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Brussels,
Belgium

Brussels, Belgium.
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Brussels, Belgium is the ultimate European city. As the headquarters to the EU (European Union) and NATO it is often referred to as The Capital of Europe. It is an international metropolis – a mosaic of languages, cultures, and traditions. Aside from the splendid and varied architectural styles of the city, Brussels also hosts over 80 museums, numerous tourist attractions, a vibrant gay night-life, and more restaurants than you could count. With the creation of the direct Eurostar link between London and Brussels, it makes it much easier and convenient to enjoy the best of both cites without all the hassles and delays when flying.

Belgium has been offering full civil marriage rights to gay couples since 2003 and an estimated 5,000 ceremonies have been held since then. In April 2006, the Belgian Parliament voted in favor to grant homosexual couples the right to adopt children and in June 2006, the country's first gay church was inaugurated in Ghent.

With this background, it is not surprising that Brussels has a great selection of gay specific deluxe hotels, inns, boutique guesthouses and unique bed and breakfast accommodations for the gay and lesbian traveler. Add to this selection the number of gay-friendly exclusive hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s and there is a great choice available for even the most discerning gay and lesbian traveler.

You can’t get a bad meal in Brussels. Okay, maybe it’s possible but you really have to try. The locals eat out a lot and are rather particular when it comes to fine food specially in regards to quality and creativity. If a restaurant, old or new, isn’t quite ‘cutting the mustard’ – it’s out of business. Brussels is a melting pot of cultures and this is clearly represented in the variety of cuisines available. There are more than 2000 restaurants in the city, so it would be difficult to name them all. But suffice it to say that whether you’re in the mood for traditional Belgian fare or international ‘Michelin 3 star’ cuisine, Brussels has it covered. Just have a healthy appetite.

The starting point for any visit to Brussels is the Grand Place, built as a merchant’s market in the 13th century. It serves as the center of the city and hosts numerous concerts and festivals including the Ommegang pageant held every July. The first building you notice upon entering the Grand Place is the striking gothic Town Hall, Hotel de Ville, which also dates back to the 13th century. Its beautiful facade features the famous needle-like crooked spire that is 315 feet high and topped off by the Archangel St. Michael.

Most of the gay bars and clubs are with-in walking distance of this square. Just ask for the street called " rue du Marché au Charbon " and look out for the rainbow flags in the windows. Most of the venues stock the free gay map/guide, which lists every association, nightclub, clothing store, sauna, or sex shop you could possibly need during your stay.

Other ‘must see’ places in Brussels include the famous statue of a little boy peeing in a fountain, called the Mannekin Pis, a perfect example of the Belgian’s sense of humor. This unique Brussels icon has been amusing visitors on the corner of Rue de L’Etuve & Stroofstraat since 1619. Next is the Mond Des Arts, situated half way between the broad avenues of Brussels’ Park and the gardens of Petit Sablon and Egmont. This area has several museums, theaters and historical monuments. Then there is the magnificent St. Michael and St. Gudula’s Cathedral, dating from the 15th century and dedicated to the male and female patron saints of Brussels, located near Central Station. Also check out the Botanical Gardens, built in 1874 by King Leopold II. The gardens contain one of the largest and finest private botanical collections in the world.

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