Beyond the medieval history and rounded cobblestones of Brussels and Bruges – where tourists enjoy the aromatic gueuze, kriek beers, fluffy waffles and rich chocolate on offer – discover rural chateaux, bucolic pursuits and bustling market towns. Back in the capital, enjoy the Grand Square, learn the history of Brussel’s obsession with comic books and explore the Art Nouveau exteriors.
Visa requirements: None for British passport holders
Time zone: GMT + 1
Language: French,Dutch, English
Population: 2 million
Electricity: The standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz (same as the UK), Type E
Tipping policy: At customer’s discretion; a service charge is usually applied in restaurants
AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK
Direct flights to Brussels (average flight time: 1h 20m): Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham.
TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Royal Museums of Fine Arts, a group of art museums in Brussels
Atomium, a landmark building and museum
Museum of Natural Sciences
Mini-Europe amusement park
Parlamentarium, the visitors’ centre of the European Parliament
Winter Wonders and Christmas Market
Flower Carpet (biannual)
eat! Brussels, drink! Bordeaux, a culinary festival
Brussels Summer Festival
Comic Strip Festival
Either you or your future spouse must be a Belgian citizen or have been resident in Belgium for at least three months. Both of you must be over 18 and not already married.
Same-sex marriage is legal in Belgium.