Brussels, officially known as the Brussels Region, which comprises nineteen municipalities including the City of Brussels, is the official capital of the European Union. It is the largest urban area in Belgium and has a very detailed history of emergence dating back to the tenth century. With a population of over 1.8 million and presence of headquarters of National Atlantic Treaty Organization and the main Institutes of European Union makes Brussels one of the prominent regions of Europe.
The region is bilingual as both Dutch-speaking (Brabantian) and French speaking (more precisely Belgian French), people reside here. This destination is well known for the numerous (above 80) museums it contains including the Museum of Modern Art, and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. The magnificence of these museums is shown by the fact that they harbor wide-ranging collections best medieval works in painting.
The architecture of Brussels is diverse. The variety ranges from medieval constructions on the Grand Palace to the post modern buildings of the European Union institutions. Few of the main attractions of Brussels are:
The Atomium is a unique structure located near famous places of interest such as Brupark, Oceade and Brussels Exhibition Park. The structure is a grandiose magnification of a crystal molecule of an iron atom. Massive iron corridors hold nine of these huge iron molecule structures together representing the nine Belgian Provinces. A lift to the top of the structure gives an exquisite view of the entire vicinity.
The Mannekin Pis, often referred as an equivalent of Eiffel Tower to Paris is a tiny statue formed out of moulds (of an originally attacked and destroyed bronze statue). Visitors all over the world gather to see the little weeing statueís ever changing wardrobe.
The Bruparck, was once an conglomeration of antique bars and was meant to reflect the high standard of living of Belgium. Now, it houses a giant Kinepolis cinema, the swimmerís paradise Oceadium and the Atomium. The place is also necessary visit for the lovely restaurants with wonderful terraces, playgrounds and a beautiful Venetian Carousel.
Apart from these, Brussels is well known for the Belgian Chocolate, its local waffle, the French fries, and the types of beers. With 1800 restaurants, and a number of high quality bars, Belgian cuisine is known among connoisseurs as one of best in Europe and hence only adds to the compulsion of visiting this city.