Brussels: Attractions

The 13 Best Christmas Markets in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the U.K.

MUNICH—Did you know that there are 55 days left until Christmas, 23 days until Black Friday, and 31 days until the first Christmas markets open their stalls to customers?
Indeed, the holidays are coming and my favorite part of that is the wonderful Christmas markets or, as we say in Munich, the Christkindlmärkte.
In fact, you really haven’t truly experienced Christmas unless you’ve been to a Christmas market in Europe. They can …

The 2017 Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom

MUNICH—You haven’t truly experienced Christmas unless you’ve been to a Christmas market in Europe. They can be found in every major city and town in many European countries and the best are found in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
At every market you’ll find stalls stocked with fine handmade traditional holiday crafts and stocking stuffers along with food and drink including beautifully decorated Lebkuchen, a gingerbread-like baked Christmas treat.
Indeed, …

The Official Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom

MUNICH—From mid-November until Christmas Eve, Christmas markets can be found in every major city and town in many European countries including Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Today’s markets have their origins in Vienna’s December Market, which dates back to 1294, and which was followed by Christmas markets in Munich in 1310, Bautzen in 1384, and Frankfurt in 1393.
The smells of a Christkindlmarkt are addictive: Glühwein (spiced wine), scented candles, …

What’s Doing in Brussels After the Attacks

BRUSSELS— On March 22 of this year, bombs packed with nails were detonated in coordinated strikes at the city’s airport and a metro station. Including the three attackers, 35 people were killed by two blasts at the Brussels airport departure area around 8 a.m. and one in the Maalbeek metro station shortly after 9.
International travel warnings to avoid Belgium came swiftly while residents were told to avoid “unnecessary movement.”
Brussels, which …

What’s Doing In Brussels, Belgium

What’s Doing In Brussels, Belgium

With picturesque cobbled streets lined with medieval houses, Brussels (Bruxelles in French, Brussel in Dutch and, officially, the Brussels Region or Brussels-Capital Region), is the capital of Belgium and is comprised of 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels.  With a population of 1.8 million, it is the largest urban area in Belgium and is home to the headquarters of the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization …