Private jet charter to Brussels
Brussels is a city that’s hard to sum up. You only need to look at the eclectic architecture, which ranges from medieval and Gothic to Art Nouveau and ultra-modern, to see the various influences on the Belgian capital throughout the centuries. And in just one day you can sip a hot chocolate at a cafe on Brussels’ breathtaking central square, brush shoulders with the people in charge of the European Union, and discover the city’s role as an artistic powerhouse.
The central Bruxelles-Ville, or the City of Brussels, is one of Brussels’ 19 municipalities. This is where you’ll find most of the city’s places of interest including its historic heart, the Lower Town (Bas de la Villa). With a network of narrow streets leading away from the spectacular Grand Place, the layout of this part of town has hardly changed since medieval times. Get lost in this maze and you’ll find yourself walking past beautiful Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings and one of the world’s smallest city icons, the Manneken Pis, which is located to the south-west of the square.
The Grand Place itself is something of an architectural masterpiece. Surrounded by the Gothic Town Hall, snuggled rows of iconic Belgian guild houses and the King’s House (now the Brussels City Museum), it’s considered to be one of the most picturesque squares in Europe. Stop for a while for some moules frites in one of the cafés or brasseries that line the square, and sample the finest Belgian chocolate the original Godiva Chocolatier shop.
From the wide Boulevard de l’Empereur, at the southern edge of the Lower Town, the streets start to rise as they take you up to the Haut de la Ville, or Upper Town, a world of palaces, squares, art museums and green parks. The highlights of the area include the Royal Palace of Brussels – the official palace of the King and Queen of the Belgians – and the vast Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium; be sure to check out the fantastic Magritte Museum, a celebration of the works of the surrealist painter Rene Magritte, one of Belgium’s most famous artists. From here, continue on to the Sablon neighbourhood with its many antique stores, mansions and striking Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon.
Brussels is the political heart of Europe, playing host to the European Parliament and the European Commission. The European District of Brussels to the east of the city centre is where you’ll find the iconic Berlaymont Building and the Parliament building. Fun-loving Europhiles should head to the north of the city and take a tour around the highlights of the continent at the theme park Mini-Europe. The park sits at the foot of the Atomium, a Brussels landmark that was built for Expo 58, the 1958 World’s Fair. You can walk through the tubes and spheres of the 102-metre-high structure and enjoy views over the city and its surroundings.
Brussels is one of the most significant centres of the Art Nouveau movement. Victor Horta, a pioneering late 19th-Century architect, designed a number of buildings in the city including the UNESCO-listed Hotel Tassel and the Horta Museum in the neighbouring municipalities of Saint-Gilles and Ixelles. The former is considered to be the first Art Nouveau building in the world. In the early 20th Century, this innovative style took off with upper-class families choosing it for their lavish townhouses. See another of Horta’s structures back in the centre of town – an old department store that now houses the Brussels Comic Book Museum.
The city is served by Brussels Airport, which is situated about 9 miles from the heart of the city. Simply contact one of our team and we can arrange everything you need to charter a private jet to Brussels.