BRUSSELS SOUTH CHARLEROI Belgique
Capital of Belgium, Brussels is a lively and historical city but also a major European place. But Brussels is also the “Art Nouveau” and some beautiful and important cultural places.
Discover the Grand Place, Manneken Pis, the Atomium, the Magritte museum or the Palace of Charles V. Finally we can’t talk about Brussels without mentioning chocolate, french fries and comic strips !
Fligths every friday and sunday all the year
Climate: Temperate Oceanic
Time difference: None
Currency: Euro (€)
Official language: French and Flemish
Travel documents: national identity card or passport
Tourist information: http://www.belgique-tourisme.fr
The Belgian Comic Strip Center :
The Belgian Comic Strip Center is housed in a splendid Art Nouveau building designed by Victor Horta in 1906 and located in the heart of Brussels. This large museum opened to the public on 6th October 1989 and has become one of Brussels’ prime attractions in just a few years. Every year, over 200,000 people visit the permanent and temporary exhibits on museum floors that span 4,200m2.
Brussels Town Hall and the Grand Place :
Brussels Town Hall is one of the Belgium's finest civic buildings. Not only because of the numerous sculptures adorning its walls, but also because of its perfect proportions and the incomparable beauty of its tower, the spire of which is topped by the archangel Saint Michael. Brussels laid the foundation stone of this magnificent Gothic edifice in the spring of 1402. In 1695, when the city was bombarded by Marshal de Villeroy, the Town Hall was destroyed by fire. Its reception rooms and alderman's offices contain fine Brussels tapestries from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, sumptuous Gothic wooden panelling, the insignia of ancient guilds and paintings from the collections at the Town Hall Museum.
Manneken Pis :
This bronze statuette, created in the 17th century by J. Duquesnoy the elder, embodies the irreverent spirit of Brussels. It is also known as "Little Julian", due to confusion with another fountain, het Juliaensborreke, and was one of the many fountains supplying the city. Once a public fountain, the little statute is now a legendary figure. He has been given numerous costumes and decorations and his wardrobe now comprises some 800 items, recently restyled in an appealing scenography at the Museum of the City of Brussels. The oldest (known) costume was given to him by the Elector of Bavaria in 1698. Manneken Pis has sadly been the victim of several acts of vandalism. In 1745, he was kidnapped for the first time by the English. Two years later, the French stole him. When Louis XV heard of the incident, to repair the outrage, he gave him a rich gold brocade costume and decorated him with the cross of Saint-Louis. In 1817, the statuette was stolen once again, this time by a pardoned French convict, and was found broken in pieces. The fragments were used to make the statuette which you can see today at the old fountain.
- Brussels and its canals (the Venice of the North)
- The North Sea and its chic seaside resorts
- Antwerp, the world’s “Diamond Capital”