About Brussels

From early times through to the present day, the history of Brussels has been played out within a physical framework remarkably well-suited to ushering in the birth of a major urban conurbation.

Born at the point where two contrasting regions - one, to the west, made up of marshy plains and the other, to the east, comprising hills and low plateaux - come together, the city has successfully taken advantage of its central location.

Being the capital of Belgium and the headquarters of the European Union and N.A.T.O. (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels is an international financial centre and home to the European headquarters of over two thousand multinationals. Brussels offers high-calibre scientific resources and has flexible economic infrastructures that have enabled it to keep pace with the great technological changes of the 21st century. This has earned the city the title of the Capital of Europe.

Brussels has been given its character by the coexistence of French and Flemish culture, and it is nowadays home to nationalities from around the world, adding a cosmopolitan flavour to its atmosphere.

The vibrant atmosphere of Brussels is further enhanced by picturesque medieval streets, lively squares, beautiful boulevards, impressive monuments, spacious parks, cosy cafés, interesting restaurants and an active cultural life.

Some say that Brussels is not only the capital of Europe but also the capital of gastronomy. The art of good eating is part of an authentic way of life. A Belgian likes to stroll in certain areas well-known for their gastronomic tables, such as Place Sainte-Catherine known as the fish market, the place where you can feast on the mussels and oysters from Zelande, lobsters from different countries and local fish such as sole and turbot, which the best chefs turn into sublimely inventive dishes.

The Sablon is another part of the city renowned for its delicious fare. It boasts many antique shops as well as its numerous cafés, taverns, wine bars and chic restaurants. The food served is traditional, which is to say truly international.

A stone's throw from the Grand Place (Market Place) is the very popular Ilot Sacré, an area packed with restaurants serving Belgian and international cuisine.

Weather in Brussels in February

Daily temperatures in February range between 1°and 7 °C. Night temperatures range between -5°and 2°. There are 10 hours of daylight in February and the weather on average is characterized by drizzle and light to moderate rain. Days are mostly cloudy and overcast. Snow is rare.