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Reviewed on Nov 29, 2016
A trip to Brussels puts you in the midst of the headquarters of the European Union. Visitors can explore museums and architecture or indulge in the incredible chocolates available throughout the city. Brussels is the center of European culture, with a rich history and convenient connections to major points throughout Europe. Visit one of the numerous museums, such as the Center for Fine Arts, or enjoy a performance by the Brussels Philharmonic.
Many visitors fly to Brussels to take in the museums, such as the Museum of Music and The Museum of Fine Arts. Another popular attraction is the Grand-Place, located in the heart of the Lower Town District; you'll find yourself surrounded by ornate Baroque and Gothic style buildings.
When you fly to Brussels, you'll land at the Brussels Airport (BRU), just seven miles from the center of the city. Brussels has a fairly mild climate throughout the year. Average summer temperatures range from highs in the 60s and low 70s to evening lows in the 50s. Even winter temperatures rarely fall below freezing, and daytime highs can hit 40 to 50 degrees F. There are public and private buses running from the airport to the city as well as taxis and an airport railway station on the ground floor. Visitors can enjoy annual Christmas markets as well as the Summer Festival with music, singing and dancing.
Temperatures in Brussels are mild year-round, with the summer ranging between 54 and 72 degrees and winter a temperate 32 to 43 degrees. Light rains are possible any time of year, so carry an umbrella. The best time to visit Brussels is late spring to fall, as weather is perfect for walking and al fresco dining.
High season runs from May through July with a resurgence in September and October. Diminished crowds occur in the late August, when it’s fairly hot. Since 1549, Brussels has celebrated the Ommegang Festival on the first Thursday of July, in honor of Charles V and his son Phillip. Some 1,400 costumed revelers join a procession at the Place du Grand Sablon, watched by spectators and respected Belgium dignitaries including the Royal Family.
Shoulder season is mid-January to April, November, and early December, with manageable lines to attractions and reasonable prices. Average temperatures from March to May range from mid-30s to 60s. Winter months (December to February) are often grey and overcast, with temperatures averaging in the 40s.
Popular events celebrated in Brussels include: Brussels Antiques and Fine Art Fair (January); Carnival (February); Sablon Baroque Spring Festival (April); Zinneke Parade and Brussels Jazz Marathon (both May); Brussels Music Festival (June); European Film Festival (June/July); Brussels Summer Festival (August); Brussels Beer Weekend (September); Comic Strip Festival (October); and Brussels Christmas Market (December).
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