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Stretched along the River Senne, Brussels is the capital of both Belgium and of Europe. Thus, it offers a fascinating mix of a modern European political and diplomatic center and a medieval city famous for its grand 17th-century buildings and beautiful, colorful, and fragrant flower markets. The heart of the city is Brussels Old Town, lined with incredible architecture, including the early 15th-century Hôtel de Ville and the elegant 17th-century Gildehuizen, with their intricate gables, ornate stonework, pilasters, balustrades, and gold decoration. Don’t miss the city landmark, the sculpture of the little boy known the Manneken Pis. The Atomium, also known as “Brussels’ Eiffel Tower,” offers great views of the city. Enjoy the majesty of the Saint-Michel Cathedral and take the kids to see the very different side of Brussels at the Belgian Comic Strip Center.
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