From Brussels by Car
Brussels – is located in the centre of Belgium and is perhaps the most Belgian city in the country, while the rest of the country has flavours of French or Dutch influence. The city is home to a number of European Union institutions that lead many to believe it is the effective capital of Europe.
The city has a number of interesting landmarks worth visiting. These include the Grand Place-Grote Markt, the Parc du Cinquantenaire-Jubelpark, any of the numerous museums or perhaps say “Hi” to Manneken Pis.
What’s to see in the Brussels Area?
Brussels has much to offer the curious tourist, in the surrounding areas of the city.
Luckily Belgium is a small enough country in that you can base yourself in Brussels and then drive out to visit the other major cities in the country.
Located about 50kms to the north of Brussels is the city of Antwerp. Antwerp is sometimes known as the Diamond Capital of the World as 70% of all diamonds are traded through here. If you are visiting the city as a day trip you can try to make time to visit the Plantin Moretus museum and the port, one of the biggest in the world.
To the west some 60kms there is Ghent. You will come across this charming city on your way to Bruges. The city was a major player in during the medieval period, some of which you can still see. Today the city is very much a student city and this come especially into the fore during the annual Ghent Fests, which goes on for 10 days.
Continuing northwest to Bruges you will find one of the best-preserved cities in Europe. The historic city centre is UNESCO listed and it allows you to step back in time. The Church of Our Lady is a particularly spectacular sight and it is also home to Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child which is also a must see.
Charleroi is located directly south of Brussels by about some 60kms. Charleroi is home to Brussels second airport and it is a popular airport with some budget airlines to fly into. Charleroi itself has plenty to offer an interested explorer, and if you do visit don’t forget to visit the Maison Dorée and any of the many museums within the city.
Leuven, located only 30kms to the east, is a great fun town throughout the year as it is a University city from September to June and then in the summer there are a great number of festival to keep the party atmosphere of the city alive. Some sights to see during your down time might include the Town Hall and the Grand Béguinage.
Being such a small country makes it easy to see the entire country by car, why not take a look at our car hire Brussels page.
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