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Backpacking Brussels

Bruxelles/Brussel

There is a few things you should know about Brussels hostels and the city in general. Besides comparing you the best and cheapest hostels in Brussels, we also highlight what we have liked, disliked and things to look out for.

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and hosts the headquarters of the European Union and the NATO. The city is divided into six boroughs. If you are looking for a hostel in Brussels, several locations could be suitable for you. The so-called Pentagon is the historic city center and features most important sights. Laken is situated in the north and attracts tourists with Laeken Castle, the Atomium, and its pastoral charme. Louise/Louiza-Roosevelt in the south is a mostly residential area with lots of boutiques and luxury shopping. The European Quarter is dominated by modern architecture.

Brussels is served by two airports, Charleroi and Zaventem, which both can be accessed by train. Getting around in Brussels is not a problem since you will find a comprehensive public transport system consisting of subway trains, trams, and buses. You should have no problem reaching your Brussels hostel by public transit. From there, most parts of Brussels are best to be explored on foot.

While you are in Brussels, walk around the city center and admire the Grand Place, which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Be impressed by the abundance of gothic architecture and the Art Nouveau style by the Brussels architect Victor Horta, and visit Laeken Castle with its large greenhouses. Climb up the iconic Atomium, a symbolic structure that was built for the 1958 World’s Fair and consisting of nine steel spheres connected by tubes to form a model of an iron crystal. Have a picnic under the triumphal arch in the Cinquantenaire park, spend a day in the Royal Museum of Fine Art, and do not forget to eat authentic Belgian waffles. When booking your Brussels hostel, consider staying for a few days to take in all the sites.
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Antwerp Antwerp (41 Km / 26 mi.)
La Louvière La Louvière (42 Km / 26 mi.)
Westerlo Westerlo (47 Km / 29 mi.)
Charleroi Charleroi (49 Km / 31 mi.)

Things to do in Brussels

Here is a few more tips from the community. Other travelers share their best tips on backpacking Brussels:

If you are interested in history, Napoleon, World Wars, or airplanes, I recommend the Cinquantenaire Army museum -- a wonderful place. This museum was a highlight of my stay there. And if you stay in Brussels for a week or more, you definitely have to take a trip to Antwerp and especially to Brugge.

sonja

A capital of Europe, it is a must to visit! From a fastinating 'La Grande Place' to the Cartoon Museum and it's the best chocolate producing country in the world! This makes prices of chocolate low with the variety of brands and tastes. Come to visit Brussels yourself!

Deaw

This is a fantastic city! Make sure you include it on your European itinerary. It has fabulous archetecture, divine food, and so many gorgeous chocolate and lace shops that it is a great place to visit. One of the best cities in Europe!

Janine

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