Have a sweet time in Belgium’s mix of old and new

The Galeries Royales St Hubert, Brussels
I would love to go on a European city break in the New Year. I am travelling with a friend and we want to go somewhere that’s full of culture and activities. We enjoy dining in nice restaurants and seeing the sights a city has to offer. Do you have any recommendations?

I would love to go on a European city break in the New Year. I am travelling with a friend and we want to go somewhere that’s full of culture and activities. We enjoy dining in nice restaurants and seeing the sights a city has to offer. Do you have any recommendations?

A city of ancient culture mixed with modern ideals makes Brussels the perfect New Year getaway. Despite its status as an administrative hub, Brussels remains of the best-kept secrets in Europe, with something for everyone. By day you can walk its meandering streets and explore quaint towns, gothic cathedrals and castles and by night you can sample one of the 350 different beers on offer and the chocolate is second to none!

Belgium’s capital is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s must-see destinations, with its small town charm, trendy bars and restaurants, fabulous food, great nightlife, fantastic shopping, numerous museums, and other attractions including exhibitions and festivals that take place every year. Regular flights run to Brussels and the average flight time is just over an hour and a half.

Your first visit should be to The Galeries Royales St Hubert which are a unique mix of cultural style and commercial spirit all under a glass roof. Since 1850, the galleries have been a favourite with artists and intellectuals. The three galleries, the King’s Gallery, the Queen’s Gallery and the Prince’s Gallery, are without doubt the most beautiful covered galleries in Europe.

Another must-see is the Atomium. Built for the World Fair in Brussels in 1958, the Atomiun is now the most popular tourist attraction and symbol of the European capital. A museum and exhibition space, the impressive structure was designed by André Waterkeyn to be a replica of a single unit of iron crystal blown up 165 billion times. There are nine spheres all connected together by tubes and the top sphere has a restaurant and unbeatable views of the city. At night, all of the spheres are lit up with 2970 LED lights that makes for spectacular viewing.

Gastronomy in Belgium is an art; from street foods like frites or waffles with the toppings of your choice, to traditional dishes like croquettes or mussels, the choices are endless. Brussels is bursting with cafés where you can enjoy a world-renowned Belgian beer and the Grand Sablon Square is surrounded with shops from Belgium’s artisan chocolatiers. There is also a fantastic antiques market here each weekend.

A vibrant and diverse city, Brussels is sure to capture your heart and imagination.

Where to Stay

Metropole Hotel (*****)

Prices start from €99 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Set in a converted 19th-century building, the landmark Metropole Hotel is located on Place de Brouckere in central Brussels. Built in 1895, Metropole Hotel is the city’s oldest hotel and the lobby evokes 19th-century grandeur with bronze marble, gold columns, and huge chandeliers. 

Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo (*****)

Prices start from €198 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Situated in the centre of Brussels, Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo is steps from Brussels City Hall, La Grand Place, and Manneken Pis Statue. Each one of the bedrooms and suites at Hotel Amigo are individual in style, spacious and luxurious, with views of the neighbouring historic buildings - the Town Hall, churches and spires of the city.

Hotel Le Plaza (****)

Prices start from €99 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Dating from the 1930s, Hotel Le Plaza Brussels is close to the Rue Neuve shopping district in central Brussels, Belgium. The Art Deco-style hotel is within one kilometre of the Grand Place, Chocolate Museum, and Manneken Pis. 

Queen Anne Hotel (***)

Prices start from €46 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

The avant-garde Queen Anne Hotel in central Brussels, Belgium faces the National Theatre and is 150 metres from the city’s business district. The six-floor hotel is within one kilometre of the Grand Place Square, Chocolate Museum, and the iconic Manneken Pis statue.

For more information and travel tips on planning your holiday visit www.Hotels.com or call 1800 55 3338 to wake up happy on your holiday!