Brussels International Airport, also known as Brussels National or Zaventem, is an international airport located partially in Zaventem municipality in the Flemish Brabant region. The airport lies just 11 kilometres northeast of Brussels, Belgium.
Brussels Airport serves as the base for Lufthansa’s Brussels Airlines, Jetairfly and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium. Several other major carriers operate from Brussels Airport and offer direct flights to major cities in Europe, North America and other international destinations. The airport has a single terminal building with two departure halls. The main hall is used by all airlines, while Jetairfly and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium uses the smaller hall.
The airport is conveniently accessible by public transport. A railway station at the first level has direct services to many cities all across Belgium and to the Brussels South Railway Station which can connect you to majorEuropean cities such as London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris, and Zürich. Car rental services, metered taxis and hotel shuttles are readily available at the airport for transport into city centre. There are also air-conditioned bus services to and from various cities in Flanders.Travel time to the city centre is approximately 20 minutes.
Brussels is the beautiful capital city of Belgium and seat of the Belgian Royal Family. Its unique multicultural character lies in its rich history and geography. Most of its residents are bilingual in Dutch and French. This modern metropolis traces its history as far back as 979 and retains many of its historic sites as popular tourist attractions.
Getting around is easy as Brussels has a good public transport system of buses, trams and metro. The Brussels Metro is clean and safe. It is also connected to the tram and light rail service which covers most of the capital region. All announcements are conveniently made in Dutch, French and English. The city centre is compact and most of the popular sights are here and within reasonable walking distance of each other. Here are some of the must visit attractions in Brussels --
Also known as the Grand Place, Grote Market is an historic town square surrounded by the city tower and buildings dating back to the 14th century. With its cobblestoned streets, this place is quite enchanting, especially at night. Here you can find many shops which offer the famed Belgian waffles and Belgian chocolates.
Square de l'Atomium
This iconic attraction is a vestige of the Brussels World Fair in in 1958, also known as Expo 58. This piece of architecture continues to attract tourists mainly for its unique form. Most of the spheres are not open to the public, but there are some exhibitions, a restaurant and an observation deck which offer good views of the city. At night, all nine spheres are lit up with thousand of light which makes the Atomium a beautiful sight to behold.
Near the Grand Place-Grote Markt is the Manneken Pis, a small bronze statue of a naked child just 60 centimeters tall, urinating into a pool. The statue has an interesting history and there are many versions of how this statue came about. On certain times, the statue wears outfits created by locals to suit the certain occasions. There is a museum nearby which displays all the various costumes of this little boy.
Musical Instrument Museum
The museum houses a collection of more than 7000 instruments from all over the world and from various periods of history. The exhibits are displayed on four different levels. A popular restaurant at the top floor also offers beautiful views of the Brussels. It is a wonderful museum that is well worth a few hours of your time.
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
This Roman Catholic church is dedicated to Brussels’ patron saints, St. Michael and St. Gudula. It is a blend of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture with two towers at its French Gothic main facade. Statues of the two patron saints are also featured in the imposing facade. The interiors are also impressive and worth looking into.
The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken are open to the public for three weeks from April to May each year. The classical pavilions built in 1873 are a majestic sight and must not be missed if you are in the city during this period.
Enjoy the charm of Brussels-- its historic treasures, attractions and culinary delights and discover why it is considered one of the best places for a vacation. Brussels has a temperate climate and experiences all the four seasons. Be prepared for rain even during the summer season. The best time to visit Brussels is between March and May and September and October. Plan your trip now and find the best flight for you by searching for promo fares to Brussels Airport in Brussels on Skyscanner Singapore.
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