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Brussels: A World Apart in Europe
On a fine evening, saunter through the Grand-Place, or take a leisurely walk along the cobblestone alleys lined with pubs and cafes! This is a typical scene from Brussels. It is a dazzling fairytale world of Baroque houses and soaring Gothic structures. Brussels is unrivaled in its historical and cultural landscape.

The imposing Town Hall, built in the early 1400s, and the elaborate Maison du Roi or King's House exists amidst the city. Beyond its fascinating history, Brussels is recognized worldwide for its exciting nightlife. After waking up to some delicious Belgian waffles for breakfast, and a day of museum hopping, you'll probably want to unwind in one of the bars or relax in a café. The endless stream of musicians, street vendors and couples walking arm-in-arm is quite unique to the city.

Whether it's your first day or last day in town, whether you're ambling past the fantasyland of Grand-Place or chatting over a dinner table in one of the street-side restaurants, Brussels has an intoxicating charm, anywhere and anytime.

Home to a population of just over a million, Brussels is a bilingual city, with French and Dutch being the official languages. English is also widely understood. The city is a major hub of culture and tourism and enjoys the status as the headquarters for the European Union.

The city offers an invigorating art scene and some of the best culinary traditions in the world. Belgian cheeses, fresh mussels, frites, creamy chocolates, waffles and beer are well known all over the world. For a visitor, it's quite easy to spend several days touring the city. It's a great idea to explore the Brussels city center or Old Town on foot. While strolling through the city, having dinner in one of the street side restaurants visitors will notice the intoxication charm of the city.

Guided tours and information for self-guided tours are offered at the tourist board, Tourism Information Brussels (TIB) is situated in the Hotel de Ville at the Grand-Place. From Brussels, it's possible to visit interesting sites such as the battlefield of Waterloo, Mini Europe, a miniature replica of the famous sights of 15 countries as well as the Atomium, the pride and joy of the 1958 World's Fair.
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Manoj Borah is a Senior Writer & Journalist working with CheapoAir.com, one of the top travel sites online. Manoj writes and reviews articles with special focus on à la mode vacation spots for budget travelers and road warriors, besides sharing tips and nuggets on booking a Paris flight.
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