Brussels, the de facto capital of the EU, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. After I flew in, I got the 15-minute train ride to the City. (Bruxelles Central). As I explored the city on foot, I noticed that Brussels is dedicated to their art culture and architecture. There are murals and statues located randomly around the city, and heroes from comic strips painted on nearly every corner. I chuckled at the bronze statue, Manneken Pis, the naked little boy urinating into a fountain's basin. Apparently, this is a testimony to the rebellious spirit of City of Brussels. ♀️
I love old architecture and churches and Brussels has plenty, National Basilica, Royal Palace, Coudenberg, St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, and many more. La Grand-Place is a masterpiece that dates back to the late 17th century. It is known as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, and it is breathtaking. I thoroughly enjoyed walking around town, come rain or shine, I will never miss an architectural detail. You won't be bored here, there are many beautiful parks and gardens in and around the city, and that being said, I’d recommend at least two days in the city of Brussels itself. .
I found Brussels to be remarkably cosmopolitan and diverse, and the Belgians I met had a good sense of humor. There is a wide variety of culinary dishes, I became addicted to the Belgium waffles, and after I left, I spent weeks trying to run off those calories. .
I hope I've convinced you to add Belgium to your travel list. I can’t wait to return and further explore this city.