Despite a stuffy, bureaucratic reputation, Brussels is a lively city for any visitor. The central Grand'Place will grab your attention, and the surrounding streets, comfy bars, and welcoming people will hold it.
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- The Grand'Place is over the top as far as central squares go. Be sure to look at the top of the buildings; each has a special design based on the guild it housed in the 1700s.
- Nearby, the Manneken Pis draws throngs of visitors to see the famous statue of a boy peeing. Throughout the year he is dressed by the city in themed costumes.
- Have a beer at A la Mort Subite, a 1920s café and a Brussels institution. It's a five-minute walk from the Grand'Place.
- Ommegang, a historical pageant recreating Emperor Charles V's reception by the city in 1549, is held the first Tuesday and Thursday in July.
- The Grand'Place hosts a flower market every day save Monday from March to October.
- The battlefield of Waterloo, where Napoleon met his match, is 12 mi/19 km south of the city.