Special summer events in Brussels which you don't want to miss
Flower CarpetThe Flower Carpet, a brilliant spectacle stretched out over 2,000 m2 at the Grand Place, only 10 minutes walk from the Floris Avenue. The floral display glows with sparkling colors arranged in subtle designs. A monumental work which requires months of design and preparation, but has put in place in just one day. Every flower has its exact place, in complete harmony. A panoramic view is possible from a balcony at the Grand Place.
Brussels Summer FestivalThe Brussels Summer Festival is the most important cultural event in Brussels. It is Embedded in the cultural tradition of Brussels and enjoys a growing reputation abroad. Through the years it has evolved beyond musical setting, to include evening shows, an urban barbecue, a party in Bruxelles-les-Bains, street theater, classical concerts and more. The festival takes place in the magic space of the Royal Park, the Place des Palais and the Place du Musée, and brings together a host of culture to suit every pocket.
The name Brussels comes from the Old Dutch "bruocsella", which means marsh (bruoc) and home (sella) or "home in the marsh". It is the capital of Belgium and has a lovely choice of Brussels hotels for your complete enjoyment of this fascinating city. Historically Dutch-speaking, Brussels became more and more French-speaking over the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, most are native French-speakers, although both languages have official status. Don't worry - the professional staff of Brussels hotels also speak English and are there to serve you.
There are over 80 museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and the Museum of Comics. Belgium is the homeland of the comic strip and you will discover comic strip graphics all over the city – some in surprising places, just not in the fine Brussels hotel!. Brussels is known for its local waffle, its chocolate, its Belgian Fries (often mistakenly called FRENCH Fries) and 500 types of beers. The Brussels sprout was first cultivated here!
The city has 1,800 restaurants and a number of high quality bars near your Brussels hotel's accommodation. Belgian cuisine, one of the best in Europe, is characterized by the combination of French cuisine with the more hearty Flemish fare. Notable specialties include Brussels waffles (gaufres) and mussels ("moules frites" - served with fries). The city is a stronghold of chocolate and pralines manufacturers – Godiva! Neuhaus! Leonidas! In tourist areas, fresh, hot, waffles are sold on the street and Brussels hotels may offer these famous treats for breakfast!
In addition to the traditional restaurants, there are cafés which serve beer and light dishes, and coffee houses, called the Salons de Thé. Also widespread are brasseries, which usually offer a variety of beers and typical national dishes. Be sure to book rooms in Brussels hotels so that you can recover nearby after tasting all that Brussels has to offer!
When planning accommodations, you will find that the city offers a variety of hotels from one star to luxury five star Brussels hotels. Among the best if the Brussels hotels are the Floris Ambiance hotels: Floris Avenue, Floris Louise, Floris Alrequin Grand Place and Floris Ustel Midi. They are all ideally located near the most famous attractions.
Transportation to Brussels
The main international airport is Brussels Zaventem, located approximately 12 km north-east of the city. Arrange accommodations in one of Brussels hotels – they are only about a 35 minute drive away.
This is a magnificent market square, one of the most attractive in Europe. The promenade of the Grand Place is amazing and is surrounded by tall medieval buildings with decorated with statues. It is a must to visit during the night with fairy lights enhancing the beauty of the architecture. Every Sunday it turns into a vivid, exotic Oriental Market with a huge variety of tasty foods, flowers, colorful clothes and unlimited souvenirs. Along the Grand Place, you will find one of the nicest of Brussels hotels, the Floris Avenue Boutique hotel.
The Sablon Square
The Sablon Square has become the center for art galleries and antique shops. While touring here, visit “Wittamer”, the most unique pastry maker in Brussels. Also, stop at the Pierre Marcolini chocolate shop, winner of the world chocolate championship. Just a five minute walk from Sablon Square, is the high quality star of Brussels hotels, the Floris Louise hotel.
The picturesque Ilôt Sacré district is known for its plentiful restaurants, bars and cafés, exciting street shows and a wide range of the most famous brand shops and elegant boutiques. It is also just a short walk from the famous Manneken-pis statue. There are great legends to discover explaining this statues importance and nearby is one of the most relaxing and comfortable of the Brussels hotels, the Floris Arlequin Grand - Place.
La Bourse (Stock Exchange)
This architect building was designed by Leon Suys back in 1873 in the middle of boulevards that are connecting to the railway stations. This classic building is made of six simple architectural columns at the front and sculptures all over the place that are representing the trading that used to be made during the 17th century. This is why it was names La Bourse which is the name for money trading.
At a decent distance from the La Bourse stands one of the famous 3 stars of Brussels hotels, the Floris Ustel Midi Hotel. The hotel is located near the south train station where one can take a train ride to London, Paris or Amsterdam.(495\)