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When to go
The Belgian capital is renowned for its festival and cultural diary, rather than for its mild, rainy climate. So it is well worth checking what's on before you go!
As Brussels is a business centre, summertime is the low season and the hotels often offer lower rates. An ideal opportunity to enjoy the National holiday on July 21, rich in parades, games and fireworks, or to watch the historic Ommegang parade in early July on the Grand-Place. The sky may be grey, but the temperatures will be pleasant. You can also make the most of the “Brussels by the Sea” facilities on the banks of the canal from mid-July to mid-August. In August, the Grand-Place is decked in flowers. The festivities continue in early September with the Belgian Beer Weekend, which showcases the country’s beers.
Other iconic events include the festival of Europe in May with open days in all the European institutions and the antique fair in late January, attended by the leading merchants… In winter, we recommend you seek protection from the snow in the welcoming cafés and heated terraces!
Formalities and useful addresses
Brussels Tourism Board – http://visitbrussels.be
Post offices are open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Some, like the post offices on De Brouckère square or Midi railway station stay open even on the weekends.