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Popular amenities for Brussels vacation rentals

Stay near Brussels's top sights

Grand Place204 locals recommend
Atomium518 locals recommend
Manneken Pis485 locals recommend
Cinquantenaire Park522 locals recommend
Docks Bruxsel52 locals recommend
Brussels Expo25 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Brussels

  • Total rentals

    9.7K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    305K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    2.2K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    1.1K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    40 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    4K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Brussels

All About Brussels

As Belgium’s capital city and the birthplace of Art Nouveau, Brussels has an air of European sophistication that embraces artistic expression. The city is home to numerous fountains, museums dedicated to musical instruments, a theme park with miniature replicas of famous monuments, and a center that celebrates comics and graphic novels. Although the architecture, art, and shopping are world class, the city’s diverse history and magic are best captured in its food. As you stroll down the cobblestone streets in Brussels’ historic districts, you’ll pass chocolate shops displaying handmade bonbons, smell sugary stroopwafels in the air, and spot street vendors selling cones of crispy frites.

The central square, or Grand Palace, in the medieval central district is a great place to start exploring. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by ornate buildings from the 17th century. You can also take in the gardens, monuments, and museums of Cinquantenaire Park and the upscale mansions and gothic churches of Sablong. In the hip neighborhood of Marolles, working-class residents sip coffee in unfussy cafes. Along the way you can snag a mitraillette, a Belgian sandwich with meat and fries, a perfect snack to enjoy on the lawn of Duden Park.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Brussels

Weather in Brussels is relatively mild aside from its chilly winters. With around nine days of rain each month, it's always a good idea to pack warm layers and an umbrella. If you’re staying during April or May, visit the rare plants and flowers in full bloom at the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, a 19th-century Art Nouveau complex that spans 270,000 square feet. Locals fill up the city’s squares and beer gardens in the summer months, but you’ll be far from the only one exploring the narrow streets. Between September and November, mussels are in season, but you’ll need warmer layers and sturdy footwear to keep your balance on the city’s wet cobbles.

The cold weather and dark evenings in the winter months do not stop events and celebrations. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the city is transformed for the Winter Wonders Festival with light shows in Grand Place, a Christmas market with outposts all over the city, an ice rink, a fairground, and stalls selling mulled wine and Belgian beer.


Top things to do in Brussels

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

In Brussels’ Royal District, you’ll find six stately art museums with more than 20,000 works on display. You’ll be able to view masterpieces from 15th-century Flemish painters, a museum dedicated to the works of Belgium’s most famous surrealist, and influential fin-de-siècle exhibits.

Marché du Midi

There’s a wealth of open-air markets throughout Brussels throughout the week, and you’ll likely stumble upon one if you spend any time exploring the city. One of the largest markets in Europe is Marché du Midi next to the central train station, where you’ll find stalls selling fresh produce, spices, prepared foods, and baked goods. For vintage trinkets, clothes, housewares, and books, check out the Jeu de Balle Flea Market, which takes place daily in the Marolles neighborhood.

Atomium

Originally built for the World’s Fair in 1958, this eye-catching metal structure in Heysel Park has become an iconic Brussels landmark. Head up the elevator and inside through tunneled walkways that look like a science-fiction set and learn about the building’s history via a permanent exhibition before admiring panoramic views of the Brussels skyline through four of its nine sphere-shaped points.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Brussels?

    Brussels experiences a temperate oceanic climate. Summers typically range from 66°F to 75°F (19°C to 24°C), and winters average around 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). Light rain is common throughout the year, but snowfall is rare. In winter, you can enjoy indoor activities like visiting museums or exploring indoor markets.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Brussels?

    Visitors can explore Brussels by strolling around the Grand Place, visiting the Atomium, or taking a guided tour of the Royal Palace. Engaging in a Belgian chocolate-making workshop is also a popular activity.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Brussels?

    Brussels is often visited between June and August when the weather is warmest. During this period, the city hosts the Brussels Summer Festival, an annual music event. In early October, the Nuit Blanche, a night-time arts festival, attracts many visitors as well.

  • What are the best places to stay in Brussels?

    Visitors frequently suggest staying in the Grand Place area for its historical charm and central location. The Saint-Gilles district is appreciated for its Art Nouveau architecture and vibrant atmosphere. For those seeking a quieter, more residential area, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre is a commonly recommended neighborhood.

  • What are the best places to visit in Brussels?

    Notable places to visit in Brussels include the iconic Grand Place, the Atomium, and the Royal Palace. Art enthusiasts may appreciate a visit to the Magritte Museum or the Comic Strip Center.

  • What are some hiking trails in Brussels?

    For nature enthusiasts, the Sonian Forest, with its 4,421 hectares (10,920 acres) of woodland, provides numerous hiking trails. The Rouge-Cloître Abbey park, located amidst a scenic forest setting, is another popular choice for hiking.

  • What are some family activities to do in Brussels?

    Families can engage in a variety of activities such as exploring the Natural Sciences Museum, visiting the Children's Museum, or taking a walk in the Mini-Europe theme park. The Parc de Bruxelles, with its playgrounds and picnic areas, is another popular family destination.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Brussels?

    Brussels is an excellent starting point for day trips. You can take a train to the medieval city of Bruges, or visit Ghent, a city known for its vibrant cultural scene. The Battle of Waterloo site, located just outside of Brussels, is another popular day trip destination.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Brussels?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Brussels. From over 930 house rentals to over 6,900 apartment rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Brussels?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 4,000 vacation rentals in Brussels featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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