Brussels famous bi-annual floral carpet on August 14, in Grand Place.
Brussels’ Cinquantenaire Park. Photo by Marc Ryckaert.
Brussels centre demands no transport other than two functioning legs. Otherwise a modest flat fee gets you onto efficient buses, trams and the metro. Simple. . . but beware place name confusion due to the obligatory use of both main languages. e. g. South Brussels is posted as both Bruxelles-Midi (French) and Brussel-Zuid (Flemish).
Museums: Out of the centre the stunning Art Nouveau Musée Victor Horta is high value target for lovers of style while the Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts offers a huge selection of both modern and ancient fine art.
Classical Music: The Palais des Beaux Arts provides excellent symphony and chamber music all year.
Dance/Opera: The Theatre de la Monnaie is Brussels’ home to Opera and Ballet productions.
Live Music & Clubs: The city has endless night action of all sorts in varied styles, constantly morphing into something new, so just take a walk, ask your concierge or check the ‘Brussels Times’ for event info/listings.
Feb 6, 7, 8, the Carnival of Binche. An ancient and famously kaleidoscopic event with costumes and masks. Binche is 54kms (34 miles) from Brussels.
May 22, the Battle of Lumecon & The Procession of the Golden Chariot, Mons. A George and the Dragon battle and religious procession in this pretty city (40 mins by train).
May-November, Festival of Flanders. Superb classical music in magnificent locations, such as cathedrals, all over Flanders (just north a bit).
Last Thurs of June, the Ommegang Pageant, Brussels. A wildly colourful ‘folkloric’ procession and games since 1549.
July 21, National Day and start of Brussels Fair (1 month).
Dec 6-Jan 2, European Christmas Market, Brussels, Bruges and more. Icy, festive fun, all lit up, and that’s before the head banging beer kicks in.
Short Trips Out
Belgium has a fine clutch of well-preserved, lively medieval cities – known as the Flemish Art Cities – within easy reach of Brussels. Under one hour away by efficient, good value train are: Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent. See Belgium Travel Guide for more information.