As Europe's administrative capital, Brussels is the place where the majority of important decisions affecting the continent are made. All the main motorways in the country lead to the city, making it very easily accessible. It can also be reached via Brussels-South railway station, a major centre for international services, while the airport is the fourteenth busiest in Europe, with 35 million passengers per year.
Brussels is the administrative headquarters of the European Union. In the district known as the "European Quarter" two of the EU's most important bodies are located: the European Commission in the Berlaymont building and the EU Council in the Justus Lipsius building.
Capital of Belgium
Belgium is a land of beer, chocolate and comics, with a charm that is difficult to resist. Bordered by France to the south, the Netherlands to the north and Germany and Luxembourg to the east, the country is divided into two main regions: Flanders, where Flemish is spoken, and Wallonia, where people speak French, with Brussels as the capital between the two.
Belgium is easily accessible from all parts of the world via the two main airports. From Brussels South (Charleroi), the Hotel Silken Berlaymont can be reached by bus (€8-10), or train (€15) in just under an hour. Brussels National Airport is much closer, only about 15 minutes away. A taxi from the airport costs about €30, and there is a bus service costing about €4.
The country is centrally located in the heart of Europe, and at different times has been under the control of the Duchy of Burgundy, Spain, Austria, France and Holland. As a result, the country offers an amazing variety of historical, artistic, gastronomical and architectural attractions.
Brussels is a cosmopolitan city comprising nineteen districts divided into two areas, according to the language spoken. The Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998, is the heart of the city and can be reached by all usual forms of transport. In past centuries, this square was home to the food markets and many of the surrounding streets still bear names recalling the products that used to be sold there. Markets are no longer held here but the square described by Victor Hugo as "the most beautiful in Europe" is still a place everyone should visit at least once in their life.
What to see in Brussels
The different districts of the city are home to a wide range of places of interest to visit. The European Quarter, for example, is notable for the presence of people from the world of business, who give the area a dynamic atmosphere. When they finish work, they go to the parks to rest and have a drink or something to eat. The area is full of restaurants, bars and green spaces, which surround some of the European Union's most important official institutions. In this district you can visit the headquarters of the European Commission, Place du Luxembourg, Rond-Point Schuman, Rue de la Loi, Place Marie-Louise, Place Ambiorix, Hôtel van Eetvelde, the Justus Lipsius building, headquarters of the European Union Council (access is restricted), the Parc du Cinquantenaire with its Great Mosque, and many other places of interest.
Rue de la Loi links Place Schuman to the famous Brussels Park, located very close to the historic centre of the city. The area includes the Grand Place, the Royal Palace, City Hall, the museum district (Mont des Arts), the Federal Parliament with its Chamber of Representatives and Senate, the iconic Manneken Pis, the Stock Exchange, the Îlot Sacré, or sacred isle, the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula, and the famous Place Sainte Catherine, home to the capital's best seafood restaurants.
Other places of interest to visit during your stay in Brussels include Ixelles, with its woods, parks and ponds, and the Avenue Louise, every bit as elegant as the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
Special offers from Silken Hotels in Brussels
At this hotel, equipped with services including a complete spa, keep-fit equipment, bar, cafeteria-cake shop and private garage in the heart of the European Quarter, you can also find some of the best special offers in Brussels. Check this section to find the option that is best suited to your wishes and come and discover a city that is unique in Europe for its position, its fascinating history and the character of its people. If you book through us, you can take advantage of our free cancellation policy, you will be guaranteed the best rates and you won't have to pay until you reach the hotel. We look forward to seeing you!