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The administrative capital of Europe is an attractive destination for those studying history, economics or politics. There are opportunities to visit the institutions of the European Union and meet MEPs and their staff. Financial support may be available for such visits depending on the type of visit and group, so talk to us to see which options may be available to you. Beyond the European quarter of the city, Brussels is also the seat of the Belgian national government, the regional government and the city council; so it is very much an administrative centre.

Away from politics, Brussels has a rich cultural history to explore. There are the palaces and parks of the Belgian royal family, past and present, and the rich architectural heritage of the Flemish style Grande Place. On the edge of the city there is the Heysel district with its iconic Atomium, built for the World Fair in 1958; the national football stadium; the Bruparck, with its Mini Europe model village; and Océade Waterpark. Not far from the city is the historic site of the Battle of Waterloo and day excursions can easily take in Antwerp, Ghent, Brugge and Ypres.

Itinerary

The length of a visit to Brussels is very much dependant on what you want to see and do and where you are starting from in the UK.

A typical visit normally lasts for 2 or 3 nights.

Day 1

Travel to Brussels via the Dover / Folkestone crossing with a potential stop en-route. You may also choose to travel by air or rail.

Day 2

Morning visit to The European Parliament and Parlamentarium. Afternoon tour of the Grand Place and Heysel area.

Day 3

Morning visit to the university town of Leuven.

Afternoon visit to Waterloo Battlefields.

Day 4

Travel home via Brugge or Ypres.

We’d be happy to talk to you about what options are available to you, just give us a call.

Visits And Excursions

Each group will have its own special interests and curricular needs. That’s why every visit can be completely tailored around you. You’ll find some suggestions below, but you can always call us to discuss more options.

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A - Art & Architecture | C - Culture | G - Geography | H - History | L - Leisure | P - Performing Arts | Sc - Science, Tech & Engineering | G - General Tourist Attraction

European Parliament

European Parliament

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By planning your visit in conjunction with one of your local MEPs, it is possible to visit institutions of the European Union and meet the decision makers in parliament.

The Grand Place

The Grand Place

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Architecturally stunning and historically significant, the Grande Place shows off Flemish architecture and illustrates the guilds of years gone by.

Fine Art Museum

Fine Art Museum

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The Magritte Museum houses modern and classical art exhibitions in the heart of the city.

Instrument Museum

Instrument Museum

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One of the world’s largest collections of musical instruments is on display in the Art Nouveau building of the Old England Stores. A must visit for music students.

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

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The Royal Palace is open most days in the summer months, giving visitors a unique chance to explore this beautiful building.

Atomium

Atomium

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Visible from all over the Heysel district, the Atomium was built for the World Fair in 1958 and represents a molecule of iron. Visits here offer spectacular views and a scientific view of the earth in both its permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Chocolate Making Demonstration

Chocolate Making Demonstration

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Brussels and Belgium are internationally renowned for their chocolate. A visit to a Belgian Chocolate makers gives students an opportunity for a hands-on workshop in the art of chocolate making.

Parlamentarium - (Click for more information)

Culture History General Tourist Attraction

Visit the European Parliament’s visitors centre with permanent exhibitions, self-led tour with head phones available.

Mini Europe - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture Geography History Leisure Activity Science, Technology and Engineering General Tourist Attraction

Also in the Heysel area of the city is the Bruparck complex, which contains a miniature village representing all the countries and architectural styles of the EU. They also run educational courses about the EU on site.

Océade - (Click for more information)

Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

This amazing water park will offer an enjoyable reward after days of study. It is easy to combine a visit here with any of the other attractions in the Heysel quarter of the city.

Heysel Stadium - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture History Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

Now known as the King Baudouin Stadium, since it was rebuilt following the infamous disaster and reopened in 1994. Visits can be booked for guided tours or self-guided visits.

Waterloo - (Click for more information)

Geography History General Tourist Attraction

The site of Wellington’s most famous victory in 1815 allows students to see the battlefields first-hand, and learn about strategies involved in the battle with the models and artefacts in the Visitor Centre.

Walibi - (Click for more information)

Culture Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

One of Belgium’s top theme parks is only 20 miles to the south east of the city, and is another way of offering your students a chance to relax and have fun.

Antwerp - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture Geography History Leisure Activity Science, Technology and Engineering General Tourist Attraction

Being a diamond city, an important port on the Rhine and having a world famous zoo, are all aspects that can be explored in this fascinating border city just 21 miles north of the Belgian capital.

Bruges - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture Geography History Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

The medieval city of Bruges is an ideal visit en-route to or from Brussels, especially for those travelling via its port of Zeebruges. The architecture, canals and historical heritage are internationally renowned.

Ghent - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture Geography History Science, Technology and Engineering General Tourist Attraction

Ghent is a delight of art and architectural history, where you can see three cathedrals in one view and discover the famous ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by van Eyck. The castle and waterside customs houses will also fascinate your students. Technical visits are also available in Ghent, such as the Volvo factory.

Ypres - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

For students studying WW I in particular, Ypres and the battlefields of the Salient are an integral part of a visit to Belgium. The battlefields, the cemeteries and the site of the inspiration of World War I poetry all combine into an unforgettable experience. Those extending their Belgian visit to spend a night in Ypres will also be able to take part in the moving experience of the last post ceremony performed by the fire brigade at 8pm every evening. This has taken place since November 11th 1929 under the memorial of the Menin Gate.

In recent years, hotel rates in the centre of the city have gone up to match if not exceed other major European capital cities. As a result we recommend youth centres within the city and two or three star hotels in the suburbs.

Bruegel Hostel - (Click for more information)

This large, modern and well run hostel is within easy walking distance of all the city centre attractions with easy access to the Grande Place. Although part of the Flemish hostel network, English is widely spoken.

Jacques Brel Hostel - (Click for more information)

This hostel also offers easy access to the city centre but is slightly further out than the Bruegel and on the North West edge of the city centre. It is a more traditional building and French speaking.

Meininger Brussels - (Click for more information)

Situated on the southern edge of the city, Meininger was opened in 2013 in a former brewery that had also been used for art displays. High quality rooms are spread over four floors, with over 700 beds.

Best Western Wavre - (Click for more information)

This three star hotel is 25 km south east of Brussels and easily accessible, with close proximity to the motorway. As well as being a smaller more comfortable unit than a hostel, it is only 6km from the Walibi theme park for those who want to add leisure time to a study visit to Brussels.