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The capital is an excellent starting point for beer lovers. Not only are interesting places in the rest of the country fairly close by, but there is much to enjoy right here.
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  • Food and Wine
  • Museums

Experiences

  • The Grand'Place is over the top as far as central squares go; be sure to grab a table at one of the excellent cafés in the area, such as the art deco Falstaff, or at A la Mort Subite, a 1920s café and a Brussels institution.
  • Visit the home of the Belgian Brewers Association, the Brewers House, in an 18th-century mansion on Grand'Place, where you can see tools from the original Hoegaarden brewery as well as a high-tech video installation. A glass of beer is included in the price of admission.
  • The only Lambic brewery left in Brussels is the Museum van de Gueuze. Tours are available in English and allow visitors to see the process from start to finish; there's a tasting at the end, of course.

Festivals

  • Ommegang, a historical pageant recreating Emperor Charles V's reception by the city in 1549, is held the first Tuesday and Thursday in July.
  • From March to October the Grand'Place's flower market fills the area on every day save Monday.

Side Trips

  • The battlefield of Waterloo, where Napoleon met his match, is 12 mi/19 km south of the city.

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