IntroductionBrussels, bordered by The Netherlands, Germany Luxembourg and France, is the capital city of Belgium and home to the European Parliament. Despite its inhabitants numbering less than 1 million, its position at the very heart of Europe makes it a multi-cultural and multi-lingual city. Only 200 miles from Paris and less than 150 miles from Amsterdam the city’s three official languages are French, German and Flemish. In Belgium the Nordic and Latin cultures meet to create a unique atmosphere.
Apart from housing the European Parliament, the NATO headquarters are also situated here. Despite these forward-looking organizations having found a home here, Brussels’ history dates back over 1000 years. Art Nouveau has flourished and there are endless winding alleys, cobbled streets and picturesque squares to explore as well as the Bois de la Cambre, a forest as large as Brussels itself! The city has a surprising amount of things to do and places to visit from the Grand Place, said to be Europe’s most beautiful square to the rather odd Manneken-Pis statue. With just a 40 minute train ride away from Antwerp and an hour’s journey from the picturesque Bruges, there’s absolutely no chance of getting bored!