Destination guide

Brussels _ the heart of Europe

The capital of Belgium comes at you in a whirlwind of mayo-topped fries, chocolate-doused waffles, and frothy Trappist beers. It's surely one of the most enthralling cities on the continent; a place that fuses Flemish palaces and Gothic belfries, intricate Baroque frontispieces and shimmering modern skyscrapers. This is where the leaders of the European Union go about their work, where people from East and West meet and mingle. From the UNESCO-tagged Grand Place to the UFO-like Atomium, between the manicured parks and the curious statue of Manneken Pis, Brussels vacation rentals are your ticket to it all.

Things to do

Get monumental in Brussels

Brussels vacation rentals in the Old Town of the capital are the ones to go for if you want to be sleeping under the gaze of glorious Gothic bell towers and Baroque palaces. They hit their zenith with the UNESCO-attested Grand Place square, which is just a stroll away from the quirky little statue of Manneken Pis to boot. It's also not far from there to the Musical Instruments Museum, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and the Cinquantenaire Museum, which together offer everything from old jazz relics to priceless Egyptian artifacts.


Brussels bursts with things to do

Hit the boulevards and cobbled lanes of Brussels on a hop-on, hop-off tour to gawp up at grand palaces and the great offices of the European Union. Then, hit the waffle stands for stacked deserts, or attempt to work your way through the myriad beers in the bars _ light Belgian blonde, or potent Belgian Trappist. Quirkier pursuits abound, too, from guided photography tours to biking through the parks, chocolate factory workshops to classes in local microbreweries. And that's not even mentioning the bespoke retail of the Galeries Saint-Hubert, or the uber-enchanting Christmas markets in December.


Brussels charms no matter the season

Travelers vie for the best Brussels vacation rentals during the summer months, which is when the warm European weather of June, July, and August heralds in sightseeing and beer drinking in the squares. That said, fall, in September and October, can mean smaller crowds in the museums and better rates, while winter _ in December and January _ has the fairy-tale Christmas markets and twinkling festive lights decorating the streets. April and May mark the start of spring, when the gorgeous urban parks begin to bloom with flowers.

Natural features

Between woods and rivers in Brussels

Brussels sits in the middle of the wide Brabants Plateau, where the dense Sonian Forest of south-central Belgium finally gives way to the river plains that roll down towards the North Sea. It's that area of dense woodland that offers perhaps the wildest escape from the city. You can wander between hazel groves and little lakes there, spying out the ruins of Cistercian nunneries and historic priories. In the heart of the capital itself, the parks exhibit a regal aspect. There are grand monuments in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, colossal palaces in Brussels Park, and exotic greenhouses in Le Botanique.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Brussels

Fly into Brussels (BRU-Brussels - National), the closest airport, located 6.7 mi (10.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Antwerp (ANR-Antwerp Intl.), which is 24.1 mi (38.8 km) away. If you're traveling by train, Brussels Central Station, Brussels-Chapel Station and Brussels-Congress Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around Brussels by jumping on the metro at Bourse-Beurs Station, De Brouckere Station or Anneessens Station.

Where to stay around Brussels-Capital Region?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 661 vacation rentals near Brussels-Capital Region. From 586 Condos/Apartments to 29 Houses, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Brussels-Capital Region area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Brussels-Capital Region?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Brussels-Capital Region. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Brussels: 741 vacation rentals
  • Grand-Place: 264 vacation rentals
  • Ixelles: 714 vacation rentals
  • European Quarter: 267 vacation rentals
  • Woluwe-Saint-Lambert: 712 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Brussels-Capital Region! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Brussels-Capital Region?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Brussels-Capital Region:

  • Brussels: 741 rentals
  • Ixelles: 714 rentals
  • Woluwe-Saint-Lambert: 712 rentals
  • Uccle: 717 rentals
  • Etterbeek: 707 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Brussels-Capital Region?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Brussels-Capital Region. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Museum of Human Anatomy and Embryology: 741 rentals
  • Brussels Bruxelles-Midi Station: 779 rentals
  • Brussels Central Station: 780 rentals
  • Brussels Bruxelles-Nord Station: 746 rentals
  • Museum of Pharmacy and Medicinal Plants: 780 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Brussels-Capital Region listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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