example of what we call our ‘melting pot’ (which is to say “mixing of a bit of everything” in the Brussels local language). In the city of Brussels, every season will offer you plenty to discover. You can take a walk to meet the famous little pissing boy and a street art wall tour simultaneously; you can visit one of the biggest morning markets and watch the Ommegang historical reconstitution.

As spring arrives, you can participate in Belgian Pride which reunites people of all gender, families and friends to celebrate diversity and promote equality. In the Summertime, you can nap in the woods of the “Bois de la Cambre” or go to a concert in the city hall. In Autumn, you can watch student celebrate their university, the Université Libre de Brussels, with a pretty particular procession or come to Belgian Beer Festival or even a design market.

Winter comes with the internationally known ”Plaisir d’hiver” completed with the Christmas market. The Grand Place sound and light together with the local delicacies will help you survive the cold temperatures.

All this leads to one last question: what are you waiting for? Come see us, we’ll be glad to welcome you!

Philippe Close Bourgmestre
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