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Holidays to Brussels

Like many great European cities, Brussels is so packed with attractions that on Brussels holidays, you will never be able to see them all on a single visit, but there are some that you can easily take in and should on no account omit.

The famous Mannekin-Pis statue has become a symbol of this incomparable city, although its subject matter is unusual. The ‘pissing boy’ is great fun to be photographed next to and will set the tone for an entertaining day spent amongst the city’s somewhat more elevated artworks. Nonetheless, the ‘pissing boy’ warns you what to expect in a city that, despite its traditions and eminence, does not take itself too seriously.

Central Square is a great place to start an exploration of the city on holidays in Brussels. It has been at the heart of the city since mediaeval times and is the focal point for a veritable cobweb of cobbled streets and alleys. You can sit here with a coffee and snack and admire the old merchants’ guild houses that line the square as they always have, symbols of a flourishing trade as Europe underwent its Renaissance and the wealthy middle classes started to emerge.

The stupendous Hotel de Ville in the Square dates from 1402 and mercifully escaped devastation during the Second World War when many other buildings here were flattened. This is one of the most ornate and breathtaking facades in the whole of Europe and is still used by the town council for official business.

The Royal Museum of Central Africa reminds the visitor of the colonial links between Belgium and Africa, when King Leopold created the Belgian Congo in the early 19th century, opening up an era that has come to be designated ‘The Scramble for Africa’ and its vast riches by the European powers. The museum, in addition to containing many great works of art from the former colony, also serves a more serious purpose in exploring, through a range of exhibits, the relationship between the rulers and the ruled during that unhappy period of barely controlled greed for resources and power at the expense of countless native lives.

By way of contrast, you should also visit the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, which is dedicated to ancient and modern art forms, primarily European, and has two wings for the older and more recent works that combine to form a leading gallery. Older works from the 15th to 18th centuries include those by the old masters, whilst the modern art collection explores the changing perceptions of the later 19th and the 20th centuries, as old forms were questioned and a dynamic new approach took hold in works by the likes of Picasso, Klimt, and Mondrian.

 
 
 
 
 

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