Brussels, Belgium

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels vacation rentals

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.

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.

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 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.

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.