Inhabitants : 177 849 habitants (2015).
Surface : 36,2 km2.
Mayor : Yvan Mayeur
The City of Brussels is the heart of the Brussels’ region and spreads geographically in a very strange way across the city, thus, its big diversity.
In the centre Brussels disposes of one of the biggest pedestrian zones in Europe, still in the middle/course* of being developed: the superb Grand Place finds it’s place there. It is very well served by public transport.
Le Parc de Bruxelles is surrounded by important culturel centres (théâtre du Parc, Bozar, Musée des Instruments de Musique (MIM), Musée Magritte, Fin de Siècle and Art Ancien…)
The Théâtre de la Monnaie is an important place for opera.
At the Cinquantenaire (behind the European quarter) there are many museums: Army, Autoworld, Art and History…
In the Boulevard de Waterloo and la Rue Antoine Dansaert one can find many high class/top of the range* brands. The Rue Neuve is an important popular commercial centre.
To relax (a drink or lunch) at l’Organgerie du Parc d’Egmont is a guaranteed change of scenery right in the heart of the Capital.
To enjoy seafood (with delicious Belgian « frites ») in a restaurant at la Place Sainte-Catherine is pure bliss.
Not to forget the plentiful Brussels’ folklore (Théâtre de Toone, the Meyboom demonstration, l’Ommegang…) and the delicious chocolate widely represented in the centre !
With regard to real estate, prices have increased considerably. The city of Brussels remains average concerning the purchase of a traditional house. On the other hand, the rental market is one of the most expensive in the region.
By Bernard De Plaen (2016)
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