Brussels is the capital of Belgium, and it’s a city full of language and culture. With two official languages — French and Flemish — Brussels has an exciting, international appeal and serves as the junction of Europe. Politics and international business make up an important part of Brussels’ culture, but the city also has an appealing combination of liveliness and quaint, cobblestone streets. The city is also famous for its cuisine, and visitors and residents enjoy trying different types of entrees, beer and chocolate.
- Brussels is a bilingual city.
- Brussels is one of the greenest cities in Europe. You’ll find dozens of parks and gardens that are filled with blooming flora all year long due to a mild climate.
- The city hosts festivals, concerts, sports events and more.
- The European Union has most of their institutions based in Brussels.
- The Smurfs and other comic characters originated in Brussels.
- Brussels was a large stop on the trade route in the 12th century from Brugge and Ghent to Cologne. It quickly grew from a village to a city with a population of about 30,000 people.
- The fifth Solvay Conference was held in Brussels in 1927. Famous physicists like Einstein, Pauli, Curie and more discussed the Quantum Theory and other parts of modern physics.
- Brussels is famous for its cuisine, including award-winning mussels and fries.