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The capital of European Union - Brussels

Brussels, Belgium, Royal Palce at the Warande Park

In Brussels, the capital of Belgium, you will find street signs in two languages, modern glass palaces and ancient art nouveau buildings, people, neighborhoods and upscale shopping. In short, you can say about the city that is plenty of contradictions and yet a whole and beautiful. Moreover, it is a paradise for food lovers.

Brussels flourished from the 15th century as the royal capital of the Low Countries, an integral and important part of the mighty Holy Roman Empire. After several disasters, including the destruction of most of the city by the French in 1695, grabbed the revolution that made the independence of Belgium in 1830 rather than here.

There is a strong sense of historical tradition, though the city late 19th century has largely been redeveloped and there is little original architecture remains. A brilliant exception in the city center is the beautiful cobbled square, the Grote Markt, with some impressive old guild houses and the extraordinary Gothic town hall that evening lights spectacular.

Other interesting historic buildings include the two royal palaces (of Cloth and Brussels), the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, the Sacred Heart Basilica and the exhibition with its classic facade. And of course no traveler can do to Brussels without the world's most famous bronze statue to behold, that mischievous and constantly urinating Manneken Pis.

Another famous cityscape is the recently renovated Atomium, which represents an iron crystal and dating of the World in 1958. The power of Brussels with its one hundred museums is more cultural than architectural, although both interested visitors will not be disappointed.

Shoppers can go at the elegant St. Hubert, a gorgeous early 19th century arcade. For dedicated drinkers can be hundreds of different beers to taste, and who should be below the chocolate lovers on a diet. Brussels is officially bilingual and a model of the complex composition of Belgium, but French is nevertheless the preferred language, Dutch is on second place.

Typically of Brussels, in addition to some fine museums, are especially cozy cafes and excellent restaurants. The best of this city will cost at least a weekend and discover the necessary drive. The sites are located in diverse areas such as the old section around the Grand Place, the chic Sablon neighborhood and the popular Marolles district.

On the Grand Place in Brussels there are many specialties together. There are ornate guild houses, like the Brewer's house, nice restaurants, charming cafes, shops with lace and chocolates and of course the Town Hall, the showpiece of the square. In the King's House is the historic city museum. On the Violet Street stands the Museum of Costume and Lace. In the center you will find the beautiful Gothic S. Michael's Cathedral and the imposing Stock Exchange.

The Art Nouveau comes during every weekend in Brussels on his features. Beautiful examples of this style though Old England building, top of the Mont des Arts and the Horta museum at 25 Rue Americaine, outside the center. This home of the designer Horta is completely in his style.
There is also Art Nouveau walk through the center. This also applies to the Comic-route: the distances between the ten large murals are too large.
South are the Museums of Modern Art. You can follow six tracks along the ancient art, with many Flemish works. Modern art is housed in a sleek building that is completely underground. Just steps away are the Royal Palace and the Parc de Bruxelles.