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As you first walk into the city of Brussels, you'll experience a town full of history, politics, and modern day business. Currently, Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union, and it is the largest city and capital of Belgium. With a population of 1.2 million people in the city itself and approximately 1.8 million people in the metropolitan area, it's no surprise that the city is a bustling hotspot for those who travel to Europe.
The city is officially bilingual, with all street names, most advertisements, and other signs in both Dutch and French. There has been a shift to French over the last two centuries. In addition, many people in the area speak English, as well. This makes the city easy to get around in with any language.
The city itself combines modern and historical aspects perfectly. Not only is the city still in touch with its origins, but it has become one of the biggest business hubs in the world. Because of this, you'll find everything you want to do, from visiting museums such as the Magritte Museum to eating at the Music Village.
Whether you're headed to Brussels for business or pleasure, make sure you take some time to enjoy the unique feel of the city and its treasures. The city itself offers a number of fun and quirky options, such as the Comic Strip museum, for those looking to kick back and relax. The Museum of the City shows you Brussels' history, including exhibits that show and discuss each aspect of how the city has grown and changed over the centuries.
Buildings and monuments such as the Manneken Pis, Brussels’ most famous statue, pepper the city. Grand Place is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and is a beautiful and intriguing square in the city.
Art and culture is important to the inhabitants of Brussels. Visitors see this evidenced in the many art festivals, museums, and unique eateries that saturate the city. In February, you'll find the Affordable Art Fair and Foire du livre for those who love books and art of all types. The Brussels Summer Festival happens in August and features a number of artistic exhibitions, from theatre to music, and even street animations. Food lovers can enjoy the Eat! Brussels Festival in September, a festival that features Brussels’ beloved restaurants and food types for all palates.
The climate is temperate all year-long, making Brussels a fun city to visit no matter your travel time. Summers get warm with an average high of 73 degrees Fahrenheit in July and an average low of 33 degrees Fahrenheit in January.
No matter the season, no matter the century, Belgium's capital city's combination of history, culture, art, and decorum continues to capture the imagination of visitors both near and abroad.