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Brussels

Belgium

Belgium’s capital is often overlooked by tourists in favour of Bruges and Ghent nearby, but this beautiful medieval city epitomises the region’s mix of a rich historical past with the present.

The centre of Brussels is focused on the Grote Markt (Grand Place) – a medieval square surrounded by typical gothic architecture including the Town Hall. Dotted around town are a number of palaces and historic buildings upholding Brussels' historic importance on the European political landscape. Be sure not to miss the The Manneken Pis – this particularly famous sight is a small sculpture translated as Little Man Pee which is all we need to say about it.

Today Brussels is one of the most politically important cities in Europe and the world. It is not only home to all of Belgium’s governmental functions, but houses, among others, the NATO headquarters, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union. Even the European Parliament which formally sits in Strasbourg holds most of its meetings and does most of its business in Brussels.

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