Victor Hugo glorifies Brussels through his love for his daughter, and Jacques Brel imagines himself dreaming and dancing to the rhythm of men and crinoline-clad women in the place Sainte-Catherine. Come and tread this inspiring city's cobblestones as they did. Located only a few steps from the Grand-Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels is nestled behind the old-fashioned elegance of an art-deco façade. Drop off your luggage in a luxurious room that will bring you enchanted nights and restful mornings.
A dazzling walk through the center
Equipped only with your natural curiosity, set off to discover the most beautiful city hotel in Belgium, "a stunning fantasy that could have been conjured up by a poet yet was created by an architect", noted Victor Hugo. Stop at the King's House built in flamboyant gothic style, now the Museum of the City of Brussels, then try one of the tasty waffles of the Maison Dandoy with a creamy scoop of ice cream. In a nearby street, the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert house, under a sublime, bright glass canopy, luxury boutiques and the famous Théâtre Royal des Galeries. Shows are mainly in French, but the theatre is worth a stop, if only to see the facade from the outside.
From comics to cocoa
To the north of the hotel, you can explore the Belgian Center for Comic Strip Art. The 'bande dessinée' is an important aspect of Belgian popular culture, so even if you aren't a comic fan, consider this as a way to dive right into Belgian culture. At this start of spring, a major exhibition is being devoted to Chinese comic strips. And if you're not game for the full comic experience, then simply pop into the entrance. The museum is located in a majestic Art Nouveau building, created by Victor Horta in 1906 and has been transformed in an incredible way to house this museum.
To the south of the Grand-Place, the Mont des Arts eagerly awaits the visit of fans of culture. Feeling hungry? Pierre Marcolini will satisfy all of your chocolate cravings, while the Chaloupe d’Or perfectly encapsulates Belgian traditions within a historical decor. For a sweet treat, the Chocolate and Cocoa Museum invites you to sample its truffles and pralines.
The legendary peeing boy
A few streets further on, at the corner of rue de l’Étuve and rue du Chêne, the sun flushes the cheeks of the Manneken-Pis, which has given rise to so many of Brussels' legends. It's really something to be seen with your own eyes. Want to hear the legends? Ask a local! And in Brussels, who better than the bartender at one of Brussels' iconic bars?