Brussels provides the backdrop for the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, but this is no dull city. Brussels is a cosmopolitan capital, a melting pot, where its residents refer to themselves as Zinneke (mongrel), with a mix of origins - Flemish, Walloon, Italian, Spanish, English, German etc. There is even a bi-annual parade (the Zinneke Parade) of community groups and artists and schools that celebrates their multi-culturalness.
Cheap flights to Brussels are readily available with the low-cost airlines such as easyJet, Flybe and the national carrier Brussels Airlines.
Top sights include Grand Place, considered one of the most beautiful town squares; the Musées Royaux Des Beaux-Arts, with its priceless collection of Flemish and Belgian art; the Cantillon Brewery, a family brewery where Lambic, Gueuze, Faro and Kriek beers are made; and the Atomium, a huge silver structure, representing an iron crystal, magnified more than 160 billion times.
The Manneken Pis may very well be the best-known attraction in Belgium. This statue of a little boy urinating has a wardrobe of more than 700 costumes including Father Christmas and Elvis Presley suits.
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