Destination to Consider – Brussels, BelgiumSep 14, 2018
Brussels is consistently ranked as one of the top convention cities in the world, thanks to its ample meeting space and picturesque setting. Many meeting organizers choose Europe’s capital city for its outstanding infrastructure, facilities and services.
Brussels is not an ordinary convention city, hosting the European Commission, the European Parliament as well as other important EU institutions, representing more than 500 million Europeans from all the member states. This global focus makes Brussels a dynamic and captivating city, perfect for bringing conference attendees together from around the world.
French is the official language of Brussels, however the city is incredibly multilingual, with people from all corners of the globe making this city their home. This only adds to the incredibly diverse culture that is present within Brussels. The growth of EU institutions and international organisations has further aided this, and resulted in a melting pot of nationalities, ideas and ways of life where everyone feels at home. It has also created an easy-to-access body of professional translators and interpreters (in all 24 official EU languages) that no other city can match.
If have time to visit Brussels while before or after your meeting, you should not miss the Grand Place; a 15th century town square and the home of the world-famous Mannekin Pis statue. The Palais de Justice; the high court of Brussels; offers one of the most spectacular views over the city.
Once you have taken in the sights and sounds of Brussels, take time out to sample the fantastic gastronomy that Brussels has to offer. You can’t leave the city without trying the local waffles, the world famous chocolate, its French Fries and its numerous types of beers.
Brussels has superb air, road and rail connections, right in the heart of Europe. When you have arrived, it’s easy to move around the compact city by tram, bus, metro, or on foot. Most places are within walking distance or a short ride away. Step out of your hotel and the chances are you’ll find shops, restaurants, places of interest and nightlife, all within a short stroll. Please note that pedestrians do not have the right of way in Brussels. Paris is less than an hour and a half away by high-speed rail; London, Cologne and Amsterdam just two. If you fly in, it will take you only 20 minutes by train from the airport to the city centre.
Brussels offers you an amazing variety of meeting venues for all types of events. A few to mention are Europe’s most centrally-located meeting complex; SQUARE- Brussels Meeting Centre; Brussels Expo complex to the north of the city (you can say how many people they cater). Historical, quirky, Art Nouveau, post-industrial, design, academic, ultra-modern, ... there’s no end of choice. Why not try the world’s most surprising meeting place high up in the Atomium? Or a meeting room bisected by a river, for extra inspiration? Or maybe rent your own chateau? In Brussels the possibilities are endless.