There is no finer place to reserve a holiday apartment in Belguim than right here in the capital, Brussels!For you next trip to Brussels, rent an apartment or stay in one of the many different accommodations that Likibu has to offer. Immerse yourself in this cultural hub by staying in a holiday rental or Airbnb in some of the local areas of Brussels.
Apartments in Brussels
Brussels, home to the European Union as well as being the capital of Belgium. What is fascinating about Brussels is that whilst the gentrification has taken place over several decades, the original city wall still stands. Since the end of the 2nd World War, Brussels has been named the political capital of Europe and as one of the safest cities in the world; it attracts visitors throughout the year to experience both its history, but also for its famous chocolate, beer and waffles.
As well as delicious food and history on offer, Brussels is a prime location for the art lovers and enthusiasts especially for its design and art festivals that transforms the city. Accommodation in Brussels can vary from cheap hotels in the city centre to luxury studio apartments. Depending on where you stay in the city and what you're looking to do and see will determine the cost, location and type of accommodation you choose. Brussels has plenty to offer for its visitors, and although the neighborhoods are not on the scale of the larger cities like London and Paris, the communities in Brussels offer something for everyone.
When to visit Brussels?
Visiting Brussels in the winter, is just stunning and while the winters get cold; they are definitely milder than many other European Cities and there Christmas Markets are super impressive. During the summer months, think UK! Slightly unpredictable and whilst milk - they often get plenty of rainfall, so do pack your brolly just in case!
Getting around Brussels
Brussels is a very walkable city and if you enjoy walking it is the best way of getting around the centre as it allows you to get up and close to beautiful architecture, parks and gardens. Alternatively, the city has a well connected tram and train line, key routes include Tram 94 and Tram 44. You don't need to limit your Belgium adventure to the Brussels, however, as the capital is well connected to all the major cities across the country, which can easily be explored in almost no time by rail. Brussels is only one hour by train from accommodation in Bruges|, while a |holiday rental in Antwerp](https://www.likibu.co.uk/holiday-rentals/antwerp) can be reached in as little as 45 minutes.
Where to Stay in Brussels?
If you like being in tourist central, then Les Marolles is perfect for you. From this this area, you can explore the city like a local and discover the diverse residential neighbourhood that houses predominately Flemish and French residents. Hotels in Brussels can be reasonable but rent an apartment with unique architecture to give you that authentic Belgium experience. You'll find the amazing daily Vieux Marche, a market with vintage clothes and individual antiques.
The Medieval City Centre
The medieval city centre leads to the Grand place with a grand history embedded deep in its walls. Winding lanes lead out from the square offering little shops, quaint restaurants and the Instagram friendly Mannekin Pis. You'll find plenty of short stay apartments in this part of town, and if you're travelling alone and budget is tight why not consider renting a room in Brussels from a local?
From history to this present day, the European Quarter has an incredible scene of sky scrapers turning this area into a sort of modern complex, so compared to the old town it is a dramatic contrast. With businessmen and politicians roaming the streets, this may not be the most cultural spot but there are plenty of places to stay in this district of Brussels. You will find the AutoWorld Museum and Royal Military Museum here if that floats your boat!
Ixelles, a neighbourhood with a long and interesting history, is known as the ‘Mayfair' of Brussels being one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in the city, if not country. You'll find plenty of designer boutiques, high end restaurants and swanky cocktail bars in this part of town. Brussels holidays rentals are popular in this area, as well as luxury apartments to rent. According to Tripadvisor, book yourself a table in Le Rabassier for that extra special dining experience.
What to Do in Brussels?
As city breaks go, Brussels has plenty to offer travelers of all ages. A 15th Century city hall with striking architecture, the Grand Palace is utterly breathtaking. If you are an early bird, we recommend visiting just after dawn to avoid the crowds and take some photos of the square when it's not crowded with other tourists. A visit at night is also recommended as the atmosphere of tourists and locals mingling drinking Belgium beers gives the city its individual charm.
Notre Dame Du Sablon
A visit to Brussels would not be complete without a visit to Notre Dame Du Sablon. A spectacular gothic cathedral dating back to the 14th century, and within the walls houses the Madonna statue which apparently has healing powers.
The Brussels Waffle Workshop
There are many different tours available in Brussels, from beer tasting to chocolate tastings which are fantastic to experience the food and drinks that Belgium has to offer. The Brussels Waffle Workshop is one of our favourite. You get to prepare, cook, and enjoy your own delicious Belgian waffles and the best bit? Scoff as many waffles as you can handle!
If you want to include both food and drink, book the Beer & Chocolate Tour for approx 70GBP. This is one of the top foodie tours in the city. You start your experience by tasting handmade chocolates and sipping on craft and traditional beers, while chatting to likeminded travellers… it all goes down hill from there!
If you have more than a few days in the city, then why not take a day trip over to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed spot, also known as Bruges. With winding canals and medieval style buildings, Bruges is one of the most enchanting spots in the whole of Belgium. Day trips out of the city start from GBP 40 and you can experience the famous landmarks of Grote Markt and Saint Salvador. Just a one hour train ride from Brussels, visiting one of the most best preserved cities in Europe is definitely recommended.
T Swart Huis
Visit 'T Zwart Huis for music, coffees, cocktails and finger food. Housed in a building that was constructed in the 1400's; this hot spot has a real charm and authenticity about it. Spend the afternoon nibbling on tapas and drinking craft ales, before jumping on the last train back to Brussels. Alternatively, spend a night in Bruges in one of the many holidays lettings it has to offer.